He continued: “Flying a lot during a short period of time can really wear you out. It’s not the playing on stage that wears you out; it’s all the waiting and all the stuff around it… There’s a financial aspect to it as well, which is something that we, when you do touring like that, you know that, okay, you can come home with a better paycheck if you do things in a row and you don’t have days off. But at the same time, it’s important to keep the health as well, especially in this day and age. It didn’t use to be like that. And we learned from the past — I hope.”
Last month, Silenoz confirmed to Australia’s “Everblack” podcast that DIMMU BORGIR is hard at work on material for the follow-up to 2018’s “Eonian” LP. Speaking about the musical direction of the new DIMMU songs, he said: “It’s obviously always strange to talk about it that early in the songwriting process, but I feel like it might be a little more stripped down. And that’s probably not saying too much, because we have so much of everything. But I feel like we’re looking at maybe toning it down a little bit, especially on the orchestral side. So people shouldn’t be too surprised if they get a bit more stripped-down version of DIMMU on the next album.”
This past January, Silenoz told Extreme Metal Festival News that DIMMU BORGIR will likely “take a more aggressive turn” with the upcoming effort. “Now with [bassist] Victor [Brandt] in the band, with him also being a guitarist, there will be four of us writing guitar riffs,” he said. “It would surprise me if the album will be more guitar-orientated, which I don’t mind.”
“Eonian” was released right in time for the band’s 25th anniversary in 2018, about eight years after its predecessor, “Abrahadabra”. Since then, the infernal core trio consisting of Shagrath, Silenoz and Galder has played various tours all around the world, including shows at leading metal festivals such as Wacken Open Air and Hellfest.