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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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Borknagar's Jens F. Ryland Weighs In On Spotify

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...

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Borknagar Recording New Album

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!"

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Just For Fun

Record Store Employees Try To Decipher Metal Logos

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.

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Oystein Brun Shares About His "Musical Erection"

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.

Read the full article at Artisan Norway.

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Asgeir Mickelson Discusses Borknagar Lyrics

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.


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I.C.S Vortex Returns To Borknagar

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!"

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Borknagar Signs With Century Media

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.

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Borknagar Cancels South American Tour

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!"

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Borknagar Updates South American Tour Schedule

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."

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Borknagar Cancels Venezuelan Show

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

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Borknagar Announces South American Tour

Borknagar has issued the following announcement about scheduling the band's first tour of South America;

"With the recent changes in the band, Borknagar is now able to hit the road and meet the fans face to face. We are very pleased to announce that Borknagar is now gearing up to head to South America, a continent never visited by the band before. The 'UNIVERSAL COURSE TOUR' is scheduled to kick off in September 2010."

The currently announced dates are as follows, with venues to be announced shortly:

16/09 - Caracas/Venezuela
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 More...

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Borknagar Taps I.C.S. Vortex As Touring Bassist

Norway's Borknagar recently parted ways with bassist Erik Tiwaz (aka Tyr). The band has now announced I.C.S. Vortex (Arcturus, ex-Dimmu Borgir) will be stepping in to handle both bass and vocal duties on the upcoming Borknagar tour dates due to vocalist Vintersorg having other commitments. Borknagar issued the following statement:

"The band is currently working on touring plans for the future. Due to private commitments Vintersorg is unfortunately not able to join the band on the road for the moment being. Because of this, I.C.S. Vortex will step in to the fold to handle vocal and bass for upcoming live activities."

Guitarist Øystein G. Brun comments: "As stated in several interviews the last couple of month’s it’s our firm intention to bring the band’s live activities up a notch in respect for all our fans. There is just no way we can dismiss all the requests we get all over the world. We are currently working on some really interesting touring plans, but unfortunately our brother in music Vintersorg is not able to come along for the moment being due to private commitments. So Vortex being a previous member and always a good friend of the band, it feels great to have him back in the fold in order to execute these plans. Also, I would like to express my deepest admiration for Vintersorg’s open minded and supportive attitude, embracing the idea to pull this off with Vortex in his absence- to make this a genuine and worthy solution for Borknagar.” More...

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Borknagar Splits With Bassist

Norwegian metal act Borknagar has issued the following update about parting ways with bassist Tyr:

"Erik Tiwaz(aka Tyr) has decided to leave the Borknagar fold, due to general disagreements. The split happened in a friendly manner and with mutual respect. The band wants to wish him the best of luck for future endeavors! More news- in way more positive terms- will follow soon!"

You can also check out sample Borknagar tracks via the band's official MySpace page.

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Borknagar Video Interview Available

Imhotep recently conducted an interview with Borknagar guitarist Øystein Brun and keyboardist Lazare in Oslo, Norway. The first video clip from the interview can be viewed below and the rest can be found after the jump.


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The End Records Compilation For Free Download

Toward the end of 2009, The End Records released a 99 cent 17 track sampler on iTunes. Now, in celebration of March Metal Month, the label has released a 20 track sampler for free download on Amazon.com! (May be only available to visitors in the U.S.)

1. The 69 Eyes "Dead Girls Are Easy" (3:53)
2. Dir En Grey "Dozing Green (Live)" (3:57)
3. Creature With the Atom Brain "Transylvania" (5:59)
4. Autumn "Liar Emilie" (6:01)
5. Cable "Running Out Of Roads To Ride" (4:55)
6. Goes Cube "Grinding The Knife Blade" (3:15)
7. Early Man "Someone Else's Nightmare" (3:52)
8. Shining "Fisheye" (5:07)
9. Karl Sanders "Rapture Of The Empty Spaces" (4:23)
10. Novembers Doom "A Eulogy For The Living Lost" (6:30)
11. Suicide City "The Best Way" (4:11)
12. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter "Der Weg (Live)" (3:56)
13. Sigh "L'art De Mourir" (4:55)
14. Borknagar "Havoc" (6:41)
15. Laethora "A.S.K.E." (3:39)
16. Hull "Architect" (6:54)
17. These Are They "The Indweller" (6:38)
18. Vreid "Milorg" (6:21)
19. Sarke "Old" (2:06)
20. Red Planet;Nattefrost "Sin Goddammit" Fenriz' (4:10)

You can download the free compilation here.

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Borknagar Posts New Album E-Card

Norwegian metallers Borknagar released their new album "Universal" today, February 22nd. The band has now posted a new e-card online that features sample tracks and the cover artwork for the album. The e-card can be found at this location.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Havoc
2. Reason
3. The Stir of Seasons
4. For a Thousand Years to Come
5. Abrasion Tide
6. Fleshflower
7. Worldwide
8. My Domain (featuring guestvocals by I.C.S Vortex)

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Borknagar Streaming New Song "Havoc"

Borknagar is currently streaming a new song online from the upcoming album "Universal." The track "Havoc" can be heard through the band's official MySpace page. "Universal" is set to be released on of February 22nd 2010 through Indie Recordings. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Havoc
2. Reason
3. The Stir of Seasons
4. For a Thousand Years to Come
5. Abrasion Tide
6. Fleshflower
7. Worldwide
8. My Domain (featuring guestvocals by I.C.S Vortex)

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Borknagar Schedules Listening Party in Chicago

Borknagar has scheduled a listening party for their new album, entitled "Universal," on Sunday February 14th, at Exit in Chicago Illinois. Borknagar drummer David Kinkade will be on hand from 10pm until 4am, as guest DJ for the event.

"Universal" is set for release on February 22, 2010 in Europe and March 2, 2010 in North America through Indie Recordings and The End records. The album was recorded and mixed at Toproom Studio in Lunner, Norway, with the band members themselves handling the production duties.

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Borknagar Posts More Album Recording Footage

Borknagar has posted the fourth and final studio videos from the recording sessions of their upcoming album "Universal," which can be viewed below. "Universal" will be released on February 22nd, 2010 through Indie Recordings. I.C.S. Vortex has also issued the following statement about appearing in the clip:

"Tabletwisters! I.C.S. Vortex takes part in the new and the last Borknagar clip from the making of 'Universal' studio series. There's a little taste of how 'My Domain' song sounds in which Vortex does all vocals as a guest for the new Borknagar album which hits the road on the 22.02.10. It's a must!"

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Borknagar Posts Album "Making Of" Video Clip

Borknagar has posted the third in a series of studio videos from the recording sessions of their upcoming album "Universal," which can be viewed below. "Universal" will be released on February 22nd, 2010 through Indie Recordings.

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