Borknagar Announce New Drummer

Borknagar have welcomed Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow to the band as their new drummer. He will be taking over for Baard Kolstad, who left due to “busy schedules, heavy touring and various other musical commitments.” The group are currently working on a new album, which will be mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren in March. A fall 2019 release is expected.

Øystein G. Brun said the following:

“So, again, we are about to set sail for new musical adventures. The horizon certainly looks broader, higher and shimmers even deeper than before. We are all extremely excited about this new album and the material therein. The album derives as a natural continuation from Winter Thrice, but we’ll take a huge leap forward as well. In all facets, that is. Baard leaving the band has been known to the band for quite some while, so absolutely no drama in regards to his departure. I am truly happy for the time we shared on and off stage over the past years and wish him nothing but the best for future to come. His future is indeed bright, the young man is already a legend!

Who is the new drummer? His name is Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow and has proven to be a stunning drummer. No wonder Baard hooked us up. A few months ago, we had our first rehearsal and during the past week, we recorded the drums for the new album at Strand studio in Oslo together with engineer Marius Strand. The recording session turned out stellar. I am deeply impressed by the level of professionalism, dedication and sweaty efforts Bjørn put into this album. A drummer of world class. Mark my words.

Last but not least we are stoked to once again be able to work with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio. We will spend the next months doing the remaining recordings in various studios and eventually do the mix/master of the album at Fascination Street Studio in March 2019.

This will be grandiose, in so many ways! More information will follow shortly.”

Kolstad also commented:

“With lots of different ambitious musical projects and bands at the same time, I kind of always knew that it would come a time where I had to set some priorities. There’s nothing but good memories and great experiences and valuable moments from the time I had with BORKNAGAR. My first step into the professional rock and metal world! I already look forward to follow BORKNAGAR closely in the time to come, something I know I will, as I’m good friends with all members, last but not least the new drummer and roomie Bjørn Dugstad! He was strongly recommended by myself to be the new BORKNAGAR drummer, and I’m so happy on behalf of both him and BORKNAGAR that they ended up choosing him!

Because we only made one record in the time I was a member of BORK, it was not an easy decision to choose to not join this one as the last chapter of this journey, but again, priorities for my own bands had to lead my decision and I know it would be a perfect kick start for a new drummer to feel connected with the material in the tours to come etc. I wish them all good times to come and can’t wait to follow them further from the side!“

Rønnow added:

“I’m honoured to take over the torch after my good friend Baard in this legendary band. It’s already been an absolute pleasure working on and recording the upcoming album and I’m sure we’ll have a blast out on the road in 2019. I can’t wait to hit the stage with these guys!”

This news comes after guitarist Jens F. Ryland previously exited the band.


Borknagar Recording New Album

Borknagar have officially started the recording process for their new album. The band posted the following:

Borknagar Finish Writing New Album

It looks like Borknagar have finished the writing sessions for their new album. It is unclear when they will begin the recording process, but it is probably safe to assume they will start soon.

Borknagar Part Ways With Guitarist Jens F. Ryland

Borknagar have parted ways with guitarist Jens F. Ryland. The band said the following:

“Borknagar and long time guitarist Jens F. Ryland have decided to part ways. We would like to thank and salute him for all the time we shared on and off stage the past 20 yrs. The very best of luck with all future endevours!

As a sidenote, Borknagar is currently working on a new album, roughly planned for a late 2018 or early 2019 release. More info soon!”

Borknagar Premiere “Winter Thrice” Music Video Feat. Kristoffer Rygg

Borknagar have premiered a new video for their song “Winter Thrice,” which features guest vocals from Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver, ex-Borknagar) This song is the title track of the band’s new album which will be released on January 22.

Øystein G. Brun issued the following statement:

“Finally it’s time to present our brand new video for the song “Winter Thrice“. Being the title track for the 10th album, we wanted this to be something special. We are indeed a special band.

The song and the video features all the 4 vocalists throughout our 20 years of adventure, including Kristoffer Rygg a.k.a. Garm, who was our very first vocalist back in the days. The video was produced by the eminent team from Twitchy Films and was captured at various locations in Norway; first and foremost at the amazing Midgard Historiske Senter at Borre, but also in the furious wilderness of the wintry Telemark.

We all laid our hearts into this project, we hope that shines through!


Borknagar Premiere New Song “The Rhymes Of The Mountain”/Reveal New Album Details

Borknagar have premiered a new song titled “The Rhymes Of The Mountain.” This song is from the band’s new album, Winter Thrice, which will be released on January 22.


Winter Thrice:

01. “The Rhymes Of The Mountain”
02. “Winter Thrice”
03. “Cold Runs The River”
04. “Panorama”
05. “When Chaos Calls”
06. “Erodent”
07. “Noctilucent”
08. “Terminus”
09. “Dominant Winds” (digipak/LP bonus track)

Borknagar To Release “Winter Thrice” In January

Borknagar have revealed that their new album, “Winter Thrice,” will be released on January 22.


Øystein G. Brun said the following about the effort.

“Finally a release date for our new album is set. The album was finished back in July and it has been a painful ordeal to hold our “breath” until now. We are extremely satisfied with this album in every aspect; the songs, the production and the overall feel. We have definitely climbed yet another musical peak! Once again Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio has proven to be a true magician of sounds. He was really able to pinpoint the nerve of the music and unfold the visions that we strived for. None above, none aside – none even close!

The album title “Winter Thrice” may chime familiar in the minds of those who have followed Borknagar throughout the years. Both musically and lyrically the new album has a clear reference to the “Olden…” days of the band – in the same time as we take a huge leap into the future. Literally the title refers to the 3 continuous winters (Fimbulvinter) which ensign the downfall of the world (Ragnarok), according to northern mythology. The rest is up to YOUR very own imagination.

Last but not least: For the very first time in our career we actually have a title track on this album, named “Winter Thrice“. Along with Vintersorg, ICS Vortex and Lazare, none less than our original vocalist Fiery G. Maelstrom take on the lead vocals. It’s breath-taking, nothing more need to be said, just heard.”