Borknagar - Urd


8.2 | 273 votes |
Release date: 23 March 2012
Style: Melodic black metal, Progressive black metal

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01. Epochalypse
02. Roots
03. The Beauty Of Dead Cities
04. The Earthling
05. The Plains Of Memories
06. Mount Regency
07. Frostrite
08. The Winter Eclipse
09. In A Deeper World
10. Age Of Creation [bonus]
11. My Friend Of Misery [Metallica cover] [bonus]

Line-up
Andreas Hedlund - vocals
Lars Are Nedland - keyboards, vocals
Øystein Garnes Brun - guitars
Jens F. Ryland - guitars
Simen Hestnæs - bass, vocals

Session musicians:
David Kinkade - drums, percussion

Additional info
Available formats: CD, limited Digipak CD, vinyl (black 180 gr), limited vinyl (green, grey or golden 180 gr).

Produced by Borknagar.
Recorded from June to November 2011.
Drums recorded at Toproom Studios, June 2011.
Guitars recorded at Silver Soundscapes, June - July 2011.
Keyboards, effects, and synthesizers recorded at Mezzanine Studio, October 2011.
Vocals recorded at Waves Studio and Toproom Studio, October - November 2011.
Harsh vocals engineered by Mattias Marklund.
Engineered by Borknagar and Børge Finstad.
Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios - Örebro, December 2011.

Cover, layout and design by Marcelo Vasco
Photos by Örjan Fredriksson and Asgeir Mickelson.
Band photo design by Marcelo Vasco.

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30.01.2013 - 17:28
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
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In my opinion, it's Borknagar's best work since "Empiricism". This album sounds like a fruit of the alliance of five great musicians, each of them doing their best. I must admit, I see the return of ICS Vortex as very welcome - not only for his vocals and bass lines - actually, "Frostrite" is one of my favourite songs from "Urd". The others are "The Earthling", "Roots", "The Beauty Of Dead Cities" and "The Winter Eclipse".
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We are who we're afraid to be"
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22.03.2013 - 15:44
Rating: 7
musicalkaratekid
Definitely one of their best albums for me. The sound in general seems to be much more epic and ambitious than ever before yet there are also instances where they seem to go back to their black metal roots, in particular on 'Epochalypse' and 'The beauty of dead cities'. With the dreamy atmosphere of 'In a deeper world' and the harmonious yet powerful 'The earthling' Borknagar's latest album brings about various moods that are reflected very well in the instrumentation.
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29.06.2013 - 00:03
Rating: 9
doom777
Excellent album!
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19.03.2014 - 12:22
Rating: 3
Dr. Strawberry
OK, the problem is most of the time when a Black Metal band decides to add in keyboards is due to having intention to increase the dark atmosphere, sometimes keyboardist enables to replace the guitarists as the main role. I can't see the reason that this band needs a keyboardist as the role has been always acting as an accompanied role, or created childish and meaningless melodies. This is a No-No band for me !
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26.02.2015 - 14:25
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Masterchief
Its hard listen so regularly whole discography easier is when its out year by year so ... good album but what I like most was it was 80% calm vocals, not growls, I like calm vocals, its good
cover song is best
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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09.11.2015 - 01:07
Rating: 10
masterofdisguise
One of the best albums I've ever heard, and bork's best release imo...from the first seconds of epochalypse I knew I was before a true masterpiece, and all three vocalists sound awesome here, beauty of dead cities...whoa, what a track. Well, I doubt they can top this, but next album will have garm on it, so let's see...
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15.06.2016 - 19:13
TrueMetalJope
Pretty good album, but I agree with people who say that the songs aren't progressing very much after their beginning, at least not in an interesting way.
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The guitar is my sword, I'll fight 'til I die /../
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