mike portnoy with the drums

This ain’t no April Fool’s joke: Mike Portnoy is the brand spankin’ new drummer for the Norweigan-based black metal band, Dimmu Borgir. He revealed in an exclusive announcement today that he will be performing with them on their “Forces of the Northern Night” show in Oslo on May 28th. “I’m pumped to be the new drummer for my boys in Dimmu Borgir,” he wrote. “It will be one hell of a year, but I’ll be pushing myself in new directions.”

Dimmu Borgir vocalist Shagrath agreed adding, “Mike is a logical step forward for the band.”

Portnoy’s got many a musical project in the works this year, including collaborations with Symphony X’s Russell Allen and guitarist Mike Orlando, Spock’s Beard’s Neal Morse, Deep Purple’s Steve Morse, the Dixie Dregs’ Dave LaRue, and Alpha Rev’s Casey McPherson.