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Formed: 1995
From: Bergen, Norway
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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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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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Borknagar Begins Pre-Production

Borknagar will be hitting the road in March with Ereb Altor and Manegarm, but the band has apparently now begun the process of working on a new album.

Borknagar's Øystein G. Brun issued this brief statement online via Facebook: "Oh yeah, pre-prods for five new songs done! So what is your expectations for the next album?"

This new album will follow the 2012 release "Urd" (reviewed here). Further details are still forthcoming. You can catch Borknagar live on these dates:

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)

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Borknagar To Tour With Ereb Altor

Borknagar will be hitting the road with Månegarm, Ereb Altor, and Shade Empire for the Niflheim Festival tour in 2014.

Jens F. Ryland (Borknagar) comments: "This is very exciting, verging on surreal. I have always wanted to play more live with the guys and after 15 years we are finally doing something that doesn't involve only a weekend. This is all thanks to the enormous support we get from our audience all over the world!"

Øystein G. Brun (Borknagar) added: "See you all out in the battlefield in a few months. Really looking forward to this ride with my fellow gunslingers! Hope to see you all! And hey, show us what you got Europe! Cheers!!"

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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Borknagar Taps Athera For Brutal Assault

Borknagar has posted a video clip online of the band rehearsing for the Brutal Assault festival, which can be found below. The band also issued the following statement about the clip and recruiting a fill-in member for the performance:

"We have spent the last few days rehearsing for the concert at Brutal Assault in Czech Republic. This concert is also the introduction of Athera (Susperia, Chrome Division) into our ranks. And no, no one left the band..."

Borknagar's Vintersorg also comments: "A huge thank you to Athera for stepping in for me at Brutal Assault! I have been prevented from going, due to work related issues, but I wish all the best to the guys on Saturday! This is of course not a sign of me leaving the band (I'm already working on the vocal lines for new songs) and the ship of Borknagar will set sails even if one member is out."

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Andy Winter Releases New Album

Andy Winter is behind several noteworthy releases in the more progressive and avant-garde spectrum of the Norwegian post-black metal scene, and now he has released his own new album "Incomprehensible."

The album was produced by Andy Winter himself, mixed by Shaun Thingvold, mastered by Maor Appelbaum, and features artwork by Travis Smith. Samples from all the tracks on the album are now available for streaming via Amazon here.

The track listing is as follows (guest musician appearances listed in parentheses):

1. Reversed Psychological Patterns (Agnete M. Kirkevaag of Madder Mortem)
2. My Illusions Are My Own (John Haughm of Agalloch)
3. Perfection Is The Blank Page (Kjetil Nordhus of Tristania, Trail of Tears & Green Carnation)
4. Somewhere Else To Disappear (Dan Swanö of Nightingale & Bloodbath)
5. Through The Eyes Of A Surrealist (Lars A. Nedland of Borknagar, Solefald & Age of Silence)
6. Far Beyond Autopilot (Heidi S. Tveitan of Star of Ash & Peccatum)
7. The Transversal Conjecture (Paul Kuhr of Novembers Doom & Subterranean Masquerade)
8. Back To Square Two (Lars E. Si of Winds, Before the Dawn & Sensa Anima) More...

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Century Media Offering Compilation Download

Century Media Records is currently offering a free download of the "Carnival of Sounds II" compilation, which can be found at this location. The digital sampler includes tracks from:

In Flames
Devin Townsend
Stealing Axion
7 Horns 7 Eyes
Napalm Death
Paradise Lost
Jeff Loomis
Destiny Potato
3 Inches of Blood
Iced Earth
Geoff Tate More...

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Borknagar/Mayhem Albums To See Re-Issue

To celebrate Black (Metal) Friday, Century Media Records will re-issue two classic titles: Borknagar's "The Olden Domain" and Mayhem's "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas."

Limited to 1,000 copies each, these titles will be available only at your local independent music store starting on Friday, November 23rd. To find a participating store near you, please check out this location. Century Media Records also commented:

"The Olden Domain is Borknagar's second studio album, and their first to feature English lyrics. It also marks the beginning of the band's transition to their trademark progressive/folk/black metal sound featured on later records. This would be the band's last studio album to feature Garm (credited on this album as 'Fiery G. Maelstrom') on vocals. It is also their first album to feature Kai K. Lie on bass, replacing Infernus.

"Songwriting for De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas began as early as 1987, but due to the suicide of vocalist Per 'Dead' Ohlin and murder of guitarist Øystein 'Euronymous' Aarseth, the album's release was delayed until May of 1994. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is widely considered to be one of the most influential black metal albums of all time. Now available as a deluxe double LP in gatefold packaging with bonus poster, the darkness continues to bleed forth."

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Borknagar Releases New Music Video

Norwegian act Borknagar has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to premiere a music video for "The Earthling," which is taken from the band's new album "Urd" (reviewed here). Check out the video via Decibel or in the player below.

Borknagar's mastermind Øystein G. Brun comments on the video as follows: "The lyrical core-theme of Borknagar has always been to portray the primal encounter between man and Nature, to project the poetry of Nature and to profess pondering about man's existence therein.

"Over the last couple of months we have been working with Twitchy Films to produce a video for the song 'The Earthling'. Thematically, this song really grips onto the backbone of the album 'Urd' and the band in general. As with our music, we wanted to do something really unique and special- and not a typical metal video. You won't see a raging metal band in dim lights with scary effects, but rather a video that sophistically portray the beauty, magnitude and power of the Nature. Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud and David Solbjørg at Twitchy Films spent allot of time and effort to get the right shots and the perfect vibe. They spent hours and days in the Norwegian wilderness to make this video a reality. As you know, Nature is untamable. Hands down for their efforts and the great work! Enjoy, folks!" More...

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Unearthing The Unknown Side Project Underground

Every Monday we take a break from the news to highlight three lesser known bands that deserve a moment in the spotlight and can help expand your metal horizons.

Last year we showcased three side projects from black metal icon Ihsahn, but there are plenty of musicians from throughout metaldom who have a host of additional projects outside their most well-known bands. This week we’ll take a look at bands covering a range of sounds from the members of Borknagar, Katatonia, and Samael that all show a different side than what fans may be expecting from their favorite musicians.


While many may be aware that Vintersorg from Borknagar has had his own self-titled, folk leaning and clean singing focused project for years, it’s not as well known that he was also involved in a folk metal project called Otyg prior to his solo releases.

Otyg had a very ‘90s, proto-metal feel as the musicians were starting to explore the boundaries of the genre, and is a must hear if you want to explore the roots of folk metal or are into the early works of bands like Amorphis or Borknagar. The band released two full-length albums titled “Älvefärd” and “Sagovindars Boning” before going on hold indefinitely. The music is a little on the lo-fi side and not quite as bombastic or epic as the intricately arranged folk and orchestra stuff that has come out of metal in the interim, but just listen to that atmosphere!


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