Like Behemoth and Watain earlier in the weekend, Dimmu Borgir are flying the flag for black metal and are bringing it to the masses. Whilst not quite as theatrical as either of the aforementioned bands, Dimmu Borgir do have some rather excellent tunes in their arsenal and today they roll out all of their biggest guns.
Opening for Alice Cooper is a daunting task by anyone’s standards, but on this occasion Dimmu Borgir make it seem easy, effortless even, now I’m not sure if that’s due to a sub genre/generation divide or if its because Dimmu Borgir are supremely confident in their live abilities, either way today they play as though they are headlining.
Another one of those bands who’s catalogue I’m unfamiliar with, however there is a certain magic the band has live that makes you forget that you don’t know the material and you are just sucked into their world, in fact the only song that I knew from their set with any real confidence was ‘Gateways’ from their latest album “Abrahadabra”.
As stated above, I don’t think unfamiliarity with the bands set hindered my enjoyment of it, as found the presence the band has onstage to be enjoyable and considering like so many of their black metal brethren the band plays under layers of leather and make up, there is enough of themselves that shines through, connecting with the audience in a way that has to be seen to be believed.
For me personally, Dimmu Borgir were one of the bands on this years bill that I wanted to check out the most, having only fairly recently been acquainted with their music. I wanted to know what all the fuss was about and I was pleasantly blown away by how good they were, but also wondering why it took me so long to get involved in the first place.
Photos taken by Sabrina Ramdoyal