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Borknagar

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Bergen, Norway (1995 – present)

Borknagar is a band from Bergen, Norway founded in 1995 by Øystein Garnes Brun. The band began as a / band and quickly adopted a more style after their first album.

As such, the band’s most known style would be that of , with most of their albums taking from this style. Borknagar’s lyrics often deal with philosophy, paganism, nature, and the cosmos. Øystein Brun stated once that the name was inspired by a Scottish legend about a man who climbed Lochnagar, a mountain in Scotland.

Borknagar rose out of the ashes of the Norwegian death metal band Molested when then-member Øystein G. Brun became tired of the brutal aspects of the band’s music. Øystein formed Borknagar to explore a more melodic outlet of expression; he wrote all of the music and lyrics and gathered together an all-star group of black metal musicians to play in his band. Well-known musicians of the black metal scene (such as Infernus of Gorgoroth, Grim of Immortal and Gorgoroth, Ivar Bjørnson from Enslaved, Garm of Ulver, Head Control System, and ex-Arcturus) joined the project, bringing immediate attention to Borknagar. The band never even recorded a demo – they simply asked for a record contract on Malicious Records and were granted their request. Borknagar’s majestic, melodic sound was instantly liked by many and received positive press attention.

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