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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.   Embers
  4.   A Tale of Pagan Tongue
  5.   The Rhymes of the Mountain
  6.   Earth Imagery
  7.   Quintessence
  8.   Future Reminiscence
  9.   The Down of the End
  10.   Circled
  11.   The View of Everlast
  12.   The Stellar Dome
  13.   Noctilucent
  14.   Origin
  15.   Cynosure
  16.   The Plains of Memories
  17.   Grimland Domain
  18.   Mount Regency
  19.   Ad Noctum
  20.   Oceans Rise
  21.   The Black Token
  22.   Matter and Motion
  23.   Rivalry Of Phantoms
  24.   Tanker Mot Tind (Kvelding)
  25.   Epochalypse
  26.   Cold Runs the River
  27.   The Winterway
  28.   Sealed Chambers Of Electricty
  29.   The Presence Is Ominous
  30.   Fields of Long Gone Presence
  31.   Nord Naaguak
  32.   Wonder
  33.   Liberated
  34.   Four Element Synchronicity
  35.   Om Hundrede Aar Er Alting Glemt
  36.   Invincible
  37.   When Chaos Calls
  38.   Worldwide
  39.   Signs
  40.   Gods of My World
  41.   My Domain
  42.   Colossus
  43.   Winter Thrice
  44.   Reason
  45.   For a Thousand Years To Come
  46.   Revolt
  47.   Cyclus
  48.   Resonance
  49.   Winter Millennium
  50.   The Human Nature
  51.   Witching Hour
  52.   Ascension of Our Fathers
  53.   Inner Ocean Hypothesis
  54.   The Beauty of Dead Cities
  55.   Havoc
  56.   Vintervredets Sjelesagn
  57.   Inherit the Earth
  58.   Inner Landscape
  59.   The Earthling
  60.   The Stir of Seasons
  61.   Abrasion Tide
  62.   Nocturnal Vision
  63.   Panorama
  64.   White
  65.   Weight Of Wind
  66.   Dauden
  67.   In a Deeper World
  68.   Universal
  69.   Erodent
  70.   Acclimation
  71.   The Genuine Pulse
  72.   To Mount and Rove
  73.   Ruins Of The Future
  74.   The Spirit of Nature
  75.   Soul Sphere
  76.   Fandens Allheim
  77.   Fleshflower
  78.   Svartskogs Gilde
  79.   Roots
  80.   Traveller
  81.   Grains
  82.   The Dawn of the End
  83.   The Winter Eclipse
  84.   Ved Steingard
  85.   Genesis Torn
  86.   Grimskalle Trell
  87.   The Black Canvas
  88.   Icon Dreams
  89.   Relate
  90.   Krigsstev
  91.   Terminus