A three-minute video clip in which guitarist Silenoz (real name: Sven Atle Kopperud) of Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR talks the viewer through his Blackstar Series One 200 amplifier, which he has been using for the band’s live performances as well as for the recording sessions for the group’s most recent studio album, “Abrahadabra”, can be seen below.
According to Thrash Hits, Blackstar is a relatively new U.K.-based company which manufactures high-quality boutique amplifiers and pedals. Within the past few years, they have recruited some high-profile artists as endorsees, including members of OPETH, CANCER BATS and FIREWIND.
The brand was actually created in 2004 by ex-Marshall employees with the mission of creating world-class equipment without the gut-wrenching price tag — which could be construed as “like Marshall but better.” After rave reviews of their first amp range (the vintage-sounding Artisan series), it was now time for them to put out an amp that could really make people’s ears bleed.
“Abrahadabra” was released in Germany on September 24, 2010, in the rest of Europe on September 27, 2010, and it was made available in North America on October 12, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.