Borknagar-Urd-2012-BERC

Borknagar-Urd-2012-BERC
/:: Artist :: Borknagar ::\
:: Album :: Urd ::
:: Year :: 2012 ::
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:: . Genre :: Metal Source :: CDDA . ::
:: Label :: Century Media R.date :: 24.03.2012 ::
_::__ Cat.nr. :: 9981708 Size :: 131,7 MB __::_
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/: Encoder :: LAME 3.98.4 -V0 :\
..: Bitrate :: avg. 279kbps : .
. Quality :: 44,1kHz/Joint-Stereo .
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:: 01. Epochalypse 06:07 ::
:: 02. Roots 05:55 ::
:: 03. The Beauty of Dead Cities 04:15 ::
:: 04. The Earthling 06:51 ::
:: 05. The Plains of Memories 04:27 ::
:: 06. Mount Regency 06:09 ::
:: 07. Frostrite 04:50 ::
:: 08. The Winter Eclipse 08:46 ::
:: 09. In A Deeper World 05:40 ::
:: 10. Age of Creation (bonus) 06:20 ::
:: 11. My Friend of Misery (Metallica cover) (bonus) 06:20 ::
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:: Avant-garde (definition): "Those artists, writers, and ::
:: musicians whose techniques and ideas are markedly ::
:: experimental or in advance of those generally accepted." ::
:: ::
:: It's a term that BORKNAGAR fans love to toss around when ::
:: discussing the band, and with good reason. Since the ::
:: beginning of their career in 1996, ::
:: guitarist/founder/mainman Øystein G. Brun has kept one eye ::
:: on the future, constantly looking for ways to improve upon ::
:: a growing and increasingly impressive discography. With the ::
:: release of the full acoustic album "Origin" in 2006 – ::
:: capping off a decade of experimentation – BORKNAGAR made it ::
:: clear that no musical territory was taboo. It was a point ::
:: driven home with the 2010 follow-up, "Universal", an album ::
:: that went well beyond black metal criteria and reached into ::
:: the realms of '70s dynamics. Somewhere along the way, ::
:: BORKNAGAR had become a sort of 21st century Pink Floyd. ::
:: With their new album, "Urd", the band has pushed forward ::
:: once again, guaranteed to take even the most devout fan by ::
:: surprise. ::
:: ::
:: "It's been a musical journey for us since the very ::
:: beginning", says Brun. "After the release of the acoustic ::
:: effort "Origin" some of the media people were calling ::
:: "Universal" a comeback album, but it's more like we went ::
:: back to square one. So, if "Universal" was the first step ::
:: on our new musical journey, "Urd" is the next one. I think ::
:: "Universal" is a really solid album and I still like it, ::
:: but we wanted to make more out of it. We wanted to make an ::
:: album that was more diverse, with new elements in the ::
:: music. We could have done "Universal" Part 2, sure, but we ::
:: don't want to stagnate. We played to our strengths on the ::
:: new album. It's always been the nature of this band to take ::
:: a step further, and even take a step broader." ::
:: ::
:: The musical journey quite naturally continues on "Urd" - ::
:: via rollercoaster throughout the northern landscapes. At ::
:: its core the new album picks up where "Universal" left off, ::
:: but Brun wasn't shy about re-introducing the black metal ::
:: elements BORKNAGAR is known for. Nor was the band afraid of ::
:: twisting their sound with occasional symphonics, Deep ::
:: Purple-flavoured keyboards, epic vocal harmonies, and even ::
:: a wah-wah guitar solo on one track ('The Earthling'). It's ::
:: fair to say that calling BORKNAGAR black metal falls far ::
:: short of a worthy definition. ::
:: ::
:: Brun adds: "Since the second album "The Olden Domain" I've ::
:: tried to... not really distance myself from black metal, ::
:: but to make something more out of it. We have a black metal ::
:: approach on some of the new songs - with screaming vocals ::
:: or blastbeats - but it's also Pink Floyd-ish, a bit ::
:: orchestral. We want to be more than just a musical term. ::
:: There's no wah-wah pedal in black metal? Maybe so, but in ::
:: 1996 no black metal band had clean vocals, either (laughs). ::
:: No black metal band used a Hammond organ. We introduced ::
:: both of those things to our sound, and five year later ::
:: everyone was doing it. For me it's about daring to push ::
:: things just a little more than what people might expect- ::
:: without losing ourselves." ::
:: ::
:: One of the most important aspects of "Urd" is the mix, ::
:: handled this time out by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street ::
:: Studios in Sweden. Known for his work with Opeth and ::
:: Katatonia, Bogren brought everything out of the original ::
:: multi-studio production, right down to the tiniest nuance. ::
:: Brun, meanwhile, took charge of the initial production. ::
:: ::
:: "The whole procedure we had regarding this album was ::
:: brilliant", he reveals. "We recorded the different parts in ::
:: different studios, and we had the time and the resources to ::
:: do what we wanted. I didn't want to be just a musician for ::
:: this album; I wanted to implement the producer's ::
:: perspective. I wanted to produce the songs more than we had ::
:: done before. And knowing that we were doing the mixing with ::
:: Jens Bogren, I knew that he would be able to give the album ::
:: a huge sound but a very distinctive sound at the same time, ::
:: so people could hear everything going on in the music. We ::
:: had to make sure all our performances were really good ::
:: because in a Fascination Street production you hear ::
:: everything. Nothing gets buried in the mix, so we had to ::
:: play everything properly this time (laughs)". ::
:: ::
:: And Brun adds about finalizing "Urd": "The album was ::
:: finished in mid December and all in all we spent about 6 ::
:: months to record, produce and mix it. In the "Bork-World" ::
:: this isn't really long, but I can assure you that we have ::
:: never before invested so much time, energy and effort into ::
:: one single production. It has been a tough, yet inspiring ::
:: ride. Since June 2011 I have constantly been working with ::
:: this album, recording, editing and so forth – day and ::
:: night. The same goes for my comrades, never before have we ::
:: made an album where everybody in the band has been so ::
:: heavily involved and dedicated as this time around. "Urd" ::
:: is surely the peak of our musical journey so far and we are ::
:: extremely proud to have made this giant of an album! It's ::
:: massive, it's emotional, it's fast, it's slow, it's epic, ::
:: and it's progressive - all the ingredients that we have ::
:: crafted our musical world on! And not to mention the ::
:: "golden threesome" on vocals (Vintersorg, Mr. Vortex and ::
:: Lazare) really shines on this album - ". ::
:: ::
:: Indeed, one of deadliest weapons on "Urd" is BORKNAGAR's ::
:: ability to add surprising, interchanging colouring and ::
:: flavour to the songs by having not less than three very ::
:: gifted and distinguishable vocalists within their current ::
:: line-up. Next to frontman Vintersorg (who carries the main ::
:: vocal duties since 2001's "Empiricism" album), it's the ::
:: input by keyboardist Lars A. Nedland (a.k.a. "Lazare", ::
:: Solefald) and recently returned bass-player ICS Vortex ::
:: (Arcturus, ex Dimmu Borgir) - who actually used to handle ::
:: main vocals on the albums "The Archaic Course" (1998) and ::
:: "Quintessence" (2000) - that lifts this release up to a ::
:: whole new level of musical diversity and depth. ::
:: ::
:: The new album's title ("Urd") is explained within the ::
:: band's historical context as follows: "Our previous album ::
:: was called "Universal" and where should we go after an ::
:: album title with such a magnitude? Well, we decided to head ::
:: back home to earth. We really wanted to get back to the ::
:: core of the band, where it all started – the admiration and ::
:: pondering about nature and mankind's place therein. "Urd" ::
:: is the name of one of the norns that according to northern ::
:: mythology stands under Yggdrasill and weaves the lifeline ::
:: of mankind. "Urd" is representing the past, while ::
:: "Verdande" is representing the present and "Skuld" is ::
:: representing the future. You might very well say that this ::
:: is an ancient expression of what we today know as DNA. And ::
:: I have always been very fascinated by the fact that parts ::
:: and bits of our DNA actually derive from the very beginning ::
:: of time. All living creatures are somewhat connected to the ::
:: very first organic cell. That is some of the story behind ::
:: the album title- portrayed within the framework of the ::
:: Bork- universe - ". ::
:: ::
:: Brun sums "Urd" up as simply as he can; not an easy task ::
:: given the depth and scope of a monstrous album: "It feels ::
:: way more professional somehow, more mature. It's very ::
:: satisfying to listen to because it correlates with my ::
:: skills, my age, and my history as a musician. It feels like ::
:: the perfect record at the perfect time. And I am pretty ::
:: sure my bandmates feel just the same, as we all gave this ::
:: one 100% of our skills, dedication and effort." ::