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Borknagar was at the top of their game with Urd, and with Winter Thrice they may have gotten even better. ICS Vortex, Lars Nedlund and Vintersorg are once again on board, and the way their vocal styles – clean and harsh - complement each other is a huge part of the new Borknagar chemistry. Garm even lends his vocals to the title track. In terms of songwriting, Winter Thrice is the same majestic blend of black metal, progressive metal and folk metal (at least thematically). Like a less chaotic, more accessible Arcturus perhaps. The atmosphere is just massive on this album. It’s every bit as cold and epic as the title suggests.
Jens Bogren was once again enlisted to mix and master the album, and at this point there’s really no one better than he is at putting the finishing touches on this kind of album. Winter Thrice may be the best, most epic Borknagar album to date. Aside from the old school fans who still want a return to the Olden Domain days, it’s hard to imagine any Borknagar fan not loving this album. Winter Thrice should also satisfy fans of Leprous, Arcturus, Ihsahn and other more progressive, post-black metal bands.
Edition Notes: The deluxe edition CD release of Winter Thrice comes in a digipack and includes the bonus track “Dominant Winds” as well as a logo patch.
Personally I'd like for this band to keep moving away from the pure black metal stuff... More like the way they sound on winter thrice but I'm sure old school Borknagar fans would disagree...
Anyway, if you don't know these guys and you are into the 2000's Opeth and that kind of stuff you will like this album.
Great production by the way; instruments sound very clear
But I don't think that it's nearly as heavy as Dimmu was.
Makes me wonder if they'll ever be back again?
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Proving once again some of the best music in the world is still being made in Norway, never stagnant, always fresh with new ideas. Borknagar never disappoints!Published 4 months ago by Walter Martin
Great new music from Borknagar. I think this one is better than their last album, URDPublished 6 months ago by Peter 98
This band keeps getting better and better all the time. Not sure how that's possible.