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In Sorte Diaboli (literally Latin for "In the fate of the devil", possibly intended to mean "In league with Satan") is the seventh studio album by Norwegianmarker symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir, and is the band's first concept album. A site on the Nuclear Blast website was created for In Sorte Diaboli, in which a new promotional photo can be seen and an audio sample can be heard.


In Sorte Diaboli is the band's first concept album, with a story located in medieval Europe. It is about a priest who begins to doubt his faith, and then ends up taking the place of the Antichrist. "There's this dude that works as a priest's assistant, and after a while he just discovers that he has nothing to do with Christianity," Silenoz says. "He just sort of has this awakening and realizes that he has different abilities and different powers and is leaning more to the dark side." The words "In Sorte Diaboli" are a repeated line in the song "The Chosen Legacy" and the words also appears towards the end of the song, "The Sinister Awakening". The conclusion of the story in the booklet implies that the story of In Sorte Diaboli is not yet finished, possibly hinting that Dimmu Borgir's next studio album will continue this concept. Additionally, the "Making of In Sorte Diaboli" Special feature, Silenoz says that the concept of this album will continue into the next five albums, finishing a six part series. IGN named the album the Top Metal Album of 2007.

Track listing

  1. "The Serpentine Offering" – 5:09
  2. "The Chosen Legacy" – 4:16
  3. "The Conspiracy Unfolds" – 5:23
  4. "The Ancestral Fever" (European Bonus Track and Leather Book edition) – 5:51
  5. "The Sacrilegious Scorn" – 4:00
  6. "The Fallen Arises" – 2:59
  7. "The Heretic Hammer" (North American Bonus Track and Leather Book edition) – 4:48
  8. "The Sinister Awakening" – 5:09
  9. "The Fundamental Alienation" – 5:17
  10. "The Invaluable Darkness" – 4:44
  11. "The Foreshadowing Furnace" – 5:50

Leather book edition bonus disk

  1. "Black Metal" (Venom cover) - 3:22
  2. "The Heretic Hammer" – 4:48
  3. "The Ancestral Fever" – 5:51
  4. "The Serpentine Offering video" - 5:17

Special editions

  • The album was specially released in a limited edition digipak that contains a bonus DVD, 32-page booklet, and mirrored lyrics. The European limited digipak and the mail order leather-bound book editions come with a plastic mirror with which one can properly read the lyrics. The North American limited edition does not contain this mirror. The DVD contains the video clip for "The Serpentine Offering", two short "making of" documentaries for both the album and the video, a photogallery, and a media player.
    • The limited-edition European digipak features the bonus track "The Ancestral Fever" as the fourth track.
    • The limited-edition North American digipak features the bonus track "The Heretic Hammer" as the sixth track.
    • The limited-edition Japanesemarker digipak features the bonus track "Black Metal", a cover of the classic Venom track, as the tenth track.
  • A very limited exclusive mail order edition, which features a leather booklet, was also released. This version also contains the two bonus tracks from the North American and European digipak versions.
  • The vinyl edition is a gatefold LP packaged with a bonus 7" and is limited to 2000 copies worldwide.
  • The artwork is censored by a slipcase cover in North America.


On March 6, 2007, In Sorte Diaboli leaked onto the internet and is currently circulating on several peer-to-peer networks and on the popular videosharing site YouTube (Nuclear Blast later removed the songs from the site). Since press worldwide were supplied with individual download accounts for the music on the Nuclear Blast website instead of regular promotional CDs, the source of the leak was rapidly found. The journalist who was found responsible, Luca Pessina, is a writer for the Metalitalia webzine and also news editor for the Italianmarker version of Metal Hammer, and were forced to face legal procedures from Nuclear Blast. The leaked files contained Pessina's personal watermark.[389859]Pessina was eventually found innocent. This is the final statement from Nuclear Blast about this matter:

Chart and sales performance

In the United Statesmarker, the album debuted at number 43 on the Billboard 200, selling about 14,000 copies in its first week.. In their native Norway, the album peaked at number 1, which marks the first time in history of a black metal band reaching the number 1 spot (only Behemoth has reached the same). It also marks the first time a Norwegian act has cracked the Billboard 200 since A-Ha.[389860].



  1. Dimmu Borgir - New Album Track List Revealed + Other Details About The Album - Metal Storm
  2. Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli
  3. Katie Hasty, "Lavigne Remains No. 1 As Joe Debuts High",, May 2, 2007.

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