With “Abrahadabra,” the symphonic Norwegian heavy metal group Dimmu Borgir set out “to make a huge-sounding album,” according to guitarist Silenoz.
And, he adds, “it turned out quite bigger than we expected.” How’d that happen?
“Well, when you record demos for the songs, it’s obviously on with keyboards and stuff like that first,” explains Silenoz (real name Sven Atle Kopperud), 33. “But once you get the real orchestra on top, when you go into the studio and record the real deal, then you really see what the potential is. That’s the great thing about it; you see it expand into this new dimension once you put the real choirs and real orchestra on top of it.
“So that’s where it really took shape.
Among the songs on “Abrahadabra” is one actually called “Dimmu Borgir,” which Silenoz says is explicitly about the band and its 17-year career, even addressing the 10 drummers (including one named Hellhammer) who have been through its ranks, Spinal Tap-style, over that time.
“This is our ninth album, so we thought we needed to have something that was directly concerning the band this time, so we made that song,” Silenoz says. “It’s important after so many years and so many different misconceptions about the reality of what this band was about. It’s just our way of telling how it is. There’s a lot of stuff in-between the lines, of course, but the basic thing is very easy. And it’s a great live song, too.”
Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, Blood Red Throne and Dawn of Ashes perform Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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