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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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  2.   The Eye of Oden
  3.   Liberated
  4.   The Human Nature
  5.   Origin
  6.   Future Reminiscence
  7.   Krigsstev
  8.   Nord Naaguak
  9.   Soul Sphere
  10.   Quintessence
  11.   Om Hundrede Aar Er Alting Glemt
  12.   Mount Regency
  13.   Winter Millennium
  14.   Witching Hour
  15.   Rivalry Of Phantoms
  16.   In a Deeper World
  17.   Icon Dreams
  18.   Noctilucent
  19.   Erodent
  20.   Sealed Chambers Of Electricty
  21.   Ruins Of The Future
  22.   Inherit the Earth
  23.   Vintervredets Sjelesagn
  24.   The View of Everlast
  25.   The Winterway
  26.   When Chaos Calls
  27.   Winter Thrice
  28.   The Rhymes of the Mountain
  29.   Wonder
  30.   The Stellar Dome
  31.   Colossus
  32.   Dauden
  33.   Nocturnal Vision
  34.   A Tale of Pagan Tongue
  35.   Oceans Rise
  36.   Roots
  37.   The Genuine Pulse
  38.   Tanker Mot Tind (Kvelding)
  39.   The Black Token
  40.   Universal
  41.   Revolt
  42.   Fields of Long Gone Presence
  43.   Cold Runs the River
  44.   The Stir of Seasons
  45.   Grains
  46.   Inner Ocean Hypothesis
  47.   Fleshflower
  48.   Ved Steingard
  49.   Terminus
  50.   My Domain
  51.   The Dawn of the End
  52.   Epochalypse
  53.   Cynosure
  54.   Circled
  55.   The Black Canvas
  56.   Relate
  57.   Cyclus
  58.   Four Element Synchronicity
  59.   The Plains of Memories
  60.   Worldwide
  61.   Svartskogs Gilde
  62.   The Presence Is Ominous
  63.   Genesis Torn
  64.   Grimskalle Trell
  65.   The Beauty of Dead Cities
  66.   Ascension of Our Fathers
  67.   Traveller
  68.   Resonance
  69.   Matter and Motion
  70.   Havoc
  71.   To Mount and Rove
  72.   Weight Of Wind
  73.   Gods of My World
  74.   The Spirit of Nature
  75.   Acclimation
  76.   For a Thousand Years To Come
  77.   Signs
  78.   Earth Imagery
  79.   Panorama
  80.   The Winter Eclipse
  81.   Inner Landscape
  82.   Reason
  83.   Fandens Allheim
  84.   The Earthling
  85.   Abrasion Tide
  86.   Embers
  87.   White
  88.   Grimland Domain
  89.   Ad Noctum
  90.   The Down of the End
  91.   Invincible
  92.   Svartskogs Glide
  93.   Hord Haagauk
  94.   The Making of Epic
  95.   Making of Universal Documentary/Desktop Images/Universal Mp3 Version/Di
  96.   Frrostrite
  97.   Age of Creation
  98.   No Name
  99.   Oceans Arise
  100.   Dominant Winds