Norwegian extreme metallers BORKNAGAR will release their tenth album, “Winter Thrice”, on January 22, 2016 via Century Media. The CD was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studio in Sweden by Jens Bogren (OPETH, KREATOR, PARADISE LOST), who previously took care of mixing duties for BORKNAGAR’s 2012 album, “Urd”.
Commented BORKNAGAR founder and guitarist Øystein G. Brun: “Finally a release date for our new album is set.
“The album was finished back in July and it has been a painful ordeal to hold our ‘breath’ until now.
“We are extremely satisfied with this album in every aspect; the songs, the production and the overall feel. We have definitely climbed yet another musical peak!
“Once again, Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio has proven to be a true magician of sounds. He was really able to pinpoint the nerve of the music and unfold the visions that we strived for. None above, none aside — none even close!
“The album title ‘Winter Thrice’ may chime familiar in the minds of those who have followed BORKNAGAR throughout the years. Both musically and lyrically, the new album has a clear reference to the ‘Olden…’ days of the band — in the same time as we take a huge leap into the future. Literally, the title refers to the three continuous winters (Fimbulvinter) which ensign the downfall of the world (Ragnarok), according to northern mythology. The rest is up to YOUR very own imagination.
“Last but not least: For the very first time in our career, we actually have a title track on this album, named ‘Winter Thrice’. Along with Vintersorg, ICS Vortex and Lazare, none less than our original vocalist Fiery G. Maelstrom take on the lead vocals. It’s breathtaking, nothing more need to be said. Just heard.”
BORKNAGAR has been confirmed to appear at next year’s edition of Germany’s massive Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6, 2016.
“Urd” saw the return of ICS Vortex (ex-DIMMU BORGIR) to the band’s ranks and its touring campaign further introduced drummer prodigy Baard Kolstad (also in LEPROUS) as newest member in the band’s illustrious lineup history.