Guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (a.k.a. Silenoz) of Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR spoke to Metal Shock Finland about the status of the band’s upcoming long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s “Abrahadabra” album. “Everything is pretty much set to go,” he said. We’re still in the final stages of getting everything, artwork-wise, ready, [as well as] photos, videos, stuff like that. So, things are taking a bit of time. I guess after seven years, a little bit more waiting doesn’t hurt too much, hopefully.”
He continued: “We feel that we’re sitting on the best album that we could possibly do at this time, and personally, I think it’s definitely our best album to date. Obviously, that’s something that everybody says, but if I didn’t believe that we would do our best album, there wouldn’t really be any point doing a new one. So, yeah, I’m really excited about it, and I know that quite a few fans will probably be positively surprised. And, yeah, we can’t wait to get this stuff off the ground and get going.”
Asked when fans can expect the new DIMMU BORGIR disc to be released, Silenoz said: “Well, I would say… When we spoke last time, I said something about around this time [laughs] or November of 2017, but now I think it’s gonna be the first half of 2018, the way it looks now. We’re really looking forward to have it out.”
DIMMU BORGIR‘s latest release was the “Forces Of The Northern Night” DVD, which was made available in April via Nuclear Blast. The set contains two of the band’s live performances: their legendary show in Oslo, presenting DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as their entire performance at Wacken Open Air festival in 2012 in Wacken, Germany with almost a hundred musicians on stage.