21 March 2012
Borknagar: "URD" NAMED "ALBUM OF THE MONTH" IN METAL HAMMER (GERMANY) AND SCREAM (NORWAY); "ASK THE BAND" SUBMISSIONS NOW AVAILABLE
BORKNAGAR'S "URD" NAMED "ALBUM OF THE MONTH" IN METAL HAMMER (GERMANY) AND SCREAM (NORWAY); "ASK THE BAND" SUBMISSIONS NOW AVAILABLE
The release of BORKNAGAR's highly anticipated new album, Urd , is only a few days away, and there has already been a massive positive media reaction towards the record! Amongst others, Germany's Metal Hammer Magazine as well as Norway's Scream Magazine have voted Urd as "Album of the Month" in their current issues.
BORKNAGAR's mastermind Oystein G. Brun has checked-in to comment about the amazing advance reactions, as well as the band status:
"Hey folks! Just wanted to give you all a brief status report from the BORK headquarters...
First off I would like to express our gratitude for all the amazing feedback we have got for the upcoming album. As earlier stated we're all very satisfied and proud of the new album, but the fact that this album would unleash such a massive and positive feedback came a bit as a surprise for all of us. 'Urd' recently won the 'album of the month' in Metal Hammer Germany, something we really didn't really expect being the 'unconventional' band we are. Also we won the 'album of the month' in Scream Magazine in Norway and it feels good to get that kind of recognition in our own territory. We have done numerous interviews the past weeks and what a joyful ride it is, the feedbacks are generally amazing and we can't do anything but smile.
As you can see the album comes in different version; standard jewelcase CD, limited digipak with two extra tracks and a vinyl version in black, green and gold. Reportedly some of these limited items are soon out of stock, so if interested to have an exclusive edition of the album, make sure to place you order ASAP.
On another note we are currently working on a project that we will reveal soon, we are really excited about it and hopefully it will grant an additional and worthy dimension to our expression...
Due to the massive and positive feedback, I would like to offer something back to all our fans: Fans can submit questions to the following mail address: [email protected]. The 20 first questions will be answered and launched on our sites. Please headline the mail with "Fan Question". So if there is anything you are wondering about in relation to BORKNAGAR that journalists and magazines haven't been digging into - feel free to submit your question!
Take care, folks!" - Øystein / BORKNAGAR
Here are the exact release dates for Urd by country:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / NORWAY: Friday, March 23, 2012.
NORTH AMERICA / UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, March 26, 2012.
SPAIN / ITALY: Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, March 30, 2012.
"Roots", BORKNAGAR's first single off their new album, can be heard here. The album's artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco (www.P2RDESIGN.com), who has not only already worked on the band's previous Universal release, but also with artists such as SOULFLY, BELPHEGOR, EINHERJER, and KEEP OF KALESSIN. Jens Bogren handled mixing duties for Urd at Sweden's Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KATATONIA), and the track-listing for the album is below.
BORKNAGAR Urd track-listing:
3. The Beauty Of Dead Cities
4. The Earthling
5. The Plains Of Memories
6. Mount Regency
8. The Winter Eclipse
9. In A Deeper World
Urd can be now pre-ordered at CM Distro here in a few different formats, including as a bundle with the CD and an exclusive shirt, so reserve your copy now! A limited-edition gold vinyl LP will also be available at CM Distro in the coming weeks, so check back often for its availability.
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, so stay tuned!