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Borknagar

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 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
lyrically.....

"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.

The lineup for Wacken is now as follows: AMON AMARTH, BORKNAGAR, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CALLEJON, CATHEDRAL, DRAGONFORCE, EINHERJER, EPICA, GWAR, HAMMERFALL, HEAVEN AND HELL, IN EXTREMO, IN FLAMES, KAMPFAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW, KORPIKLAANI, LACUNA COIL, MACHINE HEAD, MOTÖRHEAD, NAPALM DEATH, NEVERMORE, AXEL RUDI PELL, SARKE, TESTAMENT, TRISTANIA, TURISAS, WALLS OF JERICHO, WHIPLASH

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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:

AMON AMARTH
BORKNAGAR
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
DRAGONFORCE
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
MOTORHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TESTAMENT
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO
WHIPLASH

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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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The Batallion Confirms Festival Appearances

Our old-school thrashers, The Batallion, consisting of past and present members of Old Funeral, Borknagar, Taake, Grimfist and Bömbers, have been booked for several European festivals this summer.

Confirmed festival dates are:

01.08.08 LOST WEEKEND FESTIVAL – NOR
24.08.08 LA FERME DU ROCK FESTIVAL – FRA

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Borknagar Parts Ways With Drummer

Norwegian black metal band Borknagar have parted ways with their drummer Asgeir Mickelson, who has been with the band since 1999.

Borknagar's guitarist Øystein Brun issued the following statement:

"Due to the latest years evolving differences in musical ideas and visions, Asgeir Mickelson has decided to quit Borknagar. The spilt happens in friendly manner and with mutual respect for the decision that he has made. He will remain a good friend of the band. We wish to thank him for a great collaboration over the years and the best of luck with future endeavours! The split will have little or no effect on the schedule of the forthcoming album. We are currently working on pre- productions and we are heading for an early- next- year release. As stated before, the new album will regain the musical forces that dominated the 4 first albums. So beware!"

Asgeir Mickelson has played bass and guitar for a variety of metal bands, most recently providing the drumming on the upcoming Ihsahn album "angL".

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Fission Post "Pain Parade" Trailer Online

Sweden's FISSION, led by BORKNAGAR/VINTERSORG frontman Andreas Hedlund (aka Vintersorg), have issued the a trailer for their forthcoming album Pain Parade, due to be released via Aphotic Records (view here).

Tracklisting for Pain Parade is as follows: "Chains," "Frequency Control," "Dear Frenzy!," "Pain Parade," "Machination (The Kallocain Protocol)," "Collision And Collapse," "Earthquaker" and "Mekanisk är Själen."

The album is curretnly being mixed at Ballerina Audio with Nils Johanson (Vintersorg, NAGLFAR, TME). More...

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Borknagar Rejoined By Guitarist and Bassist

Norway's BORKNAGAR has announced that Jens Ryland (guitar) and Erik Tiwaz (a.k.a. Tyr; bass) are back as permanent members of the band.

Jens Ryland was a longtime member of BORKNAGAR and contributed to "The Archaic Course", "Quintessence" and "Empiricism" albums before he quit in 2003 due to other priorities in life.

Erik Tiwaz joined the band in 2000 and participated on "Empiricism" as a regular member. In 2004 he quit the band due to personal reasons but contributed as a session musician to "Origin" in 2006.

Jens Ryland comments on his reunion with the band: "I'm happy to say I'm again joining the proud ranks of BORKNAGAR, but it also feels strange as I have never really cut the string entirely. It's funny how the world turns, and age has not worn out this crew at all, on the contrary the band seems relaxed, content and more than ready for new adventures." More...

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Fission Reveal "Pain Parade" Track Listing

FISSION, the collaboration between BORKNAGAR/VINTERSORG frontman Andreas Hedlund (a.k.a. Vintersorg) and VINTERSORG live session drummer Benny "Hägge" Hägglund, has finalized the track listing for its second album, "Pain Parade", due later in the year via Aphotic Records. The CD was mixed at Ballerina Audio with Nils Johansson (VINTERSORG, NAGLFAR, TME). According to a press release, "Pain Parade" will contain "eight brilliant songs that mix the most of [what] metal has to offer."

"Pain Parade" track listing is as follows:

01. Chains
02. Frequency Control
03. Dear Frenzy!
04. Pain Parade
05. Machination (The Kallocain Protocol)
06. Collision and Collapse
07. Earthquaker
08. Mekanisk Är Själen More...

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The Batallion's New Album Ready To Be Unleashed

The Batallion, the band consisting of past and current members of Old Funeral, Grimfist, Taake, Bömbers and Borknagar, is ready to unleash hell upon the world. The album "The Stronghold of Men" will be released through Dark Essence Records in Norway on March 17 and worldwide on April 21.

The album was recorded and mixed in Conclave Studios and produced by Bart Schlegermeister and contain 11 tracks of "kick-ass old-school thrash metal." The album features guest vocals by none other than Abbath (Immortal), who is also a big fan of the band.

Tracks from the upcoming The Batallion album, "Stronghold of Men," can be previewed on Last.fm. You can also download the song "The Spirit of Masculinity" for free from the same page and stream their music from MySpace.

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