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Release date: 2000
Style: Melodic black metal


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01. Rivalry Of Phantoms
02. The Presence Is Ominous
03. The Ruins Of Future
04. Colossus
05. Inner Landscape
06. Invincible
07. Icon Dreams
08. Genesis Torn
09. Embers
10. Revolt

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Simen "ICS Vortex" Hestnæs - vocals, bass
Øystein Garnes Brun - guitar
Jens F. Ryland - guitar
Asgeir Mickelson - drums
Lars Are "Lazare" Nedland - keyboards

Additional info
Produced by Borknagar.
All songs arranged by Borknagar, 1999.
Recorded and mixed at Abyss Studio, January 2000.
Engineered by Peter Tägtgren and Lars Szöke.
Mixed by Peter Tägtgren.
Mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at Strype Audio, February 7th, 2000.
Cover design and logo redesign by Asgeir Mickelson.

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!J.O.O.E.! Top 100 Albums From 2000 Onwards  | #46
SymphonyImpaled Best Metal Albums Around!  | #61
Amo del Merol My Black Metal  | #10
CrippledReverend Top 83 Albums of 2000  | #11
Atrus LIST B  | #10
Chaosweaver My Top Albums Of 2000  | #19
hanfsud My Borknagar Album Ranking  | #2
enumaelis 25 Best 2000  | #11
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!J.O.O.E.! - 08.04.2012 at 03:34  
Rating: 9 One of my first black metal albums. Nice to reminisce, still a great record, even if that is nostalgia talking.
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.04.2012 at 03:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 08.04.2012 at 03:55

Has some BM stylish parts, but I wouldn't call it a BM album. Really great anyway.

In my mind Borknagar have always been a black metal band first and foremost. I've never bought into the progressive metal tag they get tarred with from time to time.
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.04.2012 at 04:05  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 08.04.2012 at 04:03

Ye, my opinion differs a bit. Reminds me of (modern) Enslaved. Both have some typical BM elements but the albums are just too far from BM.

Enslaved is another band who've always been black metal to me. I certainly don't call them viking metal, and neither do I call Windir viking metal either. I don't call any band viking metal really. Both (Borknagar and Enslaved) are progressive black, or something to that effect. To me anyway.
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.04.2012 at 04:08  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 08.04.2012 at 04:07

I accept.

*thumb up*
musicalkaratekid - 22.03.2013 at 23:38  
Rating: 8 An album that shows Borknagar's ever further progression from BM territory into new and unfamiliar sounds. It still has a great atmosphere as is expected from the band yet with songs as somewhat experimental as 'The presence is ominous' and 'Icon dreams' this atmosphere is made ever more epic and ambitious.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.03.2013 at 05:12  
Rating: 9 How this isn't everyone's fave Bork album is a curiosity to me.Then agin it was one of my first black-ish records ever (pretty much reiterating what I said in my first post).
M C Vice - 18.07.2014 at 10:10  
Rating: 6 Would like it more if it had better vocals. Don't think much of Vortex's harsh voice.

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