Dimmu Borgir

With: Stian Tomt "Shagrath" Thoresen
Conducted by: Baz Anderson (in person)
Published: 25.11.2011

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Dimmu Borgir
Dimmu Borgir are currently on tour in the UK performing two sets each night with no support band. After a night in London, a hungover Shagrath found himself in Nottingham with camera and microphone pointed in his direction. Compliantly and pleasantly nice, he answered questions on the tour, the band's success, black metal, and the future. Watch the video below to see the chat.







00:07 | Good evening, how are you doing?
00:15 | You're doing a pretty special tour with two sets; who's idea was it and why are you doing it?
01:26 | Enthroned Darkness Triumphant won the vote, which would you have voted for?
02:05 | You're one of the most commercially successful extreme metal bands in the world; what sets you apart from the other bands?
03:05 | In a typically not very commercially successful genre, do you think more people focus on that success rather than your music?
03:49 | If Dimmu Borgir wasn't as successful as it has been, would you still be doing it now?
04:33 | As of a couple of years ago Dimmu Borgir became a three piece, will you be looking to form a complete lineup again?
06:12 | Is it correct that a couple of months ago you were in the studio working on a 20th anniversary release?
06:54 | When writing music where do you get your inspiration from; what are the elements that a Dimmu Borgir song must have?
08:34 | Keep Of Kalessin tried to do it, how about Dimmu Borgir tries to enter the Eurovision Song Contest?
09:06 | Away from the band and touring, what do you do to wind down; any interesting hobbies?
09:27 | You've covered Twisted Sister and Pink Floyd, so you obviously like different types of music - you might not know that it was on this day 20 years ago that Freddie Mercury died; were you a fan of Queen or were they of any influence?
10:07 | How far do your musical boundaries go?
10:58 | Would you consider yourself a black metal band?
11:51 | After this tour, what's next for the band?
12:30 | Aiming for next year for the new album?
12:48 | Last words.



A review of the show can be found here.

Thanks to Shagrath for his time.
Conducted and edited by Barry Anderson.
Recorded by Lydia Parry.



 



Posted on 25.11.2011 by
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Troy Killjoy - 25.11.2011 at 04:26  
This was a really good review. I liked his black metal response, especially after discussing Dimmu's musical boundaries. Very informative interview, and always nice to be one of the first sites to learn of a new album.
liveordie - 25.11.2011 at 07:09  
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Void Eater - 25.11.2011 at 07:50  
Anybody else think that Norweigen accents sound similar to British accents? For a second I was thinking, "Woah, Shaggy's a brit?"

Also, would have been hillarious if after Baz asked "In a typically not very commercially successful genre, do you think more people focus on that success rather than your music?", that Shaggy would reply, "Yeah, it's happening right now

And another thing... I am quite curious about Shaggy's quirky sexual activities that he felt uncomftorable sharing with the world.
Troy Killjoy - 25.11.2011 at 07:53  
Written by Void Eater on 25.11.2011 at 07:50
Anybody else think that Norweigen accents sound similar to British accents? For a second I was thinking, "Woah, Shaggy's a brit?"

I thought Baz was talking to himself for the first few minutes and then I was like... oh, that's Shagrath. A Norwegian. I always thought "Norveegans taulked liak dees" or something. Kind of like...more Transylvanian or I dunno.
Øyvind - 25.11.2011 at 10:00  
He did sound a bit... born somewhere around Scotland/Northern England, or maybe even Welsh to a degree, however they say that the language most similar to English is in fact Norwegian. And Shagrath is still a gentleman.
Troy Killjoy - 25.11.2011 at 10:02  
Well between Varg and Fenriz (as heard on Until the Light Takes Us), both sound ... I dunno, typically Norwegian. Their accents aren't thick but they are noticeable. Shagrath's accent sounds British*.

* Joe if you see this, it's not my fault we're told you have a British accent, it's just the way it is.
moe5512 - 25.11.2011 at 10:46  
I think Shagrath sounded like a norwegian speaking english?
Good interview, liked the black metal question but the eurovison question was a bit silly...
Iron Nostarion - 25.11.2011 at 12:16  
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[quote=Void Eater]
And another thing... I am quite curious about Shaggy's quirky sexual activities that he felt uncomftorable sharing with the world.


Hahahahahahahah my same thought exactly.

Great interview again, not a fan of Dimmu Borgir, but Baz's interviews got me into Nile and Melechesh, so yeah, why not check them all out?
Baz Anderson - 25.11.2011 at 17:56  
Haha, well he didn't sound British to me in any way... He spoke with a Norwegian accent how I expected him to... Maybe I don't have a typical British accent or something, I do speak kind of weird.
Windrider - 25.11.2011 at 18:38  
'We are more than only Black Metal' -- Holy shit you aint more but just different!

Apart from that a very good interview, like his answers too...
psykometal - 25.11.2011 at 21:25  
Well guys another thing to remember about his accent not being very thick, a lot of the lyrics are in English and because he is the vocalist and frontman of the band he, I'm sure, has to speak English a lot to communicate with a lot of different kinds of people so it's very understandable why his accent would not be very thick. I agree with Baz, he sounded exactly as I expected being a Norwegian citizen that has to deal with an international market. Plus he may have been trying a little harder than usual to cut out his accent for the sake of the interview; inherently a lot of people have a tendency to adapt their accent and speech patterns to resemble the person they are talking with so as to be as understandable as possible.
AnGina-- - 26.11.2011 at 00:02  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 25.11.2011 at 07:53
"Norveegans taulked liak dees"


Man, reading this it sounds nothing like Romanian accent to me, but more like one of those rednecks with two remaining teeth being all ''Howdy matey''.

And what's with the I-just-came-out-of-rehab sunglasses there, I needed 5 minutes to get focused on what he was saying, watching that new style of his. Yo bro!
M C Vice - 26.11.2011 at 01:35  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 25.11.2011 at 07:53

Written by Void Eater on 25.11.2011 at 07:50
Anybody else think that Norweigen accents sound similar to British accents? For a second I was thinking, "Woah, Shaggy's a brit?"

I thought Baz was talking to himself for the first few minutes and then I was like... oh, that's Shagrath. A Norwegian. I always thought "Norveegans taulked liak dees" or something. Kind of like...more Transylvanian or I dunno.

Fenriz sounds a bit english on the interviews on the 1st 4 Darkthrone albums, maybe they learned english from english tv, so they copied the accent slightly to speak it.
Troy Killjoy - 26.11.2011 at 01:39  
Written by M C Vice on 26.11.2011 at 01:35
Fenriz sounds a bit english on the interviews on the 1st 4 Darkthrone albums, maybe they learned english from english tv, so they copied the accent slightly to speak it.

That's what I'm assuming. A lot of the people who move out West (Canada) from the East coast lose their accent over the years.
M C Vice - 26.11.2011 at 01:46  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 26.11.2011 at 01:39

Written by M C Vice on 26.11.2011 at 01:35
Fenriz sounds a bit english on the interviews on the 1st 4 Darkthrone albums, maybe they learned english from english tv, so they copied the accent slightly to speak it.

That's what I'm assuming. A lot of the people who move out West (Canada) from the East coast lose their accent over the years.

I've got 2 cousins who's father is Irish and when they were younger they sounded fairly Irish, but now they don't. But my uncle's accent is still there.
Troy Killjoy - 26.11.2011 at 04:39  
Written by AnGina-- on 26.11.2011 at 00:02
:lol: Man, reading this it sounds nothing like Romanian accent to me, but more like one of those rednecks with two remaining teeth being all ''Howdy matey''.

It was supposed to sound more similar to Dracula (from the Bram Stoker novel-based movie) than an American redneck.
Moosh666 - 26.11.2011 at 12:55  
It is good to be open minded yes Shagrath, but not liking certain kinds of music doesn't make you ignorant, remember that people, I'm sick of being told that just cause I don't like Techno or Hardcore shit ><
Baz Anderson - 26.11.2011 at 15:54  
Haha, we didn't meet him with his glasses on - he just wanted to wear them while we recorded. I think he does for all video interviews. I guess he's just a bit of a private person.
I was told last night by my housemate that they thought we sounded the same on the video, but that I sounded Norwegian...
Troy Killjoy - 26.11.2011 at 22:28  
Well that settles it. Clearly nobody knows anything about accents.
Lethean - 27.11.2011 at 14:55  
He has accent I don't know where does that come from, but for sure it's not British
Bad English - 29.11.2011 at 12:57  
Written by Guest on 27.11.2011 at 14:55

He has accent I don't know where does that come from, but for sure it's not British


Its Norvegian , swedes talk same way in english

LOL its be fun to see Baz try pronouce song names from albums what was recordet in Norbegian

norska är jävlit fint språk i black metal (norvegian is beautiful lang iun BM)
Lethean - 29.11.2011 at 13:02  
Written by Bad English on 29.11.2011 at 12:57

Written by Guest on 27.11.2011 at 14:55

He has accent I don't know where does that come from, but for sure it's not British


Its Norvegian , swedes talk same way in english

LOL its be fun to see Baz try pronouce song names from albums what was recordet in Norbegian

norska är jävlit fint språk i black metal (norvegian is beautiful lang iun BM)

yeah obviously cause they're from Norway, but because someone here in this topic said that Shagrath is born somewhere else beside the Norway I thought the accent perhaps is a mixture
Bad English - 29.11.2011 at 13:13  
Written by Guest on 29.11.2011 at 13:02

Written by Bad English on 29.11.2011 at 12:57

Written by Guest on 27.11.2011 at 14:55

He has accent I don't know where does that come from, but for sure it's not British


Its Norvegian , swedes talk same way in english

LOL its be fun to see Baz try pronouce song names from albums what was recordet in Norbegian

norska är jävlit fint språk i black metal (norvegian is beautiful lang iun BM)

yeah obviously cause they're from Norway, but because someone here in this topic said that Shagrath is born somewhere else beside the Norway I thought the accent perhaps is a mixture


Shagrath (born Stian Tomt Thoresen on November 18, 1976) is a Norwegian musician, most well-known as the vocalist of Dimmu Borgir.
Lethean - 29.11.2011 at 13:16  
Written by Bad English on 29.11.2011 at 13:13

Written by Guest on 29.11.2011 at 13:02

Written by Bad English on 29.11.2011 at 12:57

Written by Guest on 27.11.2011 at 14:55

He has accent I don't know where does that come from, but for sure it's not British


Its Norvegian , swedes talk same way in english

LOL its be fun to see Baz try pronouce song names from albums what was recordet in Norbegian

norska är jävlit fint språk i black metal (norvegian is beautiful lang iun BM)

yeah obviously cause they're from Norway, but because someone here in this topic said that Shagrath is born somewhere else beside the Norway I thought the accent perhaps is a mixture


Shagrath (born Stian Tomt Thoresen on November 18, 1976) is a Norwegian musician, most well-known as the vocalist of Dimmu Borgir.


Yeah I know thanks for the comment
MétalNoir - 29.11.2011 at 21:18  
I know DB's music his more blackened Nightwish nowadays, but his attitude is pretty much BLACK METHUL!!!!! Except for his near-smiles...
Stuart - 30.11.2011 at 01:21  
I dunno what you guys are on about Baz sounds english and Shagrath sounds Norwegian.
Morbidron - 07.12.2011 at 16:43  
Written by Stuart on 30.11.2011 at 01:21

I dunno what you guys are on about Baz sounds english and Shagrath sounds Norwegian.


right on!
Werebear - 17.12.2011 at 08:58  
The interviewer mentioned a Pink Floyd cover. Does anyone know which song they covered and where it is available?
Collin Stefani - 03.02.2012 at 09:11  
Written by psykometal on 25.11.2011 at 21:25

Well guys another thing to remember about his accent not being very thick, a lot of the lyrics are in English and because he is the vocalist and frontman of the band he, I'm sure, has to speak English a lot to communicate with a lot of different kinds of people so it's very understandable why his accent would not be very thick. I agree with Baz, he sounded exactly as I expected being a Norwegian citizen that has to deal with an international market. Plus he may have been trying a little harder than usual to cut out his accent for the sake of the interview; inherently a lot of people have a tendency to adapt their accent and speech patterns to resemble the person they are talking with so as to be as understandable as possible.

I agree with you
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