IN 1994, THE DEATH-METAL GUITARIST ØYSTEIN G. BRUN STARTED TO WORK ON A MUSICAL VISION, A VISION OF MUSICAL BOLDNESS. THUS, THE BRILLIANT AND SOPHISTICATED ANOMALY THAT IS BORKNAGAR WAS BORN.
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8,5/10 - Metal1.info
8/10 - Popmatters.com: "Borknagar have created something completely unique, and it’s time they were recognized for it."
Having always been fond of melodious atmospherics, he recruited like-minded musicians from Enslaved, Gorgoroth, Arcturus, Immortal, and Ulver with the goal of rupturing the peripheries of what was deemed "traditional" black metal.
In 2008, as the deal with Century Media Records was fulfilled, BORKNAGAR signed a deal with Norway’s INDIE RECORDINGS. Jens F. Ryland and Erik Tyr Tiwaz rejoined the ranks of BORKNAGAR. Shortly after, due to different musical ideas and goals, long time drummer Asgeir Mickelson decided to leave the band. A few months after his departure, drummer David Kinkade
(ex- Malevolent Creation, Arsis, Divine Empire) joined the band fulltime.
In February 2012, BORKNAGAR released URD through Century Media Records. The album got amazing feedback from the fans and media. Some of the highlight's where "Album of the month" in Metal Hammer Germany as well as "Album of the month" in Scream Magazine Norway. In April 2012, BORKNAGAR headlined INFERNO FESTIVAL(Nor) with a great response.