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29 February 2012
Borknagar: Announce new drummer; "Urd" album formats; Pre-order links available!
Borknagar:  Announce new drummer; "Urd" album formats; Pre-order links available!
In the wake of their upcoming new album's release, Norwegian Avantgarde Metallers BORKNAGAR have announced a new drummer for the band's line-up...

The exceptionally talented youngster Baard Kolstad ( www.facebook.com/BaardKolstadOfficiall
) is joining BORKNAGAR as new drummer and he will perform his first show together with the band at this year's Inferno Festival in Norway, April 4th-7th in Oslo, Norway / www.infernofestival.net. Kolstad's extreme drum abilities have been proven through several YouTube clips, TV-appearances in Norway and just recently he won the world championship in V- Drums, in Los Angeles.

BORKNAGAR's mastermind Øystein G. Brun comments as follows: "First and foremost I would like to welcome Baard into the fold, may our journey ahead become a joy able ride. We are all very excited about Baard teaming up with the band. He has proven to be an immensely talented drummer with skills and a technique that is simply breathtaking. Our first encounter was late last year when he stepped in and recorded drums for ICS Vortex's cover version of Metallica's song "Don't Tread On Me". Since then we have kept an eye on him. When we spilt with David Kinkade a bit later on, the road ahead was obvious. We are all very much looking forward to pull off the very first gigs..."

Baard Kolstad added: "I'm really happy for this opportunity and the fact that I have earned the respect to play with BORKNAGAR. Really looking forward to the musical adventure that the future holds and will do my best to deal with the challenge in the most respectful and creative way. Now, I just want to play!"

BORKNAGAR are premiering a first promotional song off their much anticipated new studio album, "Urd", via the website of Metal Hammer (Germany). Go check out the enthralling track "Roots" here: www.metal-hammer.de

"Urd" is to be released on March 26th, 2012 in Europe and North America via Century Media Records. The album's artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco (www.P2RDESIGN.com www.P2RDESIGN.coml), who has not only already worked on the band's previous "Universal" release but also with artists such as Soulfly, Belphegor, Einherjer or Keep of Kalessin. The mixing duties for the album were taken care of by Jens Bogren at Sweden's Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, etc.).

The track listing for the album will read as follows:

BORKNAGAR - "Urd" / Tracklisting:
1. Epochalypse
2. Roots
3. The Beauty Of Dead Cities
4. The Earthling
5. The Plains Of Memories
6. Mount Regency
7. Frostrite
8. The Winter Eclipse
9. In A Deeper World

Next to the standard CD, LP (in unlimited black 180 gr. vinyl, but also in limited colored pressings of green, grey or golden 180 gr. vinyl!), a limited edition first pressing version of the album will be available in Europe as Digipak with the 2 bonus tracks "Age Of Creation" (unreleased new album sessions' track) and "My Friend Of Misery" (Metallica cover).

BORKNAGAR's "Urd" can be now pre-ordered in Europe from CM Distro in its different formats but also as bundle of the limited edition Digipak with an exclusive shirt:

Ltd. Digipak CD (+ Bonus Tracks): www.cmdistro.de
Standard CD: www.cmdistro.de
Black LP: www.cmdistro.de
Ltd. Green LP: www.cmdistro.de
Bundle Version aus Ltd. Digipak CD and T-Shirt: www.cmdistro.de

BORKNAGAR Line-Up 2012:

Øystein G. Brun - Clean & Electric Guitars (Cronian, ex Molested)
ICS Vortex - Bass, Clean Vocals & Choirs (Arcturus / ICS Vortex, ex Dimmu Borgir)
Vintersorg - Grim Vocals, Clean Vocals & Choirs (Vintersorg, Fission)
Jens F. Ryland - Lead Guitars (ICS Vortex)
Lars A. Nedland - Keys, Clean Vocals & Choirs (Solefald, ex Carpathian Forest)
Baard Kolstad - Drums

* Drums and percussion on "Urd" were performed by David Kinkade (Soulfly, ex Malevolent Creation).

More details and information about the album's release will be issued soon...

Official BORKNAGAR sites:
www.borknagar.com
www.myspace.com/borknagar
www.facebook.com/borknagarofficial