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BORKNAGAR releases new album, “Urd”, New song, “Frostrite”, now available

March 27th, 2012

Borknagar on FacebookBORKNAGAR’s highly anticipated new album, Urd , is out now in Europe and North America! Having recently been voted “album of the month” in the current issues of Germany’s Metal Hammer Magazine as well as Norway’s Scream Magazine, the band would like to celebrate Urd’s release by presenting another new song off the album, “Frostrite”. To listen to “Frostrite”, featuring the returned ICS Vortex (ARCTURUS, ex-DIMMU BORGIR) on main vocals, please visit the band’s official Facebook profile and “like” to reveal this new track:
http://www.facebook.com/borknagarofficial

“Roots”, BORKNAGAR’s first single off their new album, can be heard here. The album’s artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco (www.P2RDESIGN.com), who has not only already worked on the band’s previous Universal release, but also with artists such as SOULFLY, BELPHEGOR, EINHERJER, and KEEP OF KALESSIN. Jens Bogren handled mixing duties for Urd at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KATATONIA), and the track-listing for the album is below.

BORKNAGAR Urd track-listing:
1. Epochalypse
2. Roots
3. The Beauty Of Dead Cities
4. The Earthling
5. The Plains Of Memories
6. Mount Regency
7. Frostrite
8. The Winter Eclipse
9. In A Deeper World

Urd can be purchased at CM Distro in a few different formats, including as a bundle with the CD and an exclusive shirt, so reserve your copy now!

BORKNAGAR Line-Up 2012:
Øystein G. Brun – clean & electric guitars (CRONIAN, ex-MOLESTED)
ICS Vortex – bass, clean vocals & choirs (ARCTURUS, ICS VORTEX, ex-DIMMU BORGIR)
Vintersorg – grim vocals, clean vocals & choirs (VINTERSORG, FISSION)
Jens F. Ryland – lead guitars (ICS VORTEX)
Lars A. Nedland – keys, clean vocals & choirs (SOLEFALD, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST)
Baard Kolstad – drums
*Drums and percussion on Urd were performed by David Kinkade (SOULFLY, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION).

BORKNAGAR online:
www.borknagar.com
www.myspace.com/borknagar
www.facebook.com/borknagarofficial

Century Media Records online:
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BORKNAGAR announces new drummer; “Urd” now available for pre-order

February 29th, 2012

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In the wake of the release of their upcoming album, Urd , on March 26th in Europe and in North America, Norwegian avant-garde metallers BORKNAGAR have announced a new drummer for the band’s line-up. The exceptionally talented youngster Baard Kolstad is now joining BORKNAGAR as their drummer, and he will perform his first show together with the band at this year’s Inferno Festival during April 4th-7th in Oslo, Norway (www.infernofestival.net). Kolstad’s extreme drum abilities have been proven through several YouTube clips, TV-appearances in Norway– and just recently, he won the world championship in V- Drums in Los Angeles.

In regards to Kolstad joining the band, BORKNAGAR’s mastermind Øystein G. Brun comments: “First and foremost I would like to welcome Baard into the fold, may our journey ahead become a joy able ride. We are all very excited about Baard teaming up with the band. He has proven to be an immensely talented drummer with skills and a technique that is simply breathtaking. Our first encounter was late last year when he stepped in and recorded drums for ICS VORTEX’s cover version of METALLICA’s song ‘Don’t Tread On Me’. Since then we have kept an eye on him. When we spilt with David Kinkade a bit later on, the road ahead was obvious. We are all very much looking forward to pull off the very first gigs…”

Kolstad adds : “I’m really happy for this opportunity and the fact that I have earned the respect to play with BORKNAGAR. Really looking forward to the musical adventure that the future holds and will do my best to deal with the challenge in the most respectful and creative way. Now, I just want to play!”

“Roots”, BORKNAGAR’s first single off their much anticipated new studio album, Urd, can be heard here on DecibelMagazine.com. The album’s artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco (www.P2RDESIGN.com), who has not only already worked on the band’s previous Universal release, but also with artists such as SOULFLY, BELPHEGOR, EINHERJER, and KEEP OF KALESSIN. Jens Bogren handled mixing duties for Urd at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KATATONIA), and the track-listing for the album is below.

BORKNAGAR Urd track-listing:
1. Epochalypse
2. Roots
3. The Beauty Of Dead Cities
4. The Earthling
5. The Plains Of Memories
6. Mount Regency
7. Frostrite
8. The Winter Eclipse
9. In A Deeper World

Urd can be now pre-ordered at CM Distro here in a few different formats, including as a bundle with the CD and an exclusive shirt, so reserve your copy now!

BORKNAGAR Line-Up 2012:
Øystein G. Brun – clean & electric guitars (CRONIAN, ex-MOLESTED)
ICS Vortex – bass, clean vocals & choirs (ARCTURUS, ICS VORTEX, ex-DIMMU BORGIR)
Vintersorg – grim vocals, clean vocals & choirs (VINTERSORG, FISSION)
Jens F. Ryland – lead guitars (ICS VORTEX)
Lars A. Nedland – keys, clean vocals & choirs (SOLEFALD, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST)
Baard Kolstad – drums
*Drums and percussion on Urd were performed by David Kinkade (SOULFLY, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION).

More details and information about the album’s release will be issued soon, so stay tuned!

BORKNAGAR online:
www.borknagar.com
www.myspace.com/borknagar
www.facebook.com/borknagarofficial

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BORKNAGAR launches new single; new band photo now available

February 10th, 2012
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Norwegian avantgarde metallers BORKNAGAR are now premiering their first single off their much anticipated new studio album, Urd (due out March 26th in Europe and March 27th in North America), via Decibel.com. Go check out the enthralling track “Roots” here.

BORKNAGAR’s mastermind Øystein G. Brun checked in to comment about the song:

“In regards to the depth, diversity and magnitude of our new album, ‘Urd’, it almost feels painful to slice off just a tiny bit of the bloody roast for the very first official ‘starter’. I would argue that each and every song on the new album stands on solid ground, but as usual with our music, the songs empower each other in the context of a full album.

That said, ‘Roots’ is probably the song on the album that gives you the most representative impression of ‘Urd’. Musically it contains most of the elements that framework the musical universe of BORKNAGAR, and lyrically this song is gnawing on the very spine of our lyrical tradition. Hope you enjoy this song, the first tiny glimpse into our new opus. The beast is about to be unleashed…”

The album’s artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco (www.P2RDESIGN.com), who has not only already worked on the band’s previous Universal release, but also with artists such as SOULFLY, BELPHEGOR, EINHERJER, and KEEP OF KALESSIN. The mixing duties for the album were taken care of by Jens Bogren at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KATATONIA, etc.).

The track-listing for the album is below.

Urd track-listing:
1. Epochalypse
2. Roots
3. The Beauty Of Dead Cities
4. The Earthling
5. The Plains Of Memories
6. Mount Regency
7. Frostrite
8. The Winter Eclipse
9. In A Deeper World

BORKNAGAR line-up (from left to right in band photo):
Øystein G. Brun – Clean & Electric Guitars (CRONIAN, ex-MOLESTED)
ICS Vortex – Bass, Clean Vocals & Choirs (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, ARCTURUS, ICS VORTEX)
Vintersorg – Grim Vocals, Clean Vocals & Choirs (VINTERSORG, FISSION)
Jens F. Ryland – Lead Guitars (ICS VORTEX)
Lars A. Nedland – Keys, Clean Vocals & Choirs (SOLEFALD, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST)

Drums and percussion on Urd were performed by David Kinkade (SOULFLY, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION).

BORKNAGAR Live 2012:
04.-07.04 – Oslo (Norway) – Inferno Festival / www.infernofestival.net
13.-14.04 – Lichtenfels (Germany) – Ragnarök Festival / www.ragnaroek-festival.com

More details and information about the upcoming BORKNAGAR release will be issued soon, so stay tuned!

BORKNAGAR online:
www.borknagar.com
www.myspace.com/borknagar
www.facebook.com/borknagarofficial

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BORKNAGAR completes work on new studio album; announces title and release dates

January 13th, 2012

Norwegian Avant-garde metallers BORKNAGAR have finalized mixing duties for their upcoming studio album with Jens Bogren at acclaimed Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KATATONIA, etc.) in Sweden, and they have now checked-in to announce that the long awaited new effort will be titled Urd and is to be released on March 26th, 2012 in Europe as well as March 27th, 2012 in North America via Century Media Records.

BORKNAGAR’s mastermind Øystein G. Brun has checked-in with the following message:

“Well, our new album ‘Urd’ was finished in mid-December and all in all we spent about 6 months to record, produce and mix it. In the ‘Bork-World’ this isn’t really long, but I can assure you that we have never before invested so much time, energy and effort into one single production. It has been a tough, yet inspiring ride. Since June 2011 I have constantly been working with this album, recording, editing and so forth – day and night. The same goes for my comrades, never before have we made an album where everybody in the band has been so heavily involved and dedicated as this time around. ‘Urd’ is surely the peak of our musical journey so far and we are extremely proud to have made this giant of an album! It’s massive, it’s emotional, it’s fast, it’s slow, it’s epic, and it’s progressive…all the ingredients that we have crafted our musical world on! And not to mention the ‘golden threesome’ on vocals (Vintersorg, Mr. Vortex and Lazare) really shines on this album…Do I need to say more?!”

Furthermore, he explains the album title within the band’s historical context as follows:

“Our previous album was called ‘Universal’ and where should we go after an album title with such a magnitude? Well, we decided to head back home to earth. We really wanted to get back to the core of the band, where it all started – the admiration and pondering about nature and mankind’s place therein. ‘Urd’ is the name of one of the norns that according to northern mythology stands under Yggdrasill and weaves the lifeline of mankind. ‘Urd’ is representing the past, while ‘Verdande’ is representing the present and ‘Skuld’ is representing the future. You might very well say that this is an ancient expression of what we today know as DNA. And I have always been very fascinated by the fact that parts and bits of our DNA actually derive from the very beginning of time. All living creatures are somewhat connected to the very first organic cell. That is some of the story behind the album title…”

BORKNAGAR Line-Up
Øystein G. Brun – Clean & Electric Guitars (CRONIAN, ex-MOLESTED)
Vintersorg – Grim Vocals, Clean Vocals & Choirs (VINTERSORG, FISSION)
Lars A. Nedland – Keys, Clean Vocals & Choirs (SOLEFALD, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST)
Jens F. Ryland – Lead Guitars (ICS VORTEX)
ICS Vortex – Bass, Clean Vocals & Choirs (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, ARCTURUS, ICS VORTEX)
Drums and percussion on Urd were performed by David Kinkade (SOULFLY, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION).

BORKNAGAR Live 2012
4/4-7 – Oslo (Norway) – Inferno Festival / www.infernofestival.net
4/13-14 – Lichtenfels (Germany) – Ragnarök Festival / www.ragnaroek-festival.com

More details and information about the upcoming BORKNAGAR release will be issued soon, so stay tuned!

Press opportunities for BORKNAGAR are available, so please contact nikki.law@centurymedia.com to schedule!

BORKNAGAR online:
www.borknagar.com
www.myspace.com/borknagar
www.facebook.com/borknagarofficial

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I.C.S Vortex Returns To BORKNAGAR

April 22nd, 2011

I.C.S Vortex officially announce his return to BORKNAGAR. To mark this grand cooperation between Vintersorg and ICS Vortex, Norway’s Inferno Festival is announcing that Borknagar will headline the 2012 edition with both vocalists on stage.

Over the past months, there has been a wide array of rumors and speculations about I.C.S Vortex’ involvement with Borknagar, so now it’s time for us to bring this out from the dungeons and into the plains of clarity: Vortex is back as a permanent member of Borknagar. Vortex will handle the bass as well as doing vocals together with Vintersorg.

Borknagar is confirmed to next year’s Inferno Festival, doing a rare concert with both these renowned singers on stage. You will also find the band signing autographs at this year’s Inferno (tomorrow – Saturday, April 23rd at 20:00)

ICS Vortex was reintroduced to Borknagar in 2010 after a ten-year break with his participation on Universal as guest vocalist, and also stepped up to help out the band on a tour of South America that was later canceled. After this, the rumors and speculations have been many, and here is the confirmation that so many have hoped for.

I.C.S Vortex comments: “I am chuffed and proud to be part of the Borknagar universe once again. Hailing the dawn of a new era, I lionize their splendorous glare ”

Øystein G. Brun comments: “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 exited to get another opus done with the strongest line-up BORKNAGAR has 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!“

Lars A. Nedland comments: “Vortex and Vintersorg in the same band! Can you imagine the possibilities here? Can you imagine the choirs? The vocal duels? The sheer musical potential? Let me tell you: If you are a Borknagar fan, these are exciting times.”

Vintersorg comments: “The Vortex has made a touchdown in the Borknagar camp again. It feels very inspiring just to think about starting to shape vocal lines with this in mind. Time to make some epic music!”

David Kinkade comments: ”Nothing can describe the potent amount of excitement that has been flowing through my veins since this became a reality for Borknagar. Having two of the most talented, unique and well rounded singer/ musicians that I’ve ever known….now together in the same band. The creativity behind this effort is off the chart. Be ready. Limits don’t exist.”

Jens F. Ryland comments: “What more is there to say? I can now lean back and enjoy the ride!”

Borknagar recently signed a worldwide recording deal with Century Media Records and the new album is scheduled for an early 2012 release.

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BORKNAGAR SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH CENTURY MEDIA

March 29th, 2011

The 28th of March BORKNAGAR signed a 3 album deal with Century Media Records.

BORKNAGAR is currently working on material for a new album, at this point roughly scheduled to be released in early 2012.

Øystein G. Brun comments:

” 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 CMR in Dortmund to ink a new deal with our old partners in crime. If 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 A&R) we have worked out and landed a deal that we are 110% sure will serve the future endeavors of BORKNAGAR in the best possible and most potent way. We share so much history with CMR and we are now preparing to create more musical history for the future to come- together with our friends at the Century family!”

 

Head of A&R at Century Media, Jens Preuter, comments:

“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. In case you live near by Dortmund, Germany, you can come by the Die Burg bar on Thursday, March 29 evening and party with Øystein G. Brun, Jens F. Ryland and the Century Media crew.”

 

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Borknagar – Øystein G. Brun

February 19th, 2008

Borknagar – Øystein G. Brun

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Written by Andreas Aubert

 

The Norwegian band Borknagar can easily be labelled Avantgarde. Whether speaking of the music, the lyrics or the artwork, it can be said that it is not exactly the usual cup of tea. Through it all shines a philosophical approach to life, an existential wonder. I caught up with guitarist and main songwriter/lyricist Øystein G. Brun via email, to discuss philosophy, spirituality, lyrics and the creative process. He was more than willing to explain his approach to life as a travel, and to share about its many facets.

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