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Formed: 1995
From: Bergen, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Borknagar News

Below is our complete Borknagar news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Guitarist Jens F. Ryland Parts Ways w/ Borknagar

Borknagar announce the exit of guitarist Jens F. Ryland from their lineup. States the band:

“Borknagar and long time guitarist Jens F. Ryland have decided to part ways. We would like to thank and salute him for all the time we shared on and off stage the past 20 yrs. The very best of luck with all future endevours!

As a sidenote, Borknagar is currently working on a new album, roughly planned for a late 2018 or early 2019 release. More info soon!”

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Arch Enemy, Triptykon,.. Feat. On 2016 "W:O:A" DVD

The official live Blu-ray/DVD Set release for last year's edition of the annual "Wacken Open Air" titled "27 Years Faster : Harder : Louder", has been scheduled for August 11th in North America via Silver Lining Music. Double disc CD and double disc DVD/Blu-ray sets are planned with footage/audio of 43 artists and 54 songs set for inclusion. You’ll hear music from Arch Enemy, Bullet for My Valentine, Borknagar, Barb Wire Dolls, Triptykon, Saxon, Metal Church, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons and Steel Panther, Axel Rudi Pell, Entombed A.D., Red Fang and Tarja Turunen, plus experience the emotional tribute to legendary Motörhead founder Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, “Born To Lose, Live To Win”.

A trailer for the Blu-ray/DVD Set can be seen below:

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Reader Poll: Vote Your Best Metal Album

Update: the staff awards are now here! Check 'em out and see who won at this location.

Our year-end awards for 2016 are nearly here as the staff just wrapped up our internal voting on the best album, performance, DVD, and metal newcomer of the year, along with a vote on our most anticipated album coming in 2017.

While awaiting our official awards ceremony later this week, we want to know: what was YOUR favorite metal album that came out this year? Cast your vote below!

In the poll we've listed out every single album that was nominated by our staff this year, but if you thought some other album should be #1 instead that's perfectly fine - just hit "Other" and type in your nominee.

Wondering why we have so many nominees? Each of our staff members nominates five albums, and we reach our winner by consensus of the album that gets the most votes, resulting in a well-rounded winner who was appreciated by a larger group of metal heads rather than just by people who prefer one sub-genre.

Since you can see who we nominated, we'd also like to know: who do you think was our ultimate winner in all the nominees? More...

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Wacken Open Air Live Stream Available

This weekend, you can stream portions of the 2016 edition of Wacken Open Air live via Arte.tv. Some of the top bands offered for streaming: Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Saxon, Testament, Eluveitie and Ministry (among others).

The live stream can be accessed at this location.

The schedule for streaming can be found below (note: all times are CET):

Thursday, August 4th:

16h50-17h35 Henry Rollins
17h40-18h05 Hämatom
18h10-19h25 Saxon
19h30-20h30 Panzerballett
20h35-21h25 Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band
21h30-23h30 Iron Maiden
23h35-00h15 Therapy?
00h15-00h45 (tba)
00h45-01h00 Born to Lose, Lived To Win (A Farewell to Lemmy Kilmister)

Friday, August 5:

16h20 17h20 Entombed A.D.
17h25-18h25 Axel Rudi Pell
18h30-19h45 Eluveitie
19h50-21h05 Bullet For My Valentine
21h10-22h25 Tarja
22h30-00h00 Blind Guardian
00h15-01h30 Ministry
01h45-03h00 Testament

Saturday, August 6th:

15h40-16h55 Borknagar
17h00-18h10 Metal Church
18h15-19h30 Therion
19h35-20h50 Steel Panther
20h55-22h10 Clutch
22h15-23h30 Triptykon
23h35-00h35 (tba)
00h40-01h55 Parkway Drive
01h55-03h10 Arch Enemy More...

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Borknagar Comments On Reaction To New Album

"Winter Thrice" (reviewed here) the 10th studio album from Norway's very own progressive / epic black metal pioneers Borknagar is out now through Century Media Records.

In the United States, "Winter Thrice" hit # 17 on the Billboard Heatseekers and #15 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. In Germany the album reached #62, in Switzerland # 90, and in Finland #44. Guitarist Jens F. checked in with a comment regarding the release:

"The first feedback on 'Winter Thrice' has been completely mind blowing to us! Our dedicated fans have made so much fuzz that we even seem to attract some new listeners, resulting in listings on album charts in several countries. Even the video for the title song is being received in a way that has us debating if we should do another one!

"We are truly inspired to act on the response and have been working for a while to set up a tour, and here we go! 12 European gigs added to the summer festivals already makes this our busiest year since 1999, and we hope to add even more. We intend to adjust our plans according to the feedback we get, so make sure your voice is heard!" More...

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Borknagar Comments On Missing Member

Borknagar has checked in with this statement about Andreas Hedlund (Vintersrog) being absent from the band's recent promo photos and music video:

"As you all saw already we made a video for 'Winter Thrice' and we made sure to grab some photos at the same time. I’ve uploaded them all to the Borknagar Flickr account, and will show some here for you also.

"We started planning the video shoot at Midgard Historical Centre at Borre sometime in September and soon agreed that we had to take the opportunity to get some band pictures in between the video takes. Twitchy Films was our first choice for the video, they also made 'The Earthling' from 'Urd.' We also approached Martine Petra about the pictures and being an old friend she agreed to help us out.

"The original plans also included Andreas and we were all very eager to meet again for laughs and drinks. It was in early October that the message came from Andreas that he was suffering from complications after his ear surgery and the doctor had given him a no-travel order. At this point we were very determined to make a video and decided to go ahead and make the best out of it. To our fortune Kris was able to join the set and with that enabled us to make a proper 'Winter Thrice' video. More...

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Borknagar Unleashes "Winter Thrice"

Norwegian metal act Borknagar unleashed some frosty cold from the upcoming new release "Winter Thrice." Check out the music video for the title track in the player below. The album is set for worldwide release via Century Media Records on January 22, 2016.

The track list is:

1. The Rhymes Of The Mountain (see lyric video here)
2. Winter Thrice
3. Cold Runs The River
4. Panorama
5. When Chaos Calls
6. Erodent
7. Noctilucent
8. Terminus

Check out "Winter Thrice" here: More...

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Borknagar Selling... Beard Oil?

It seems like an April Fool's gag but apparently isn't - Borknagar is selling beard oil. Some metal bands do wine, some do pasta, some do beer, but Borknagar knows what's really important: your beard!

You can order your very own Borknagar beard oil through Raedical.com, while guitarist Jens F. Ryland has this to say on the matter:

"There is quite a bit of activity in the Borknagar camp these days! We are closing in on the release date for 'Winter Thrice,' we have concerts both announced and under planning for the next year and we are really excited about the video release featuring Kris Rygg. In this wave of positivity we have been approached by Rædical about the idea to make a beard-oil and I have to admit they didn’t need much time to persuade us!

"We are proud to introduce the Borknagar branded Rædical beard oil today. It’s an organic oil presented in a vial with the band logo placed in a hollow wooden cube with our signature serpent logo. All approved and co-designed by us!"

Raedical added: "While under the hood the oil is 'Riff' (one of the oils already on the market) the design and packaging is tweaked specially for Borknagar. The oil is a blend of 100% natural and highest quality jojoba, sweet almond, hazelnut, castor and hemp seed oils to protect your beard and keep it all soft and shiny while also regenerating your skin for the next morning. Every bottle comes in a beautiful, handmade walnut wooden case which will without a doubt become a collectors item within the metal and Borknagar community." More...

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Borknagar Reveals Album Artwork, New Track

Norwegian metal act Borknagar revealed the album artwork for the upcoming new album "Winter Thrice," which is set for a worldwide release through Century Media Records on January 22, 2016. Check it out below. In addition, the first taste of the album via the lyric video for the new track "The Rhymes of the Mountain," can be heard in the player below.

The track list is:

1. The Rhymes Of The Mountain
2. Winter Thrice
3. Cold Runs The River
4. Panorama
5. When Chaos Calls
6. Erodent
7. Noctilucent
8. Terminus

The album’s limited edition Digipak CD version and the gatefold 2-LP also come with the bonustrack “Dominant Winds” and additionally, the Digipak will include a Borknagar logo-patch. More...

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Borknagar Reveals New Album Details

The newest studio album by Borknagar is completed and now set for a worldwide release through Century Media Records on January 22, 2016.

The album is entitled “Winter Thrice” and will be the 10th album by these Norwegian epic black metal pioneers. The album was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studio in Sweden by Jens Bogren, who also took care of mixing duties for previous album “Urd” in 2012 (reviewed here).

Commented founder and guitarist Øystein G. Brun: “Finally a release date for our new album is set. The album was finished back in July and it has been a painful ordeal to hold our breath until now. We are extremely satisfied with this album in every aspect; the songs, the production and the overall feel. We have definitely climbed yet another musical peak!

"Once again Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio has proven to be a true magician of sounds. He was really able to pinpoint the nerve of the music and unfold the visions that we strived for. None above, none aside – none even close! More...

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Borknagar Wraps Up Work On Album

It's nearly time for some long-overdue new Borknagar metal fans! After finishing the recording in early June, now the mixing/mastering is complete and the album is ready to go. Borknagar comments:

"That's it!! Our 10th opus is finally nailed into the forever. Thanks to the brilliant wizardry of Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios this album will definitely stand forth as a milestone of our musical journey!

"We are deeply amazed by this man's ability to turn coal into diamonds, a cloudy day into inspiring sunshine. None above, none aside- none even close.

"Thanks for the coop, friendship, coffee and days of share awesomeness Jens! More updates will follow soon!"

Garm (Kristoffer Rygg of Ulver) is slated to make a guest appearance on two tracks for the album, due to drop later this year via Century Media and following the 2012 release "Urd" (reviewed here). More...

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Borknagar Finishes Recording Album

Borknagar just checked in with the following announcement about finishing recording a new album:

"Oh yeah, finally! After months of hard work, soar ears, sleepless nights, mental drainage and a bunch of extra grey hairs - our new album is on it's way for further treatment (mix and mastering) by the genius sound wizard Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.

"In a couple of weeks we will team up in Sweden to do the final adjustments on the mix. So excited, can't wait!

"This is by far the most well crafted, monumental, diverse and powerful album we have done till date... and not to forget - most emotional- due to Mr. V's bumpy ride this time around. The autumn (hence: release) will hit you hard will hit you hard this year folks, beware..."

Garm (Kristoffer Rygg of Ulver) will appear on two tracks for the album, due to drop later this year via Century Media to follow the 2012 album "Urd" (reviewed here). More...

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Garm To Appear On Borknagar Album

The one and only Garm (Kristoffer Rygg of Ulver), who provided vocals for the debut self-titled album from Borknagar, has returned to the fold and recorded vocals for the band's upcoming release.

Garm will appear on two tracks for the album, due to drop later this year via Century Media to follow the 2012 album "Urd" (reviewed here). Borknagar's Øystein G. Brun comments:

"These days, 20 years ago, Kristoffer and I hooked up for the very first time in Bergen to record vocals for the Borknagar debut album. Glorious days, indeed. Last night I was barely asleep as I got the first vocal samples from Kristoffer late yesterday evening and have been listening to the songs repeatedly since then. Still trying to get my jaw back in position and the goosebumps seem to have turned chronic on me.

"Being a former bandmate and a huge fan of his work ever since we parted ways back in the days, I certainly did expect a lot, but what he sent over this time around surpasses every expectations. Really! More...

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Vintersorg Injured In Accident

Borknagar has been working on a new album, which is now being delayed due to band member Vintersorg (Andreas Hedlund) being injured in an accident. Borknagar comments:

"This have been a rough week. Seven days ago Mr. V was seriously injured in an falling accident. This resulted in multiple fractures to the skull, brain hemorrhage and momentary dysfunctional hearing on one ear. We have intentionally kept this off the radar, till he felt fit enough to update the public himself. So his post on Facebook today should be regarded as an heartwarming and uplifting statement of his recovery.

"We would like to wish our colleague and dear friend all the best, the best possible treatment and a speedy recovery to full health. Also all the best to his closest family, his wife and kids in this difficult situation. In the current situation Mr. V's process of recovery and regaining health is the most important thing.

"The release of our new album might be delayed accordingly, as there is absolutely no option to leave our bro behind or in any way compromise on his recovery." More...

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Borknagar Checks In From The Studio

Borknagar has been holed up in the studio working on the follow-up to the "Urd" album (reviewed here).

Øystein Garnes Brun has now checked in from the recording studio with the following update: "Tracking basic guitars in my studio for the new Bork album. One more song to go and then I start editing about one zillion takes down to something (hopefully) tasteful..."

A brief video from the recording sessions can be found over at Instagram here.

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Borknagar Recording New Album

After announcing back in December that pre-production was about to begin on a new album, today long-running Norwegian metal band Borknagar has officially begun the recording process.

The band issued this brief announcement: "Oh yeah, finally back in studio. Time to fire up the engine again..Good times!"

This upcoming, as-yet-untitled release will follow the 2012 album "Urd" (reviewed here). Further details are forthcoming, so stay tuned! More...

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Blastfest Expands To Four Days

Blastfest will be held from the 18th - 21st of February 2015 in Bergen, Norway. The organizers of the festival have now checked in with the following announcement about expanding with new band confirmations:

"It is official, Blastfest will be even bigger! With very positive results and excitement of a recent poll, the Bergen, Norway festival have decided 3 days of metal madness wasn’t enough and have expanded the festival into a 4 day event with a total of 60 bands! That’s 4 days, 4 venues, and 60 bands! Yes. 60 BANDS! The festival is now running from Wednesday February 18th to Saturday February 21st.

"And that’s not just the only announcement the festival will make today because just like the recent spate of updates the festival are keeping form and have just confirmed another 4 bands to the already exploding poster! So without further adieu, we are pleased to report the addition of true Norwegian black metal veterans Gehenna, British symphonic black metallers Hecate Enthroned, Norwegian death metal titans Blood Red Throne and death thrashers Wyruz!"

The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Alfahanne | Asphyx | At The Gates | Baptism | Blood Red Throne | Bolzer | Borknagar | Byfrost | Craft | Crib45 | Cryptopsy | Dark Funeral | Dark Tranquility | Dead To This World | Decapitated | Demilich | Den Saakaldte | Djevelkult | Destroyer 666 | Destruction | Endstille | Esoteric | Finntroll | Gehenna | Hecate Enthroned | Impaled Nazarene | Melechesh | Moonsorrow | Morgoth | Paradise Lost | Primordial | Rotting Christ | Samael | Sarke | Sarkom | Satan | Saturnus | The Sickening | Tortorum | Tsjuder | Vallenfyre | Wyruz + more yet to be announced.

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Blastfest Confirms Finntroll, Moonsorrow, And More

Norway’s Blastfest has just unveiled another seven great reasons why you need to book the 19th – 21st of February 2015 off work.

Today the festival organizers announce the addition of seven more bands to the billing including Finnish folk metal upstarts Finntroll, melodic black metal sextet Moonsorrow and Ireland’s men of myth Primordial. Also confirmed today are Djevelcult, Tortorum, Crib 45, and Morgoth.

The Bergen festival is only in its second year and previously announced acts such as At The Gates, Decapitated, Rotting Christ, Destruction and Asphyx for the 2015 edition. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Blastfest 2015 Announces New Bands

Bergen, Norway, former home of the legendary Hole In The Sky Festival and considered the black metal capital of the world, is now just under 6 months away from seeing a total extreme metal annihilation!

The second edition of Bergen’s new indoor metal festival, Blastfest, has already been launched with a remarkable lineup.

The 2015 lineup includes the brutal force of Poland’s own Decapitated, Sweden's Craft, the Canadian death institution of Cryptopsy, and Finnish black metal kings, Impaled Nazarene, to name a few.

With still 20 more bands to come, today the festival organizers announce the addition of At The Gates, Dark Funeral, Rotting Christ, Demilich, Sarke, Destruction, Saturnus, Endstille, and Borknagar. More...

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In Vain Joining Niflheim Festival Tour

In Vain will join the Niflheim Festival Tour 2014, March 7th - 15th, together with Borknagar, Månegarm, Ereb Altor, and Shade Empire.

Johnar Håland (In Vain) comments: “After the great reception of our latest release ‘Ænigma’, we are delighted to be back on tour in March. We are joining as special guests on the Niflheim Festival, which will be headlined by the Norwegian legends Borknagar, who are making a long awaited comeback as a touring band. The package is also including Månegarm, Ereb Altor and Shade Empire. See you on the road!”

07.03 - Erfurt, From Hell (DE)
08.03 - Oberhausen, Helvete (DE)
09.03 - Wroclaw, Alibi (PL)
10.03 - Berlin, K17 (DE)
11.03 - Budapest, Dürer Kert (HU)
12.03 - Montecchio Maggiore, E20 Underground (IT)
13.03 - Rome, Traffic (IT)
14.03 - Romagnano Sesia, Rock'n'Roll Arena (IT)
15.03 - Zürich, Dynamo (CH) More...

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