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