With 20 years of existence and 10 studio albums under their belt, Borknagar keeps showing why they belong to the hall of heroes of Norwegian metal. Continuing with the tradition of mixing black and folk metal they will be delivering a fresh album titled Winter Thrice that not only reflects the progression of the band, but it celebrates its past and how far they have come.
Winter Thrice is a brilliant 8 track album that showcase the passion of Borknagar, the album is melodic and progressive at times (Winter Thrice, Panorama, Erodent), but at the same time has its heavy and powerful moments (The Rhymes Of The Mountain, Cold Runs The River, When Chaos Calls). This album marks a couple of milestones for the band as is the first one that features a self-titled song for the first time, and it also features the return of Gam (Ulver), who was Borknagar‘s original vocalist on their self-titled first album (Borknagar – 1996)
There are a lot of interesting things about this album, like how well it connects with their latest album Urd (2012), but at the same time, it pushes the band’s sound forward. Borknagar has been always an experimental band that dares to break frontiers and do bust out limits, Winter Thrice doesn’t fall far from that philosophy. Even though the album has the signature of the band all over it, it defies the band’s traditional style.
To understand more about this new album, we talked with Øystein G. Brun guitar player and founder member of Borknagar about Winter Thrice, the return of Gam to vocals for this album, and their touring plans for 2016.