"some music was meant to stay underground..."


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 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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Borknagar Issues "Universal" Recording Update

Borknagar has issued the following update about the title and recording status of their upcoming album:

"The title of the new BORKNAGAR album will be nothing less than: UNIVERSAL.

"As the musical and lyrical approach of the album has shaped up during the production of the new album, the title UNIVERSAL is the title that shines through and mirrors the essence of the album. UNIVERSAL is a title that is broad enough and huge enough to project the giant character of this album, both musically and

"The production of the new album is going as planned and the album will be mixed at Toproom studios by the end of April. We can assure you that the new album will come with a massive, energic and vital production that few can match, by far the best production we have had so far. The album is planned to be released through INDIE RECORDINGS in September, later this year, an actual date will be issued later!

"On behalf of BORKNAGAR,

"Øystein G. Brun"

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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Italian gothic metal act Lacuna Coil are the latest band to be confirmed for Germany's Wacken Open Air festival. The festival is sold out and will take place between July 30th- August 1st.


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Borknagar Finishes Recording Drum Tracks

Borknagar has issued the following update about the recording of their new album:

"After a week of intense work, we are now finished recording the drums for the upcoming BORKNAGAR album. All in all 9 songs have been recorded and we can assure you that this will be the most heavy, groovy yet diverse and atmospheric album to date!

"David did a fabulous job adding his signature drum style to our music. Overall he crafted well balanced drum patterns in good BORKNAGAR tradition but added his sophisticated sense groove and precise way of playing. It sounds nothing but amazing!

"BORKNAGAR will continue recording the album in mid February. Then the main focus will be the recording of clean and electric guitar. Bass will possibly be recorded as well. The album will be recorded sporadically but the session is planned to be finished by the end of April. We are extremely excited about the material this time around as it will sound vital and fresh as never before.

"We are sure we again will breach some musical borders with our new monumental effort. So beware! Video diary from the studio session will be launched on the official BORKNAGAR MySpace site later, closer to the release of the album."

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Whiplash Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Reunited American thrash metallers Whiplash are the latest act to be confirmed for Germany's infamous Wacken festival. The festival has already sold out and will be taking place between July 30th and August 1st.

The lineup is now as follows:


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Borknagar Completes Writing of New Album

Norway's Borknagar have issued the following update on the new album:

"The writing process of the new BORKNAGAR album is now completed. We can assure you that this will be a monumental album in every aspect. It will be epic, grandiose, heavy, groovy and atmospheric, crafted the way only BORKNAGAR is able to." More...

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Borknagar Announces New Drummer, Dave Kinkade

Oystein G. Brun of norwegian black metal band, Borknagar, welcomes the addition of drummer Dave Kinkade with the following message:

"Dave Kinkade is the new drummer in BORKNAGAR. His first appearance with the band will be the actual recording of the new album, which will be recorded early next year."

"We are exited to finally get a new drummer behind the kit. We have spent quite some time and effort to find suitable and highly skilled replacement for Asgeir Mickelson. Dave has proven to be a fantastic drummer, become a good friend and he shares the same passion for music as the rest of us. We are truly confident that this cooperation will contribute to empower the music of BORKNAGAR even more in the future to come." More...

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Cronian Signs to Indie Recordings

Indie Recordings has announced the signing of avant-garde metal act, CRONIAN.

The label has issued the following welcoming message:

"CRONIAN is a project by Borknagar's main songwriter/guitarist Øystein G. Brun and Vintersorg and as fans of both musicians and their respective bands it's an honour for us at Indie Recordings to get to work on this amazing band. They made a serious impact on the scene with their 2006 debut "Terra" and their second album is now settled and ready for take off." More...

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