it’s been 14 years since Øystein G. Brun decided to give life to a bold project later called Borknagar, a band that took influences from black metal, progressive metal, folk metal, and created something unique that don’t fall on any of those sub-genres. Borknagar is a band that has been constant on their musical journey by producing albums that somehow always tops their last. URD their new album is not the exception to that rule.
The album opens with Age Of Creation a melodic but folky song that plays well the mixing of growling and clean vocals. Epochalypse from the beginning is a track that tells you that I.C.S Vortex is back full-time on Borknagar, his voice and bass guitar gives an incredible melodic heaviness to this track in particular. Frosrite is an epic song that has a lot of folk/melodic black metal influences on it, and the guitar work of Øystein is just so good to describe on words. In A Deeper World a more traditional Borknagar song, very dark and melodic. Mount Regency is a bombastic, atmospheric track, and very fast that would make you head bang non stop to it. My Friend Of Misery a Metallica cover made Borknagar style, lots of atmospheric effects and the growling voices put it on a different level.
URD continues with Roots a very complex song full of progressive and black metal elements that the band takes and blend to perfection. The Beauty Of Dead Cities is a well-balanced song, very catchy and easy to enjoy. The Earthling and The Plains Of Memory are the softest songs on the album, a bit dark that remind me to old Opeth & Katatonia. URD closes with The Winter Eclipse and excellent title to close this album, a very fast passed song that gives balance to the album.
Overall URD presents itself as one of the best Borknagar albums to date, it has the experience of seasoned musicians and the influences of different metal sub genres, plus the referenced lyrics about nature and norse mythology made more worth it.
3. The Beauty Of Dead Cities
4. The Earthling
5. The Plains Of Memories
6. Mount Regency
8. The Winter Eclipse
9. In A Deeper World