Written by on December 9, 2010 in December 9, 2010, Live Reviews - Comments Off on DIMMU BORGIR

Dimmu BorgirThe fog machine was working overtime as black metal’s Dimmu Borgir took the stage at the Gothic Theatre in Denver Friday night.  With the formidable Stian Thoresen (a.k.a. Shagrath) at the helm, the Norwegian-bred band periodically emerged from their cloud, replete with painted faces and leather armor, to drop their brand of operatic mayhem onto a willing crowd.

Even though the band members were difficult to make out, their eardrum-crushing set was not.  The songs, chock full of epic and angry themes, mixed powerful melodies and intricate guitar work into a monstrous sound that towered over the crowd, much like the members themselves. Dimmu Borgir have been on the scene for close to 20 years.  And despite a good number of line-up changes over the years, the group came off with a noticeably cohesive and skilled demeanor as the night progressed.

The symphonic “Xibir” opened the set, followed by the likes of “Gateways”, “Vredesbyrd” and “The Blazing Monoliths of Defiance”.  A good chunk of Dimmu’s latest album, “Abrahadabra”, was featured at this show.  But some older stuff made it in there too, particularly during the hefty five song encore that wrapped up with the climactic instrumental, “Perfection or Vanity”.

Dimmu BorgirDimmu BorgirDimmu BorgirDimmu BorgirDimmu BorgirAlthough the venue wasn’t at capacity, those in attendance appeared to eat it up.  And if the sea of black, trench coats, and face makeup was any indication, this band has one dedicated following.