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In the wake of the release of their upcoming album, "Urd," on March 26th in Europe and in North America, Norwegian metallers Borknagar have announced a new drummer for the band's line-up. The exceptionally talented youngster Baard Kolstad is now joining Borknagar as the new drummer, and he will perform his first show together with the band at this year's Inferno Festival during April 4th-7th in Oslo, Norway. Kolstad's extreme drum abilities have been proven through several YouTube clips, TV-appearances in Norway and just recently, he won the world championship in V-Drums in Los Angeles.
In regards to Kolstad joining the band, Borknagar's mastermind Øystein G. Brun comments: "First and foremost I would like to welcome Baard into the fold, may our journey ahead become a joy able ride. We are all very excited about Baard teaming up with the band. He has proven to be an immensely talented drummer with skills and a technique that is simply breathtaking. Our first encounter was late last year when he stepped in and recorded drums for ICS VORTEX's cover version of METALLICA's song 'Don't Tread On Me'. Since then we have kept an eye on him. When we spilt with David Kinkade a bit later on, the road ahead was obvious. We are all very much looking forward to pull off the very first gigs..."
Kolstad adds : "I'm really happy for this opportunity and the fact that I have earned the respect to play with BORKNAGAR. Really looking forward to the musical adventure that the future holds and will do my best to deal with the challenge in the most respectful and creative way. Now, I just want to play!" More...
ICS Vortex recently performed the band's first live gig in support of the debut album "Storm Seeker" (reviewed here) at the Finnish Metal Expo 2012.
Footage has now been posted online from the show of ICS Vortex playing Borknagar's "Colossus." Check out the video clip below.
Norway's Borknagar is now premiering the first single off the band's new studio album, "Urd" (due out March 26th in Europe and March 27th in North America), via Decibel.com. Go check out the enthralling track "Roots" here.
Borknagar's mastermind Øystein G. Brun checked in to comment about the song:
"In regards to the depth, diversity and magnitude of our new album, 'Urd', it almost feels painful to slice off just a tiny bit of the bloody roast for the very first official 'starter'. I would argue that each and every song on the new album stands on solid ground, but as usual with our music, the songs empower each other in the context of a full album.
"That said, 'Roots' is probably the song on the album that gives you the most representative impression of 'Urd'. Musically it contains most of the elements that framework the musical universe of BORKNAGAR, and lyrically this song is gnawing on the very spine of our lyrical tradition. Hope you enjoy this song, the first tiny glimpse into our new opus. The beast is about to be unleashed..." More...
Norwegian act The Konsortium is the latest band to be confirmed to play at the Inferno Festival 2012, which takes place from April 4th - 7th. For more details, head over to the festival's official website.
The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
Norwegian progressive/folk/black metal act Borknagar unveiled the album art and track listing for the forthcoming LP "Urd." The album is the band's ninth studio release and will scheduled to drop on March 26th, 2012 (EU) and March 27th, 2012 (North America) through Century Media Records.
The track listing for "Urd" is as follows:
3. The Beauty of Dead Cities
4. The Earthling
5. The Plains of Memories
6. Mount Regency
8. The Winter Eclipse
9. In A Deeper World
Norwegian Avant-garde metallers Borknagar have finalized mixing duties for their upcoming studio album with Jens Bogren at acclaimed Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Katatonia) in Sweden, and they have now checked-in to announce that the long awaited new effort will be titled "Urd" and is to be released on March 26th, 2012 in Europe as well as March 27th, 2012 in North America via Century Media Records. More...
Borknagar is currently at Fascination Street studio working on an upcoming new album, and the band has now checked in with the following update:
"Øystein, Lars and myself arrived in Fascination Street Studio last night and today we’re already hard at work with the mixing process.
"I don’t want to say much more, only share a few pics here, but this is different! Enjoyable, Majestic, Brilliant! Can’t wait to release this…"
You can also check out some recently uploaded photos from the studio by heading over to the Borknagar website here.
Borknagar has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with drummer David Kinkade:
"Borknagar has decided to part ways with the U.S. drummer David Kinkade. This is first and foremost due to the logistical challenges we have been facing having a U.S. drummer in a Norwegian band the last couple of years. Sometimes reality bites and in order to be a fully operative band, we need a drummer based in Norway. The split is of friendly manner and we would like to say thanks for everything David has contributed with in relations to the band and we would also like to wish him the best of luck for his future endeavours.
"Borknagar is currently finishing up the recording of the 9th. album which is planned to be released early next year. As we speak Vintersorg and ICS Vortex are working on the vocal arrangements and we are all exited about the new effort we currently are brewing. The album will be mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren in Fascination Street Studio later this years. More details and information will be issued soon!
"Last time we needed a drummer, Dave was very eager to try out. We didn’t like the fact that he didn’t live in Norway due to the logistic side of things, but at this time we had no ambitions to play live more then the occasional festival gig. And Dave joined. He first did the album 'Universal,' then we played at Wacken as mentioned and also did 3 other gigs in Germany and Holland. More...
Borknagar is currently in the process of recording a new album, with a tentative release scheduled for February, 2012 through Century Media Records. The band has now checked in with the following recording update:
"Two days in studio done, Øystein is engineering and producing while I record my guitars. We took some pictures also. I am done with my stuff, tomorrow ICS Vortex is inbound and he’s bringing his bass!"
Photos from the recording sessions can be found by heading over to the Borknagar website at this location.
ICS Vortex has announced upcoming festival live shows, for his new solo project as well as for his other bands Borknagar and Arcturus. You can find the currently announced dates in the tour poster below.
Borknagar's Jens F. Ryland has weighed in on having their music pulled from Spotify under the recent decision by Century Media. Here's what he had to say on the topic:
"A couple of days ago I received a mail from Century Media stating that they had removed Borknagar and all the other Century Media bands from Spotify. In the two days after this a debate has formed and I’ve seen articles and comments in several zines and newspapers, including The Independent and LA Times. Metalsuck.net (sic) is even having an ongoing row with the 'Suits' of Century Media on their site. What I haven’t seen yet are any comments from the musicians themselves, so let me tell you what I think of this:
"Stepping into this salad I’m still undecided which side I’m actually on. The way I see it, this situation is an ongoing shape-shift of the whole business. And it’s still in it’s early stages, most people and businesses are still confused and have little idea of what is going on and noone can really see the outcome of this. It makes most of the ongoing debate into a blabber of nonsense where nothing constructive comes out. Spotify are hiding the numbers, Century Media is offering critics to come work for them for free and Metalsuck are stating that most bands would be better of with no payment as it would lower the use of drugs! Guys, this isn’t going to renew the music business!
"I think I just decided to not side with any of these. More...
Borknagar is currently recording the band's next album, which is roughly planned to be released in February 2012 through Century Media Records. The album will be mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden in November.
Øystein G. Brun commented on the album:
“As we speak I am currently sitting in my home studio (The Bork-tower) in Bergen recording guitars for the new Borknagar album. I have been working 24/7 the last weeks to get out the very best of my abilities and polish all riffs into perfection. I am so excited about this production as we have been planning to take a huge step forward in terms of production and being able to finalize our new effort with Jens at Fascination Street Studio is a perfect match.
"Looking back on our previous releases our major challenge has always been to materialize our highly detailed music - and compromises have been done production-wise. This time around there will be no compromise and hopefully you will witness the most powerful, rich, detailed and dynamic Borknagar album to date!"
Just For Fun
Waterloo Records has posted a video clip online titled "Record Store Olympics Event 3: The Decipher," in which record store employees try to decipher increasingly incomprehensible metal band names based on their logos. Check out the clip below, and see if you can name all the bands based on their logos.
Artisan Norway has posted an interview online with Øystein G. Brun about the upcoming Borknagar album, which will be the follow-up to "Universal." An excerpt from the interview, in which Brun discusses getting a "musical erection" before hitting the studio, can be viewed below.
Artisan: Are you excited about recording a new Borknagar album?
Øystein: Well yes, I always have a full blown “musical erection” the months before we hit the studio – and certainly this time around. I have a very good gut-feeling when it comes to the material we have at hand, we have an “updated” line up and we’re all urging to create the best Bork album to date. May sound like the typical pre-studio cliché type of thing to say, but I have never before had so strong empirical reasons supporting my gut-feeling for saying just that.
Artisan: How many songs will it be? Can you reveal any titles?
Øystein: Actually, we don’t have all the material on the table yet as some songs still are in the making. But it seems like we are closing in on about an hour of music or 10-11 songs all in all. But this includes all the rough material, so some songs might be thrown into the archives along the line or used as bonus material if it turns out good enough. From my experience, an album should not be much longer than 45 minutes, so according to my foresight we’ll probably end up with 9 songs on the actual album – without binding to it contractually. The album title is still in progress, but I have few song titles emerging as “Northern Nobility,” “In a Deeper World,” and “The Winter Eclipse.” At this point these titles are still working titles, but it might give you a lead where things are heading in terms of lyrics. Nothing revolutionary within the Bork- lyrical- universe, but we’ll definitely add some new perspectives and ideas. As an example, the lyric to “In a Deeper World” will be heavily inspired by the Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss.More...
Read the full article at Artisan Norway.
Borknagar recently signed with Century Media and re-recruited vocalist I.C.S. Vortex to the band's lineup. Asgeir Mickelson, who recorded the drums for the band's "Quintessence" album, has now posted a blog online discussing writing the lyrics for the "Colossus" track. You can listen to the track in the player below and read Mickelson's thoughts after the jump.
Borknagar mainman Oystein G. Brun has posted the following statement online, announcing the return of I.C.S Vortex to the band.
"Even though Mr. Vortex has been absent from the band for almost a decade due to other musical endeavors, he has always remained a good, loyal and supportive friend of the band. Personally, I have always had a feeling that our paths would cross again — and now they do. I would like to welcome Mr. Vortex back in the fold, and I am really excited to get another opus done with the strongest lineup Borknagarhas ever had.
"Just imagine the musical potential having two of the best and most renowned vocalists in the scene in the same band. This is surely a huge step forward and another exciting chapter in the musical legacy of Borknagar — and I feel like a lucky bastard being part of this. The new album will surely knock your socks off and set some new standards in the world of metal!"
Borknagar has inked a three-album deal with Century Media Records. The band is currently working on material for its new CD, tentatively due in early 2012. Commented Borknagar mainman Øystein G. Brun:
"Well, sometimes life takes slightly unexpected yet great turns! Due to internal business affairs, the deal with Indie recordings was mutually terminated by both parties in January 2011. Since then we have been negotiating a possible re-signing with Century Media Records. While you are reading this, Jens F. Ryland and I are at the headquarters of Century Media Records in Dortmund to ink a new deal with our old partners in crime. It feels very good to be back in the fold of the mighty Century family; there is simply no team, no label alike.
"Thanks to Jens Preuter (head of A&R), we have worked out and landed a deal that we are 110 percent sure will serve the future endeavors of Borknagar in the best possible and most potent way. We share so much history with Century Media Records and we are now preparing to create more musical history for the future to come — together with our friends at the Century family!"
Added Preuter: "We are very proud to welcome back such a great and highly influential band. Whether you want to call it black, progressive, Viking, folk or whatever metal, Borknagar always managed to be just themselves on a unique and high level.
"I already heard some pre-production demos from the upcoming album and I can tell you it will be not just another masterpiece, but probably the best material they've done so far."
If you live near Dortmund, Germany, you can come by the Die Burg bar this Thursday evening, March 29th and party with Øystein G. Brun, Jens F. Ryland and the Century Media crew.
Borknagar has announced the band's previously scheduled South American tour in September has been canceled. Guitarist Øystein G. Brun comments on the situation:
"Sometimes reality bites and it is with a graven heart we have to inform you all that we are forced to pull the plug on the South American tour in September. At this point, too many of the concerts have been canceled by the local promoters (due to local issues beyond our control) and in spite of a desperate attempt to find new venues, we have not been able to get the puzzle together without losing shit loads of money. Parallel to this, our agent for this tour in South America has not provided us with the necessary visas, not even the plane tickets.
"So there is nothing more we can do at this point and we are forced to pull the plug now, in order to avoid further and major expenses that leads to nothing. On our end, we have done all we can to make this happened. David has come over from US for rehearsals, we have worked out and started rehearsing the set, equipment has been shipped from our endorsement partners, prepared tour-shirt design and so on- we have even gotten the necessary vaccines for us going to South America. We had such high hopes for this tour, it would indeed have been a very special event for us, our fans and friends in South America. I can assure you that we have never before fought this hard to get a tour happening, this time we lost the fight and we are sorry!"
Borknagar has updated the upcoming South American tour this fall to include two shows in Mexico. Dates are as follows:
Sept. 17 Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador
Sept. 18 Monterrey, Mexico - Arena Santa Lucia
Sept. 19 Bogota, Colombia - Teatro La Mama
Sept. 21 La Paz, Bolivia - Centro Comercial Mundial
Sept. 23 Santiago, Chile - Club Rock & Guitarras
Sept. 24 Buenos Aires, Argentina - Asbury Rock
Sept. 25 São Paulo, Brasil - Manifesto Bar
Sept. 26 Rio de Janeiro, Brasil - Bangu Atlético Club
Guitarist Øystein G. Brun comments: "We are now closing in for the South American tour in September and we are all really exited to head for the southern hemisphere. We are currently wrapping up the final songs for the set list and it will indeed be a special event- as I.C.S Vortex will handle bass and vocals- and we will play several songs we never before have performed live. So hang in there, we will be around in less than two months. Hope to see you all folks!"
Keyboardist Lars Nedland comments: "We have waited so long to be able to see South America, and now everything is finally set. This will be epic, and I can not wait to meet our of loyal fans face to face."
Borknagar has issued the following statement about canceling their previously scheduled appearance in Caracas:
"Due to issues in Venezuela of which are out of the bands control, we have decided to cancel the previously announced concert in Caracas on September 15th 2010. We apologize to all of the Venezuelan fans and want to assure you that we will come to Venezuela in due time once these matters have been resolved and it becomes possible for us to play there. In light of the situation, we are pleased to announce that we have added a concert in Rio de Janeiro on September 26th 2010. None of the other dates will be affected by these changes. The 'Universal Course tour' will take place in September 2010 and will include stops in the following cities."
17/09 - Bogota/Colombia
18/09 - Quito/Ecuador
19/09 - Lima/Peru
22/09 - La Paz/Bolivia
23/09 - Santiago/Chile
24/09 - Buenos Aires/Argentina
25/09 - São Paulo/Brasil
26/09 – Rio De Janeiro