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Perrrfect strrrangerrrs

Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir has included their take of Perfect Strangers on the upcoming album of covers Inspiratio Profanus, to be released on December 8 via Nuclear Blast Records.

BraveWords has a quote from the band’s guitar player Silenoz:

The idea of doing ‘Perfect Strangers’ came about quite a while before we actually got around to recording it. It’s a known song by a very well-known band that has influenced many to pick up an instrument. I mean, is there anyone who doesn’t like Deep Purple?! We incorporated our little twist to it while at the same time wanted to stay close to the original. But perhaps it is the more obvious aspects that come to mind when hearing it; the integration between the main musical elements that we also made use of since the beginning like keyboards and guitars.

Yep, an acquired taste. Other bands covered on the album include Venom, Celtic Frost, Twisted Sister, and Accept. One can pre-order it here.

Thanks to Tobias Janaschke for the heads-up.

24 Comments to “Perrrfect strrrangerrrs”:

  1. 1
    Shmee says:

    Sounds a bit like IG having a cold back in 2002 at Jon´s final regular gig… 🙂

  2. 2
    Adel Faragalla says:

    I love it when some kids have fun and cover DP songs. It always shows how brilliant the original is as usual.
    For those enthusiastic kids that love DP I would like to ask them to listen to the track Under The Gun from Perfect Strangers and listen to the sound that Ian Gillan makes at 2 min 20 second from the start. It sounds like his internal organs are coming out while puking.
    This actually sums up this cover.
    Peace and love always wins ✌️

  3. 3
    Gregster says:

    Well…That was interesting lol !

    The band & recording sound excellent, & perhaps the singer was once at the nuclear-test-sites around the world, as the label suggests, to have acquired such a voice…

    And what’s really surprising to me, is how popular the tune “Perfect Strangers” has remained all these years…I like the tune, but I’d never have thought that out of DP’s vast catalogue, this one, that’s quite lengthy & doesn’t support / highlight instrumental soloing is appreciated as much as it is…

    Peace !

  4. 4
    Davd White says:

    That was fkn’ terrible!

  5. 5
    Max says:

    😀 😀 😀

  6. 6
    Uwe Hornung says:

    It’s children’s music, right? Cute.


  7. 7
    AnthonyC says:

    Can we get the Charismatic Voice girl to review this one?

  8. 8
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    HORRENDOUS! Static electricity meant to cause severe ear drum damage.


  9. 9
    Uwe Hornung says:


  10. 10
    Gregster says:

    @2…Adel said qt…

    “For those enthusiastic kids that love DP, I would like to ask them to listen to the track Under The Gun from Perfect Strangers and listen to the sound that Ian Gillan makes at 2 min 20 second from the start. It sounds like his internal organs are coming out while puking…This actually sums up this cover”…


    Peace !

  11. 11

    The whole point in making a cover is making it your own. Job well done.

  12. 12
    Uwe Hornung says:

    “Can we get the Charismatic Voice girl to review this one?“

    Valid point, we haven‘t had her eye-rolling and nose-wrinkling in a while here, I‘m beginning to miss it too.

    DEATH TO FALSE METAL !!! :mrgreen:


  13. 13
    Uwe Hornung says:

    If I only knew what Nick meant with labeling Dimmu Borgir as a “Norwegian back metal band“ – perhaps he was alluding to a more rural upbringing of these valiant Norsemen with regular solstice assemblies where naked males chant dark pagan incantations while under the influence of copious amounts of fermented reindeer blood? 😇

  14. 14
    Nick says:

    Herr Uwe, your wish is my command: one wrinkled nose coming right up. She’s just discovered Coverdale.

  15. 15
    Nick says:


    There’s black metal, and then there’s Norwegian black metal, which is a law onto itself. y’know, with church burnings and all that fun stuff.

  16. 16
    Uwe Hornung says:

    But you wrote “back”(ward?) (not black) metal in a Freudian slip, oh my most Honorable Editor!

    I‘m well aware of Norwegian Black Metal, they all go to jail for homicides and church burnings eventually! And they are generally dejected and depressive for lack of ultraviolet rays, a commonplace affliction there.

    (PS: I really love Norway, been there several times on vacation.)

  17. 17
    Nick says:


    > But you wrote “back”(ward?) (not black) metal


  18. 18
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Until someone – probably one of those bloodthirsty Norwegian pagans secretly infiltrating this site! – corrected it, the headline of this thread read:


    Norwegian back (sic!) metal band Dimmu Borgir …”

    You have reptiloid friends in high places, admit it!

  19. 19
    Dilligaf 775 says:

    I’m not a big fan of Purple covers as they are almost never even half as good as the original… I took the bait and clicked the link… Started out OK but as soon as the vocals kicked in I felt the overwhelming urge to put a bullet in my brain.

    Had to listen to Death Metal Guys by Reverend Horton Heat to sort my head out. If you need it too, there’s a link below.


  20. 20
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @17 and 18: I corrected that. 🙂

  21. 21
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I just knew it was a Scandinavian cønspiræcy, Svante, you and your former Norwegian subjects always stick together!

    I have a hard time with those “Cookie Monster vocals” and I‘ve tried. I even bought a Slipknot CD once. I appreciate that the music is played with great precision and discipline, but those vocals … I always waited for the parts when the Slipknot singer Corey Taylor actually stopped grunting and really sang – he doesn‘t have a bad voice at all and with his side project Stone Sour actually only sings with his normal voice.

  22. 22
    Mike Nagoda says:

    I knew what I was getting when I clicked to listen.

    I love it. I think it’s brilliant, seriously. I absolutely love the mix of clean and “unclean” vocals, it really brings something different to the song – the range of the guy who’s screaming is unreal – listen carefully and attentively and I think you’ll find there is a wide palette of sound and timbre to what he’s doing.

    I also love the repeat of “I know I must remain” – it makes the song creepy, and I love that.

    Also, the slide guitar is a nice tribute to Ritchie, and really tastefully done.

    A very inventive and original take on a classic. Very well done. Those of you who don’t like it I feel are missing out on something wonderful here. It actually takes time, craft, technique and dedication to be able to scream like that – you might not like it, and that’s fair, however I think the artistry and craftsmanship involved merits respect. My two cents.

  23. 23
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I’ll give it to them that they did take an individual approach to it. And it’s not badly executed.

    I guess most people here prefer something like these here …



  24. 24
    Dr. Bob says:

    I was just telling my wife the other day that I am not sure if I am a heavy metal fan, or just a fan of several of the best heavy bands (e.g. Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, SOAD). For most of the genre in the last 10-20 years I get into the opening instrumental riff and then I am done as soon as the singer makes sounds. This one was an example of that.

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