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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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Rotting Christ Announces North American Tour Dates

Greek black metal titans Rotting Christ has confirmed the new dates for their forthcoming "Devastation Of The Nation" tour across North America, which has now added Norwegian progressive black metal veterans Borknagar to the lineup. Also appearing on the tour will be Wolfheart, Abigail Williams and as-yet unannounced special guest. Tickets are available to purchase here.

The new tour dates are as follows:

April 21 - Berkeley, CA - Cornerstone
April 22 - Portland, OR - Bossanova Ballroom
April 23 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
April 24 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
April 26 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall
April 27 - Denver, CO - The Roxy Theater
April 29 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theatre
April 30 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
May 1 - Detroit, MI - Sanctuary
May 3 - Toronto, ON - Lees Palace
May 4 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
May 5 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial
May 6 - Manchester, NH - Jewel
May 7 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar
May 8 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
May 10 - Greensboro, NC - Blind Tiger
May 11 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
May 12 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
May 13 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Hell)
May 14 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
May 16 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
May 17 - Fort Worth, TX - Haltom Theater
May 18 - Austin, TX - Come and Take It Live
May 19 - El Paso, TX - Rockhouse Bar
May 20 - Phoenix, AZ - Nile Theater
May 21 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
May 22 - Los Angeles, CA -1720

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Moonspell And My Dying Bride To Tour Europe

Portuguese Gothic metal icons Moonspell and British death/doom veterans My Dying Bride has announced that they will be embarking on a tour across Europe next September and October, dubbed the "Vltima Ratio Fest 2022." Rounding up this hugely impressive bill will be Norwegian progressive Viking metal stalwarts Borknagar, Finnish history buffs Wolfheart and Texan melodic death/doom band Hinayana.

The tour dates are as follows:

29.09.2022 Frankfurt (Germany) - Batschkapp
30.09.2022 Leipzig (Germany) - Hellraiser

01.10.2022 Antwerp (Belgium) - Trix
02.10.2022 Luxembourg (Luxembourg) - Den Atelier
03.10.2022 Paris (France) - Elysee Montmatre
04.10.2022 Lyon (France) - Transbordeur
05.10.2022 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
06.10.2022 Stuttgart (Germany) - LKA
07.10.2022 Geiselwind (Germany) - Music Hall
08.10.2022 Munich (Germany) - Backstage Werk
09.10.2022 Brno (Czech Republic) - Sono
10.10.2022 Budapest (Hungary) - Barba Negra
11.10.2022 Vienna (Austria) - Arena
12.10.2022 Wroclaw (Poland) - A2
13.10.2022 Berlin (Germany) - Kesselhaus
14.10.2022 Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
15.10.2022 Oberhausen (Germany) - Turbinenhalle 2
16.10.2022 Utrecht (The Netherlands) - Ronda

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Death Tribe Premiere New Song & Music Video

Death Tribe (ex-Obscura, Borknagar, Thirty Second to Mars, etc.) premiere a new song and music video entitled "Thawra", which is chapter 2 out of 7 from the Red Experiment movie produced by Dronicon Films. The mixing and mastering was done by Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, Dark Tranquillity, Suicide Silence, and Kaoteon).

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Rotting Christ Postpones North American Tour

Greek extreme metal legends Rotting Christ has announced that, like many other tours, their headlining run of North America as part of the Devastation Of The Nation tour, has been pushed back a year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. A statement posted on the band's official Facebook page reads as follows:

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are numerous states and cities on the Devastation On The Nation Tour that are putting bans on gatherings anywhere between 100-1000 people. On top of that, the President of the United States of America has put a travel ban in place for anyone coming from Europe to America for the next 30 days which starts Friday. Three out of the five bands on this tour are from Europe which are Rotting Christ, Borknagar, and Wolfheart. They were scheduled to fly here on March 18th. Unfortunately, as you can see, our hands are tied and we have no other choice than to postpone the Devastation On The Nation Tour.

"The tour will now be rescheduled to February 11th - March 14th, 2021 and will have the same route in place. The tour will still feature Rotting Christ, Borknagar, Wolfheart, Abigail Williams, and Imperial Triumphant.

"To everyone who has purchased tickets already. If you would like a refund, you are able to get one by contacting the company you purchased it from. If you would like to hold onto your current ticket, it will be honored at the rescheduled date."

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Borknagar Posts New Music Video Online

Norway’s avant-garde metallers, Borknagar, arise at their most spirited and resplendent on their 11th studio album, True North, out now via Century Media Records.

Today, the band launch a video directed by Lars A. Nedland and Alexander Olsson / RedinkFrame for the album’s closing track, “Voices”. Check it out below.

Lars A. Nedland (main vocalist on “Voices”) commented about the track and its video as follows: "'Voices' is a song cut from a different cloth. It was made in one sitting, it was created backwards, and it came to life in a creative frenzy where it felt like it forced itself into existence rather than being consciously written. All the vocals were crafted over a single keyboard note and a simple clicktrack, and the song as it appears on the album is almost frighteningly close to the original demo recording, including many of the original demo vocal takes - though the music is further developed and masterfully enhanced by the eminent musicianship of my fellow Borknamen.

"Thematically speaking, 'Voices' is both an elegy and an introspective celebration of freedom. It’s a musical rendering of longing and a directional push towards breaking the shackles of limitation. A lifetime of contemplation distilled into five minutes of music. I had images appearing in my mind as I was writing the music, so naturally those images had to come to life as a film to complement it. I have been directing for many years, so I took on the job of piecing everything together myself, in collaboration with Alex Olsson and the production company RedinkFrame. This is how the visual side of 'Voices' was born. Shot on Alexa with a wide assortment of lenses (including my favourite optical tool, Lensbaby) at 25, 50 and 200 fps, the result came in closer to my vision than I ever imagined possible. This is what voices look like. This is how I imagine their echoes linger in us.” More...

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Borknagar Premiere New Song & Music Video

Borknagar‘s new track “Up North” premiered online today, accompanied with a music video produced by Costin Chioreanu (At The Gates, Voivod). The single is taken from thegroup’s eleventh studio release “True North” which will land in stores on September 27th.

The band’s guitarist Øystein G. Brun had the following to say of that: More...

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Borknagar Premiere New Song "The Fire That Burns"

Borknagar premiere a new song entitled "The Fire That Burns", taken from their upcoming new album "True North", which will be released by Century Media on September 27th.

Check out now "The Fire That Burns" below.

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Borknagar Posts New Album Update

Borknagar founder Øystein G. Brun has checked in with the following update:

"Friday night, I drove the 800 km from the woods of Örebro in the midst of Sweden to the shores Bergen, in one intense drive. Through the endless woods of Sweden, wintry Oslo, over the stormy (!!) mountains of Hemsedal and finally waiting my way through a billion of tunnels here in west, as many of them were under construction / upgrade work. Quite an ordeal for an tired old fart, but I was indeed smiling all the way back home.

"The new Borknagar album is finally done. I am so proud of what we have achieved musically this time around. Hard work always pays off, and this time we all pushed it to the extreme.

"I want to share my sincere gratitude to everybody involved in this production so far. First and foremost this goes to my brothers in music Lars, Simen, Jostein and Bjørn. And not to forget my always supportive family making all this possible.

"Moreover, I would like to thank Jens, Linus and Tony at Fascination Street Studio, Marius at Strand Studio and John Ryan from Cruachan. Thank you for being a part of this journey!

"Now, onward!"

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Borknagar Finishes Recording New Album

Norwegian progressive black metal veterans Borknagar has announced that they have finished recording their as yet untitled new studio album. A message from the band reads as follows:


"Yesterday we finished the recording of the upcoming album. Next step is mix and mastering with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. We have all invested so much time, effort and heart into this album. We can't wait to get this one out to all of you! Cheers!"

This will be the band's first album since splitting with vocalist Vintersorg, leaving ICS Vortex to handle vocal duties and will be their first release since 2016's, "Winter Thrice."

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Borknagar Splits With Vocalist

Norwegian progressive black metal outfit Borknagar has announced that they have parted company with vocalist Andreas "Vintersorg" Hedlund. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Due to personal reasons, Andreas 'Vintersorg' Hedlund has decided to step down as the lead vocalist of Borknagar. The decision is based on mutual understanding, respect and in a friendly manner with the rest of the band. Borknagar would like to express their sincere gratitude for the musical brotherhood we have shared throughout the years and wish Andreas the very best in his future endeavours. There is no drama to this situation, and our friendship will remain. No one should be too surprised if Vintersorg reappears as a guest vocalist on a future record.

"As a natural consequence, I.C.S Vortex will take a step forward into the role as the band´s lead vocalist, and will, together with Lars Nedland, carry on Borknagar's legacy of vocal brilliance." More...

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Borknagar Reveals New Drummer

Norway’s avant-garde metallers, Borknagar, are finally back in the studio in order to record their 11th album, following up 2016’s Winter Thrice release. The new album will be once again mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio (Opeth, Kreator, Amon Amarth) in March 2019 and is expected for a worldwide release via Century Media Records in fall of 2019.

The upcoming album will also be the first to feature new drummer Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow, replacing Baard Kolstad, who has parted ways with the band on good terms, due to busy schedules, heavy touring and various other musical commitments. Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow has already recorded drums for the upcoming Borknagar album at Strand Studio in Oslo and can be seen pictured above together with Borknagar mainman Oystein G. Brun. More...

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Borknagar Begins Recording New Album

Borknagar, the Norwegian black metal pioneers based around Oystein G. Brun, have commenced recordings for their upcoming studio album, expected early next year via Century Media Records.

The new album will be the band's follow-up to the band's 2016 release, "Winter Thrice," and their first since the early-2018 departure of guitarist Jens F. Ryland. Stay tuned for updates from the band.

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Eight More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2019

The organisers of Belgium's biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further eight bands for next year's event. Newly announced headliners Kiss will be performing their final show in Belgium at the festival, as will thrash metal icons Slayer, where they will also be joined by Slash & Myles Kennedy, Cradle Of Filth, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Death Angel and Skalmold. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 21 - 23.

The current lineup is as follows:

Within Temptation (Headliner)
Slipknot (Headliner)
Kiss (Headliner)
Agnostic Front
Amon Amarth
Bleed From Within
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Cult Of Luna
Death Angel
Def Leppard
Demons & Wizards
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Grand Magus
In Flames
King Diamond
Lamb Of God
Legion Of The Damned
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Municipal Waste
No Fun At All
Orange Goblin
Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
Power Trip
Sick Of It All
Slash & Myles Kennedy
Sonata Arctica
State Champs
To The Rats And Wolves

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Graspop Announces First Batch Of Bands

The organisers of Belgium's premier metal festival Graspop Metal Meeting have announced the first fifty names for next year's edition of the event. Headlining the Friday night will be Dutch symphonic metal outfit Within Temptation, while capping off Saturday will be Iowa nine piece, Slipknot. Also performing at the festival will be Def Leppard, Whitesnake, King Diamond, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Amon Amarth, Carcass, Testament and many more. You can see the initial lineup below. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 21 - 23.

The current lineup is as follows: More...

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Guitarist Jens F. Ryland Parts Ways w/ Borknagar

Borknagar announce the exit of guitarist Jens F. Ryland from their lineup. States the band:

“Borknagar and long time guitarist Jens F. Ryland have decided to part ways. We would like to thank and salute him for all the time we shared on and off stage the past 20 yrs. The very best of luck with all future endevours!

As a sidenote, Borknagar is currently working on a new album, roughly planned for a late 2018 or early 2019 release. More info soon!”

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Arch Enemy, Triptykon,.. Feat. On 2016 "W:O:A" DVD

The official live Blu-ray/DVD Set release for last year's edition of the annual "Wacken Open Air" titled "27 Years Faster : Harder : Louder", has been scheduled for August 11th in North America via Silver Lining Music. Double disc CD and double disc DVD/Blu-ray sets are planned with footage/audio of 43 artists and 54 songs set for inclusion. You’ll hear music from Arch Enemy, Bullet for My Valentine, Borknagar, Barb Wire Dolls, Triptykon, Saxon, Metal Church, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons and Steel Panther, Axel Rudi Pell, Entombed A.D., Red Fang and Tarja Turunen, plus experience the emotional tribute to legendary Motörhead founder Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, “Born To Lose, Live To Win”.

A trailer for the Blu-ray/DVD Set can be seen below:

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Reader Poll: Vote Your Best Metal Album

Update: the staff awards are now here! Check 'em out and see who won at this location.

Our year-end awards for 2016 are nearly here as the staff just wrapped up our internal voting on the best album, performance, DVD, and metal newcomer of the year, along with a vote on our most anticipated album coming in 2017.

While awaiting our official awards ceremony later this week, we want to know: what was YOUR favorite metal album that came out this year? Cast your vote below!

In the poll we've listed out every single album that was nominated by our staff this year, but if you thought some other album should be #1 instead that's perfectly fine - just hit "Other" and type in your nominee.

Wondering why we have so many nominees? Each of our staff members nominates five albums, and we reach our winner by consensus of the album that gets the most votes, resulting in a well-rounded winner who was appreciated by a larger group of metal heads rather than just by people who prefer one sub-genre.

Since you can see who we nominated, we'd also like to know: who do you think was our ultimate winner in all the nominees? More...

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Wacken Open Air Live Stream Available

This weekend, you can stream portions of the 2016 edition of Wacken Open Air live via Arte.tv. Some of the top bands offered for streaming: Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Saxon, Testament, Eluveitie and Ministry (among others).

The live stream can be accessed at this location.

The schedule for streaming can be found below (note: all times are CET):

Thursday, August 4th:

16h50-17h35 Henry Rollins
17h40-18h05 Hämatom
18h10-19h25 Saxon
19h30-20h30 Panzerballett
20h35-21h25 Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band
21h30-23h30 Iron Maiden
23h35-00h15 Therapy?
00h15-00h45 (tba)
00h45-01h00 Born to Lose, Lived To Win (A Farewell to Lemmy Kilmister)

Friday, August 5:

16h20 17h20 Entombed A.D.
17h25-18h25 Axel Rudi Pell
18h30-19h45 Eluveitie
19h50-21h05 Bullet For My Valentine
21h10-22h25 Tarja
22h30-00h00 Blind Guardian
00h15-01h30 Ministry
01h45-03h00 Testament

Saturday, August 6th:

15h40-16h55 Borknagar
17h00-18h10 Metal Church
18h15-19h30 Therion
19h35-20h50 Steel Panther
20h55-22h10 Clutch
22h15-23h30 Triptykon
23h35-00h35 (tba)
00h40-01h55 Parkway Drive
01h55-03h10 Arch Enemy More...

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Borknagar Comments On Reaction To New Album

"Winter Thrice" (reviewed here) the 10th studio album from Norway's very own progressive / epic black metal pioneers Borknagar is out now through Century Media Records.

In the United States, "Winter Thrice" hit # 17 on the Billboard Heatseekers and #15 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. In Germany the album reached #62, in Switzerland # 90, and in Finland #44. Guitarist Jens F. checked in with a comment regarding the release:

"The first feedback on 'Winter Thrice' has been completely mind blowing to us! Our dedicated fans have made so much fuzz that we even seem to attract some new listeners, resulting in listings on album charts in several countries. Even the video for the title song is being received in a way that has us debating if we should do another one!

"We are truly inspired to act on the response and have been working for a while to set up a tour, and here we go! 12 European gigs added to the summer festivals already makes this our busiest year since 1999, and we hope to add even more. We intend to adjust our plans according to the feedback we get, so make sure your voice is heard!" More...

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Borknagar Comments On Missing Member

Borknagar has checked in with this statement about Andreas Hedlund (Vintersrog) being absent from the band's recent promo photos and music video:

"As you all saw already we made a video for 'Winter Thrice' and we made sure to grab some photos at the same time. I’ve uploaded them all to the Borknagar Flickr account, and will show some here for you also.

"We started planning the video shoot at Midgard Historical Centre at Borre sometime in September and soon agreed that we had to take the opportunity to get some band pictures in between the video takes. Twitchy Films was our first choice for the video, they also made 'The Earthling' from 'Urd.' We also approached Martine Petra about the pictures and being an old friend she agreed to help us out.

"The original plans also included Andreas and we were all very eager to meet again for laughs and drinks. It was in early October that the message came from Andreas that he was suffering from complications after his ear surgery and the doctor had given him a no-travel order. At this point we were very determined to make a video and decided to go ahead and make the best out of it. To our fortune Kris was able to join the set and with that enabled us to make a proper 'Winter Thrice' video. More...

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