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