Ahead of Borknagar‘s 10th studio album, Winter Thrice (out Friday, January 22, on Century Media), our own Dustin Grooms (@OldThunderMetal) chatted with guitarist Jens Fredrik Ryland about the new tunes, working with Jens Bogren, and the dangers of not checking one’s wiki! All that and much, much more in this special edition of the Nine Circles podcast, so check it out!
There’s something to be said for longevity in underground metal: As tastes change quickly and the bar is continuously raised for listeners’ thresholds for dissonance and technicality, it’s becoming increasingly harder to find bands who find a formula, stick with it, and refine it to a razor-sharp edge over time. Norway’s Borknagar have not only tread the thin line between folk-tinged progressive metal and black metal — they’ve practically made it nonexistent over 20+ years of existence. Their tenth album, Winter Thrice, feels like a retrospective of their career without crossing into nostalgia or retreading past glories and is their most satisfactory effort so far. Continue reading →
A few of us were discussing the new Borknagar video (Corey, Dustin and I specifically) and we decided it would be a blast to make this a menage-a-visions where we all weigh in on their video for “Winter Thrice” off their upcoming album of the same name. The video was Directed by David Solbjørg & Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud for Twitchy Films. It’s got a bit of live performance and some beautiful shots of snow covered plains and hills. So follow the jump for the video and some hot takes. Continue reading →