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Borknagar are a Norwegian progressive metal group whose sound combines black metal and folk metal, with lyrics centered around themes such as philosophy, nature, mythology, paganism, and the cosmos. The band was established in 1995 by Øystein G. Brun, guitarist for death metal group Molested, who was growing tired of that group's brutal sound and wanted to pursue a more melodic direction. Joining him was an all-star lineup including Garm (vocals, also of Ulver and Arcturus), Ivar Bjornson (keyboards/vocals, ex-Enslaved), Infernus (bass), and Grim (drums; also of Immortal and Gorgoroth). Not wasting any time, their self-titled debut came out early the following year on Malicious Records, who signed Borknagar based on their lineup in lieu of a demo recording. The album featured lyrics entirely in Norwegian, and was the group's most straightforward black metal release, with blasting drums and screamed vocals. The album landed Borknagar a deal with Century Media Records soon thereafter. Bassist Kai Lie replaced Infernus for their second album, The Olden Domain, in 1997; the album featured English lyrics and shifted to a more pagan/folk metal sound. The following year, Borknagar undertook a full-scale European tour in support of In Flames. With new vocalist I.C.S. Vortex (b. Simen Hestnaes) and guitarist Jens F. Ryland, Borknagar immediately jumped back into the studio to record and release 1998's progressive The Archaic Course without any breaks in between. Unfortunately, Grim died of a sleeping-pill overdose in October 1999; he was briefly replaced by Justin Greaves, followed by Asgeir Mickelson. For 2000's even more progressive Quintessence album, Vortex took over bass duties, and new keyboardist Lasare signed on. After the album's release, Vortex left the band to join Dimmu Borgir. Vintersorg (Andreas Hedlund) became the group's new vocalist, and Tyr (Jan Erik Tiwaz) joined on bass. This lineup recorded Empiricism, which was released in October 2001. The album became one of the group's most popular albums, and was nominated for major music awards in Norway. Halfway through the recording of the band's next album, Tyr left the group, and Mickelson assumed bass duties. Ryland also left the group. Despite the stripped-down lineup, the aptly titled Epic was the group's most ambitious work to date, and the 2004 album was another success. Tyr rejoined Borknagar for 2007's Origin, which was a primarily acoustic effort. The group signed to Indie Recordings at the end of the year, and Century Media released the compilation For the Elements (1996–2006) in 2008. At this point, Ryland had rejoined Borknagar, and the group was hoping for an early 2009 release for its next album. However, Asgeir left the band on good terms in May 2008, and American drummer David Kinkade joined the group. The group announced its eighth full-length, Universal, in April 2009, with a projected September release date, but the album was delayed until February 2010. Vortex provided guest vocals on the song "My Domain," and soon after, he replaced Tyr (who left again) on Borknagar's live dates before rejoining them full-time. Their deal with Indie Recordings fell through in early 2011, and they signed with Century Media again. Their Norse mythology-themed ninth album, Urd, appeared on the label in March 2012. The full-length was the last Borknagar album to include Kinkade, who left to concentrate on his role as drummer for the band Soulfly; he subsequently retired from music to devote more time to his family. Baard Kolstad became Borknagar's new drummer in February 2012. The group spent much of 2014 and 2015 recording its next album, which was set back due to injuries suffered by Vintersorg. Winter Thrice finally appeared in early 2016, and the album included a guest appearance by the group's original vocalist, Garm. ~ Mike DaRonco, Steve Huey & Paul Simpson
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  1.   Song
  2.   The Eye of Oden
  3.   Witching Hour
  4.   White
  5.   Icon Dreams
  6.   Cold Runs the River
  7.   A Tale of Pagan Tongue
  8.   Terminus
  9.   Svartskogs Gilde
  10.   Fleshflower
  11.   For a Thousand Years To Come
  12.   The Human Nature
  13.   Winter Thrice
  14.   Tanker Mot Tind (Kvelding)
  15.   Nord Naaguak
  16.   Wonder
  17.   Ruins Of The Future
  18.   The Earthling
  19.   Circled
  20.   Om Hundrede Aar Er Alting Glemt
  21.   Abrasion Tide
  22.   Fields of Long Gone Presence
  23.   Epochalypse
  24.   The Spirit of Nature
  25.   Resonance
  26.   Weight Of Wind
  27.   Origin
  28.   Inherit the Earth
  29.   Matter and Motion
  30.   Genesis Torn
  31.   Universal
  32.   The Black Canvas
  33.   Cyclus
  34.   The Dawn of the End
  35.   Worldwide
  36.   Inner Ocean Hypothesis
  37.   Ad Noctum
  38.   To Mount and Rove
  39.   Roots
  40.   Reason
  41.   The View of Everlast
  42.   Gods of My World
  43.   Ved Steingard
  44.   Winter Millennium
  45.   Oceans Rise
  46.   Ascension of Our Fathers
  47.   The Genuine Pulse
  48.   Sealed Chambers Of Electricty
  49.   The Down of the End
  50.   Grimskalle Trell
  51.   Traveller
  52.   The Winter Eclipse
  53.   Fandens Allheim
  54.   When Chaos Calls
  55.   Panorama
  56.   The Rhymes of the Mountain
  57.   The Plains of Memories
  58.   The Stir of Seasons
  59.   My Domain
  60.   Earth Imagery
  61.   Cynosure
  62.   Liberated
  63.   The Stellar Dome
  64.   Embers
  65.   Colossus
  66.   Rivalry Of Phantoms
  67.   The Presence Is Ominous
  68.   In a Deeper World
  69.   The Beauty of Dead Cities
  70.   The Winterway
  71.   Four Element Synchronicity
  72.   Havoc
  73.   Relate
  74.   Acclimation
  75.   Dauden
  76.   Inner Landscape
  77.   Revolt
  78.   Signs
  79.   Grimland Domain
  80.   Grains
  81.   Krigsstev
  82.   Invincible
  83.   Future Reminiscence
  84.   Erodent
  85.   Vintervredets Sjelesagn
  86.   Soul Sphere
  87.   Mount Regency
  88.   The Black Token
  89.   Quintessence
  90.   Nocturnal Vision
  91.   Noctilucent