Borknagar is a band from Bergen, Norway founded in 1995 by ?ystein Garnes Brun. The band began as a black metal/viking metal band and quickly adopted a more progressive metal style after their first album. As such, the band's most known style would be that of progressive black metal, with most of their albums taking from this style. Borknagar's lyrics often deal with philosophy, paganism, nature, and the cosmos. ?ystein Brun stated once that the name was inspired by a Scottish legend about a man who climbed Lochnagar, a mountain in Scotland.
As such, the band's most known style would be that of progressive black metal, with most of their albums taking from this style. Borknagar's lyrics often deal with philosophy, paganism, nature, and the cosmos. ?ystein Brun stated once that the name was inspired by a Scottish legend about a man who climbed Lochnagar, a mountain in Scotland.
Borknagar rose out of the ashes of the Norwegian death metal band Molested when then-member ?ystein G. Brun became tired of the brutal aspects of the band's music. ?ystein formed Borknagar to explore a more melodic outlet of expression; he wrote all of the music and lyrics and gathered together an all-star group of black metal musicians to play in his band. Well-known musicians of the black metal scene (such as Infernus of Gorgoroth, Grim of Immortal and Gorgoroth, Ivar Bj?rnson from Enslaved, Garm of Ulver, Head Control System, and ex-Arcturus) joined the project, bringing immediate attention to Borknagar. The band never even recorded a demo ? they simply asked for a record contract on Malicious Records and were granted their request. Borknagar's majestic, melodic sound was instantly liked by many and received positive press attention.
Borknagar has released seven albums to date. Their self-titled debut album features lyrics in Norwegian; all subsequent albums have featured lyrics written in English by both ICS Vortex from Arcturus and Dimmu Borgir and later by current singer, Vintersorg from Otyg and his eponymous band (Vintersorg). All of the band's records (excluding the original pressing of the debut album via Malicious Records) have been released by the Century Media label. Borknagar has toured with various bands, including the well-known Cradle of Filth.
1996 - Borknagar
1997 - The Olden Domain
1998 - The Archaic Course
2000 - Quintessence
2001 - Empiricism
2004 - Epic
2006 - Origin
2010 - Universal
* Vintersorg (Andreas Hedlund) - Vocals
* ?ystein G. Brun - Guitar
* Lazare (Lars Nedland) - Keyboard
* David Kinkade - Drums
* Jens Ryland - Guitar
* Tyr (Jan Erik Tiwaz) - Bass - Session Member for Origin album
* Garm (Kristoffer Rygg) - Vocals
* ICS Vortex (Simen Hestn?s) - Vocals, Bass
* Asgeir Mickelson - Drums
* Kai Lie - Bass
* Infernus - Bass
* Ivar Bj?rnson - Keyboard
* Grim (Erik Br?dreskift) - Drums (Causa mortis: Suicide. 1969 - 1999.10.04.)