Borknagar

Members of Borknagar: Andreas Hedlund, Asgeir Mickelson, Øystein G. Brun, Erik Brødreskift, Ivar Bjørnson, Jens F. Ryland, Kristoffer Rygg, Lars Nedland, Roger Tiegs, Simen Hestnæs, Tyr (5)
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Discography of Borknagar:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Borknagar 10 Audio 1996-08-03 Malicious Records
2 The Olden Domain 8 Audio Century Media
3 Borknagar 10 Audio 1996 Malicious Records
4 Untitled 4 Audio 2001 Century Media
5 Borknagar 10 Audio 1996 Mystic Production
6 Epic 14 Audio 2004 Century Media
7 Borknagar 10 Audio 2004 Displeased Records
8 The Archaic Course 8 Audio 1998-10-26 Century Media
9 Empiricism 10 Audio 2004 Фоно
10 Origin 9 Audio 2006-10-30 Century Media
11 Borknagar 10 Audio 1999 Century Black
12 Empiricism 10 Audio 2001 Century Media
13 Borknagar 10 Audio 2004 Displeased Records
14 Quintessence 10 Audio 2000 Century Media
15 Epic 12 Audio 2004 Century Media
16 The Olden Domain 8 Audio 2002 Displeased Records
17 The Archaic Course 8 Audio 2003 Displeased Records
18 The Olden Domain 8 Audio 1997 Century Media
19 Borknagar 10 Audio 1996 Malicious Records
20 Empiricism 10 Audio 2001 Century Media
21 Empiricism 10 Audio 2001-10-22 Century Media
22 The Olden Domain 8 Audio 1997 Century Black
23 The Archaic Course 8 Audio 1998 Century Media
24 Quintessence 10 Audio 2000 Century Media
25 Universal 9 Audio 2010-02-22 Indie Recordings
26 Universal 8 Audio 2010-02-22 Indie Recordings
27 The Olden Domain 8 Audio 2004 Фоно
28 Universal 16 Audio 2010-02-22 Indie Recordings
29 The Archaic Course 8 Audio 2004 Фоно
30 Epic 12 Audio 2004 Фоно
31 The Archaic Course 8 Audio 1998 Century Media
32 Universal 11 Audio 2010-02-22 Indie Recordings
33 The Archaic Course 8 Audio 1998 Metal Mind Records
34 The Olden Domain 8 Audio 2010 Back On Black
35 Quintessence 10 Audio 2010 Back On Black
36 Empiricism 10 Audio 2001-10-22 Century Media
37 The Olden Domain 8 Audio 1997 Metal Mind Records
38 The Olden Domain 8 Audio Black Metal Attack Records
39 Epic 12 Audio 2004 Century Media
40 Urd 9 Audio 2012-03-26 Century Media
41 Urd 12 Audio 2012-03-26 Century Media
42 MP3 Collection 111 Audio 2004 MP3SERVICE
43 Urd 9 Audio 2012-03-26 Century Media
44 Urd 9 Audio 2012-04-04 Century Media
45 For The Elements 1996-2006 15 Audio 2008 Century Media
46 Empiricism 10 Audio 2001 Century Media (2)
47 Urd 11 Audio 2012 Century Media
48 Borknagar 10 Audio 2012 Not On Label
49 Borknagar 10 Audio 2012-10-15 Hammerheart Records
50 Borknagar 10 Audio 1996 Malicious Records


In 1994, the death-metal guitarist Øystein G. Brun started to work on a musical vision, a vision of musical boldness. Having always been fond of melodious atmospherics, he recruited like-minded musicians from Enslaved, Gorgoroth, Arcturus, Immortal, and Ulver with the goal of rupturing the peripheries of what was deemed “traditional” black metal. Thus, the brilliant and sophisticated anomaly that is BORKNAGAR was born.

In 1996, after the release of their first self-titled album on Malicious Records, the band signed with Century Media and released The Olden Domain in 1997. Very much to fans and critics alike and earning them a 1998 European tour supporting In Flames.

In August 1998 they went back to the studio to record The Archaic Course which featured the new members, Jens F. Ryland on guitar and Simen Hestnæs a.k.a. I.C.S. Vortex on vocals (former bassist and backing vocalist for Dimmu Borgir). Following an incredible performance at the 1998 Wacken Open Air Festival, drummer Grim and bassist Kai Lie exited the band before they embarked on their 1998 tour with Cradle of Filth, Napalm Death and Krisiun, bringing in Justin Greaves on drums and assigning Vortex to additional duties on bass. In May of 1999, BORKNAGAR (joined by ex-Cradle Of Filth and ex- Dimmu Borgir drummer Nick Barker) pillaged through North America on the now legendary Kings Of Terror Tour with Emperor, Witchery, Peccatum & Divine Empire, adding yet another epic chapter in the band’s career.

BORKNAGAR entered Sweden’s famed Abyss Studios in January 2000 to record the material that would become their fourth album Quintessence, adding to their ranks drummer Asgeir Mickelson and Solefald’s keyboardist Lars A. Nedland. Quintessence was one of the year’s most creatively inspiring extreme metal releases and was nominated for the Norwegian national Alarm prize. Simen Hestnæs relinquished ties to the band to concentrate on his duties with Dimmu Borgir, and the Swede Vintersorg joined the band. Erik Tyr Tiwaz (session and touring bassist for Emperor and Satyricon) was invited to contribute his unique talents while Lars continued to diligently divide his time between Solefald and BORKNAGAR.

In October 2001, one of BORKNAGAR`s best selling records, Empiricism, was released. The album was nominated for two prestigious awards in Norway, the National Grammy Award and again the Alarm prize. In 2004 BORKNAGAR finished the 6th album EPIC. Prior to the recording of the album Jens F.

Ryland and Erik Tyr Tiwaz decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. The album turned out to be one of the most ambitious albums the band had done, an album where the horizon and the sky was barely the limit. The album entered the national charts in Norway and received a great response

worldwide. In 2006, BORKNAGAR did the last record Origin for their long-time label Century Media Records. This album was recorded entirely acoustic and contrary to the predecessor, this album was all about getting back to the very basics in BORKNAGARs musical universe. The album marked an end

of a musical journey. As a musical testimony of the years that passed, Century Media Records released a “best of” CD with a suitable title For the Elements 1996-2006 in 2008.

In 2008, as the deal with Century Media Records was fulfilled, BORKNAGAR signed a deal with Norway’s INDIE RECORDINGS. Jens F. Ryland and Erik Tyr Tiwaz rejoined the ranks of BORKNAGAR. Shortly after, due to different musical ideas and goals, long time drummer Asgeir Mickelson decided

to leave the band. A few months after his departure, drummer David Kinkade (ex- Malevolent Creation, Arsis, Divine Empire) joined the band fulltime.

In 2010, Borknagar released Universal featuring a guest appearance by I.C.S. Vortex on the track “My Domain”. The album was highly acclaimed worldwide and earned the band very good reviews in important magazines like Metal Hammer, Rock Hard and Scream Magazine. Soon after, Borknagar

and Erik Tiwaz mutually parted ways and it was announced that I.C.S. Vortex would return to the band for live dates. I.C.S is now a full time member of the band, handling bass and vocals aside with Vintersorg.

In early 2011, Borknagar reunited with their long partners in crime and signed a 3 album deal with Century Media Records.

Current members:

Øystein G. Brun – guitar (1995–present)

Jens F. Ryland – guitar (1997–2003, 2007–present)

ICS Vortex – vocals, bass (1997–2000, 2010–present)

Lars A. Nedland – keyboard, backing vocals (1999–present)

Vintersorg – vocals (2000–present)

Baard Kolstad – drums (2012–present)

Former members:

Ivar Bjørnson – keyboard (1995–1998)

Erik "Grim" Brødreskift – drums (1995–1998)

Kristoffer "Garm" Rygg – vocals (1995–1997)

Infernus – bass (1995–1996)

Kai Lie – bass (1996–1998)

Justin Greaves – drums (1998–1999)

Asgeir Mickelson – drums (1999–2008; also bass guitar and some guitar parts on Epic)

Tyr – bass guitar (2000–2003, 2006–2010)

David Kinkade – drums (2008-2011)


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