Dimmu Borgir – “The Serpentine Offering” Live in Oslo with full symphony orchestra and choir 2011

Dimmu Borgir, a norwegian symphonic black metal giant, performed “The Serpentine Offering” with full symphony orchestra of ‘the Norwegian Radio Orchestra’ and choir of ‘Schola Cantorum Choir’ at the Oslo Spectrum on 28 May, 2011 in Norway. This one-off show was entitled “Forces of the Northern Night”, and broadcasted by Norwegian national TV carrier NRK.

“The Serpentine Offering” is taken from Dimmu Borgir’s eighth studio album “In Sorte Diaboli” (Nuclear Blast, 2007).

Lineup

  • Shagrath – Vocals
  • Silenoz – Guitars
  • Galder – Guitars
  • Cyrus – Bass
  • Daray – Drums
  • Gerlioz – Keyboards

Lyrics

My descent is the story of everyman
I am hatred, darkness and despair
My descent is the story of everyman
I am hatred, darkness and despair

Evoked and entertained through centuries
Wrathful and sullen dormant still

The ferocity pervades everywhere
Waiting to be released at last, hear my offering
You bastard sons and daughters
Share my sacrifice, share my sacrifice

My descent is the story of everyman
I am hatred, darkness and despair
My descent is the story of everyman
I am hatred, darkness and despair

Reconcile not with the fear of the snake
But embrace it as your own
Inject its venom into your veins
And replant the seed that gives growth

Still shrouded in mystery
Until you arise above perception
A veil of ignorance is in motion
Continuing throughout generations

A veil of ignorance is in motion
Continuing throughout multiple generations
Let me be the one that deliver you from the deceit
And back into perfect accordance with the laws of nature

The snake is notoriously tempting
But the snake is fair
What is worse than not knowing?
To live or disappear?

The ferocity pervades everywhere
Waiting to be released at last, hear my offering
You bastard sons and daughters
Share my sacrifice, share my sacrifice
—————
Written by Shagrath
© Nuclear Blast Records

Appendix

Official Live Footage

According to Nuclear Blast Records official Youtube channel, this live footage was “recorded on September 18, 2007 in Oslo, Norway. Around 80 lucky fans were selected to be a part of the audience”.

Official Music Video

Making of “The Serpentine Offering” Video

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

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