As was speculated, I.C.S Vortex (ex-Dimmu Borgir, ex-Arcturus) has returned to Borknagar after the departure of bassist Tyr just last week. I.C.S Vortex will be handling both bass and vocals duties for Borknagar's upcoming tour.
The band is currently working on touring plans for the future. Due to private commitments vocalist Andreas "Vintersorg" Hedlund (Vintersorg, Cronian) is unfortunately not able to join the band on the road for the moment being. Because of this, I.C.S. Vortex will step in to the fold to handle vocal and bass for upcoming live activities.
Guitarist Øystein G. Brun comments: "As stated in several interviews the last couple of month's it's our firm intention to bring the band's live activities up a notch - in respect for all our fans. There is just no way we can dismiss all the requests we get all over the world. We are currently working on some really interesting touring plans, but unfortunately our brother in music Vintersorg is not able to come along for the moment being due to private commitments. So Vortex being a previous member and always a good friend of the band, it feels great to have him back in the fold in order to execute these plans. Also, I would like to express my deepest admiration for Vintersorg's open minded and supportive attitude, embracing the idea to pull this off with Vortex in his absence- to make this a genuine and worthy solution for Borknagar."
Erik Tiwaz (aka Tyr) has parted ways with Borknagar again (he already left the band once in 2004 and re-joined in 2008).
Tiwaz has decided to leave the Norwegian melodic black metal outfit due to "general disagreements". The band insists that the split happened in a "friendly manner and with mutual respect". The band also wishes him the best of luck for future endeavours.
The opening track "Havoc" for the new Borknagar album Universal will be officially available for streaming the 29th of January at http://www.myspace.com/borknagar.
The band also announced additional info on bonus discs: the bonus disc that comes with the limited digipack edition and the CD BOX Dragon edition will include the 4 episodes of the documentary "Making of Universal", high resolution wallpapers, highquality mp3 version of the album and iTunes booklet. Universal will be released in 4 different versions: normal jewelcase, limited digipack, CD-BOX and gatefold LP with two vinyls. See here for more specific information on each item.
Borknagar's upcoming album Universal will be launched for a worldwide release the 22nd of February 2010 through Indie Recordings. Release date for USA/Canada/Mexico the 2nd of March 2010 through Indie Recordings via The End Records. More info about the album here.
Borknagar's upcoming album Universal will be launched for a worldwide release the 22nd of February 2010 through Indie Recordings.
Comment about the artwork reads as follows: "We are really proud to finally reveal the cover for Universal. It has been a long process to circle in and establish the perfect visual approach for this album. A cover that is able to visually represent the album. We firmly believe that we have achieved that with the new cover and the general designs (including CD, CDL, LP and CD BOX) represent nothing less."
Universal cover art] tracklist:
03. The Stir Of Seasons
04. For A Thousand Years To Come
05. Abrasion Tide
The following update has been posted by Borknagar guitarist Øystein Garnes Brun on the band's Myspace page:
"The title of the new Borknager 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."
Guitarist Øystein G. Brun from Norwegian black metallers Borknagar has posted the following announcement regarding the addition of drummer Dave Kinkade (Arsis, Malevolent Creation, Divine Empire, Council Of The Fallen) to the group's ranks:
"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.
"Due to the latest years evolving differences in musical ideas and visions, Asgeir Mickelson has decided to quit Borknagar. The split happens in a 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!"
Norway's Borknagar have checked in with the following message:
"We are happy to announce that Jens Ryland and Erik Tiwaz (aka Tyr) are back as permanent members of Borknagar, respectively on guitar and bass.
Jens Ryland was a long run member of the band and contributed on "The Archaic Course", "Quintessense" and "Empiricism" before he quit the band 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 on "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. I have had a few years with a quite different focus than music, and while it's been both natural and rewarding I could never leave the world of music entirely. There are some experiences you simply cannot get any other way than playing in a band, and what band suits me better than Borknagar? The band has a new drive now and what better timing for Tyr and myself to sign in. We're gonna conquer the world, but we will do it Borknagar- style!"
Indie Recordings has announced the signing of Borknagar:
It is with great pride we announce the signing of Progressive Black Metal Legends Borknagar!
Borknagar has for nearly a decade been a leading star in the Black Metal community. Like no other band they have pushed the boundaries of what is possible within the genre, and now they will once again return to the dark side - to their roots, for a darker and heavier album to be released on Indie Recordings. It is an honour to add Borknagar to our rooster.
In a press statement the band comments the signing:
"After nearly a year of negotiating deals with different labels we are now proud to finally reveal the partnership that we have settled for our next 3 albums. In late December 2007 we inked a 3 album deal with the Norwegian label Indie Recordings. After the release of ORIGIN, our 12 years and 6 albums long partnership with Century Media Records came to an end contractually. The years have been a great journey, but sometimes changes are needed to evolve and it was time for a change now. We are really exited to start working with our new partners for the next albums to come. Indie Recordings is a relatively new label, but the crucial staff behind the company has been friends and fans of the band for many years. Their genuine dedication and high level of professionalism makes us totally confident that our collaboration in the future will be prosperous in many ways; for the band, our fans and other associates. We are currently in writing mode for our next album and we are aiming for a late 2008 release. This time around we will be back on track with a massive album including all our core elements that have formed our identity through the years. For our long run fans the album might represent a surprise or two. So beware!"
The Batallion, the Bergen, Norway-based old-school Death/Thrash band consisting of members of Old Funeral, Deathcon, Borknagar and Grimfist, has just released a self-titled four-song debut EP via the Norwegian label Masculin Records on both vinyl and CD.
Members of The Batallion are:
Stud Bronson - Guitar and Vocals
Lust Kilman - Guitar
Colt Kane - Bass
Morden - Drums
For more information, including audio samples, go to this location.
A new song from Borknagar entitled 'Earth Imagery' has been posted online here. The track comes off the band's upcoming acoustic album "Origin" which will be released on October 30th through Century Media in Europe.
A message posted by Øystein G. Brun on Century Media Records Germany website reveals some interesting new facts:
"Dear fans and associates,
Having created epic metal for several years now, an idea and a vision has arisen within the Borknagar camp, and we hereby want to inform you about how it will affect our forthcoming release: The next BORKNAGAR album will be an acoustic effort based entirely on the epic and progressive aspect of the band. The recording will commence this very spring, most likely in late May, at Toproom Studio in Norway as we are planning an autumn release.
This is something we have wanted to do for many years now, and the idea has lingered within the band ever since the recording of Quintessence and a few private sessions with a grand piano and an acoustic guitar. The album will be acoustic based but largely arranged with a wide range of instruments and vocal styles. It will be recorded by the same line-up that did EPIC, and we will be working with different locations during the recording process in order to catch the sounds of different acoustic environments. Musically the album will be rather dissimilar from what we have done before, though the unique BORKNAGAR-sound will surly shine through.
Asgeir from BORKNAGAR has posted the following in the band's official forum at ultimatemetal.com:
"We have finally started working on a Borknagar DVD. However, there will probably be another studio album (meaning another epic after Epic. Duh.) before the DVD surfaces. We got lots and lots of video material from the recordings of Quintessence, Empiricism and Epic. We got all shows I've played with the band (some shows with three cameras running), and we've got a lot of stupid backstage and touring stuff. Øystein has a couple of hours from the US tour but we need more - especially bootlegs from the '90s! We are basically looking for as much video material as possible so let us know what you have! Did you smuggle a camera into a Borknagar show? Let us have a copy of it! Bootlegs are welcome!!!"
Norway's BORKNAGAR have set a June 29 European release date through Century Media Records for their sixth album, "Epic".
The follow-up to 2001's "Empiricism" was recorded and mixed at Toproom and Fagerborg Studios with producer Borge Finstad (MAYHEM, SOLEFALD). "Musically the album will take off and expand from where 'Empiricism' ended, and for those of you who liked our previous material: the new album will rock you by the root!" the band write on their web site.
"Epic" track listing:
01. Future Reminiscence (5:26)
02. Traveller (5:03)
03. Origin (4:58)
04. Sealed Chambers of Electricity (4:12)
05. The Weight of Wind (3:58)
06. Resonance (4:28)
The new album will be realeased in June or July 2004. Epic features 12 new Songs, including one instrumental track, and promises not to disappoint anyone who is into this fantastic Norwegian band. Vocals once more were done by exceptionally gifted singer Vintersorg, who released another solo album through Napalm Records a couple of weeks ago. The band parted ways with bass player Tyr in a friendly manner before recording his parts of the album. All bass parts were done by drummer Asgeir Mickelson. Last weekend the band entered the studio to start the mix of Epic.