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Borknagar

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

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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 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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Borknagar Reveals New Album, "Universal," Details

BORKNAGAR’s upcoming album, "Universal," will be released on of February 22nd 2010 through Indie Recordings. Borknagar has unveiled the artwork and tracklisting for "Universal," which 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) More...

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Borknagar Posts Studio Recording Footage

Borknagar are set to release their new album "Universal" on February 22nd, 2010 via Indie Recordings. The band has posted the second in a series of video clips showing their time in the studio recording the album, which can be viewed below. More...

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I.C.S. Vortex Announces New Projects

I.C.S. Vortex, former bassist for Dimmu Borgir and currently with Lamented Souls, has issued the following announcement about his upcoming releases:

"First song is recorded for the I.C.S Vortex album and the rest will follow during this winter. Release early fall 2010. Studio is booked for Lamented Souls in March and release date is set to late fall 2010. And for those wondering about the revival of Arcturus, I was told by an alien that 2011 is a lucky number..."

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Borknagar to Release New Album in February

Borknagar’s upcoming album, "Universal," will be lauched for a worldwide release on February 22nd, 2010 through Indie Recordings.

The album will be released in four different formats: regular jewlcase CD, limited digipack including bonus disc, CD box with extras and gatefold LP with double vinyl.

Cover art and more information will be revealed shortly.

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Borknagar Posts New Album Recording Footage Online

Borknagar has posted online an in-studio video from the recording sessions for their upcoming album "Universal." The video clip can be viewed below. Borknagar also issued the following statement about the video:

"Making of UNIVERSAL was recorded, edited and produced by the band in order to satisfy you- the fans! This will grant you with a glimpse into the process of making our new album UNIVERSAL and even a small taste of what is about to come. 4 episodes will be launched during this autumn, towards the actual release in early 2010. Hope you enjoy this ride throughout the making of this grandiose album, we certainly did!" More...

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Gravisphere Completes Debut Album

Swedish experimental symphonic black metal band Gravisphere, which consists of Mr. V(Vintersorg, Borknagar, Cronian, Fission, WaterClime) and A. Stenlund S (TME), has issued the following update regarding the progress of their debut album:

"All the songs for what shall become Gravisphere's first release are done! Eight songs of cosmic, dreaming, feeling, dark and visionary metal! We are truly pleased with the result and still feel that we have something new and fresh to contribute to the metal scene! The lyrics focuses around the vast emptiness of space and the notion mankind sometimes have that we may not be alone, even on our own planet."

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Indie Recordings Comments On Borknagar Album Delay

Indie Recordings has issued the following announcement about the delays in releasing the new Borknagar album "Universal:"

"Indie Recordings and Indie Distribution takes on new adventures. Since the start of Indie Recordings and Indie Distribution in 2005 a lot has happened. Indie Distribution has grown from being a small Norwegian underground distributor, into being a significant player in the Norwegian music market . We are now handling labels such as Nuclear Blast, SPV Steamhammer, Metal Blade, Rough Trade and tons of others, and we feel confident that Indie Distribution is the no. 1 hard rock/metal distributor in Norway today. Indie Recordings started off as a small side project to Indie Distribution, as we felt the urge to work closer with bands than what we could do as a distributor only. Indie Recordings has grown from releasing relatively unknown acts on a rarely basis, into releasing several albums pr. month with acts such as Satyricon, Enslaved, Keep Of Kalessin, Audrey Horne, Borknagar, Shining (Halmstad), Godseed, Carpathian Forest + +. Having the opportunity to work with such fine musicians for the last years has been a great inspiration to us, and has motivated us to bring our business yet a step forward.

"So far Indie Recordings has been distributed via a third party outside Norway, and Indie Distribution has been a business focusing only on Norway – we find that now is a good time to change this. We are launching Indie Distribution as our very own international distribution starting January 2010. Indie distribution will naturally handle Indie Recordings, but we will also carry other respected Norwegian and foreign labels. More news on this will follow shortly.

"On the contrary of what a lot of people might think, feel and say - we are confident that the future of the music industry is bright, and we embrace this challenge with courage and great passion for our work!

"Upcoming Releases - Due to this change in our setup we have decided to postpone all releases previously scheduled for 2009 until 2010. This affects in particular Borknagar and In Vain, but we are confident they will be better off benefiting from our new setup."

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Sarke, Tom Gabriel Warrior Join Forces At Wacken

Norway's Sarke, featuring Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone) and Sarke (Tulus, Khold), will be joined by legendary Tom Gabriel Warrior (Triptykon, ex-Celtic Frost and Hellhammer) for their performance on this year's Wacken Open Air. Together, they will perform the Celtic Frost classic "Dethroned Emperor."

The Sarke band comments: "We are all massive fans of Tom and his music, and we are honored to share the stage with him at Wacken!"

Tom Gabriel Warrior adds: "It's an honor and a privilege to be invited to appear onstage with Sarke, a group whose line-up doesn't only contain personal friends but also musicians I respect deeply. We shall make our appearance at Wacken a truly special event!"

Since the recording of their debut album, "Vorunah," Sarke has grown to become a real band, and the live line-up is now officially part of the band. Sarke's line-up is completed with Asgeir Mickelson (Spiral Architect, Thornbound, ex-Borknagar), Cyrus (Susperia) and Anders Hunstad (El Caco, Autopulver, Morten Abel). The band is already working on new material, and a new album is expected in 2010.

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Borknagar Finishes New Album, Plans Tour Dates

The production of the new BORKNAGAR album “UNIVERSAL” now finally complete. The album was recorded and mixed at Toproom Studio and produced by the band.

The band comments: “We are extremely satisfied with the result! The album turned out even better than we dared to hope for when starting this journey. There is an attitude, energy and nerve to this record that will appeal to the most primal side of man, yet there is complexity and atmosphere that will challenge the most sophisticated parts of mind. The album contains all the elements that made BORKNAGAR the band we are and we are firmly believe that this album will be a huge piece of candy for those who have followed the band through the years. This is by far the most complete album we have done to date- musically and productionwise- and we are right now just immensely eager to get the album out there!”

An official release date and more info will be revealed soon.

Prior to the release of "UNIVERSAL," BORKNAGAR will team up with CODE, SOLSTAFIR and SECRETS OF THE MOON for 3 very exclusive shows in Europe to promote the upcoming album.

24.09.2009 - GER Hamburg Markthalle
25.09.2009 - NL Leeuwarden Romein
26.09.2009 - GER Oberhausen Turbinenhalle

BORKNAGAR is also playing WACKEN OPEN AIR later this year.

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Code Announces European Tour Dates

UK progressive black metal band, Code, has issued the following update regarding the details of their upcoming European tour:

"In September and October this year we will be traveling across Europe spreading our otherworldly musings. Joining us will be Icelandic cowboys Solstafir and German occultists Secrets of the Moon. We will be operating a rotating headline policy so get there early to be sure to see us all. We will also be joined by Borknagar for the shows on the 24th, 25th and 26th [of] September." More...

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