Eluveitie Posts New Album “Ategnatos” Trailer Online

We all wade through archetypes. We all ARE archetypes. Distant echoes of a life both primeval and noble. To embrace these archetypes, to accept them not only as a part of life but as life itself is what some may call enlightenment, some peace of mind. Eluveitie call it Ategnatos. And by using their longest gap between two metal albums to gather momentum, they just forged their strongest album around it. The new album, Ategnatos, will be released on April 5th via Nuclear Blast. Check out the first official video trailer below.

The band states: “Ategnatos probably became our most organic album by all accounts. It is the result of a thoroughly intuitive process, where we gave creativity full scope. And during this process quite some back-to-the-roots developments emerged in diverse aspects. Many riffs off Ategnatos reminds on the guitar work on Slania.

“Following our gut feeling we brought the mixing duties back to Jens Bogren’s Fascination Street Studios, where our Nuclear Blast debut was produced. And regarding the album artwork it soon became very clear to us, that we’d love to work with the fabulous Travis Smith (www.seempieces.com) again, who already created the front covers of our albums Spirit (14 years ago!) and Everything Remains As It Never Was. And we’re honestly excited with the result! The frontcover shows a spectacular scenery in central Switzerland, a so-called ‘vulva cave’, as it was sought to mark sacred rites of fertility and celebrations of life in ancient times! The artwork mystically and beautifully expresses the Ategnatos very core and essence! Once again it was a pleasure to work with Travis!”

Recordings of Ategnatos took place in their beloved New Sound Studio with their engineer of choice Tommy Vetterli. “Yet it was radically different as we only had four weeks to record this time around – as compared to the eight weeks we had for Origins.” By taking mixing duties to the skilled hand of renowned studio wizard Jens Bogren in his Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden, Eluveitie returned to the very spot where they mixed their now legendary Slania album more than ten years ago.

With Ategnatos, the dedicated nine-piece not only worked with a real string quartet (a premiere!) and granted Fabienne Erni’s sublime mastery of the harp the room it deserved; they also undertook a holistic upgrade resulting in some of the most catchy, most aggressive or most epic tunes the Swiss metal nobility has ever offered.

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Grand Magus Reveals New Album “Wolf God” Details

The riff gods are back! A little more than two years have passed since the great “Sword Songs” album was released, but Grand Magus can never quench their thirst for action. Accordingly, the Heavy Metal giants started to develop new songs as fast as possible after their last record.

The new album “Wolf God” will be released on April 19th, 2019 via Nuclear Blast!

“Wolf God” rises over the Heavy Metal scene majestically and lets the guitar riffs speak for themselves. The groove and heaviness that were featured on the successful predecessor can also be found on the new, ninth studio album which once again holds a number of future classics.

This stunning new cover artwork was created by acclaimed artist Anthony Roberts.

The band comments:
“For the third time, the magic skill and imagination of Anthony Roberts has given birth to the cover artwork for a Grand Magus album. This time the forest, the moon and obviously the wolf take center stage. Not just any wolf though… beware his fury. This is the WOLF GOD!”

Recorded in Sweetspot Studio in Sweden, together with producer Staffan Karlsson (Arch Enemy, Firewind, Spiritual Beggars), the corner stone was laid for another triumphal procession. As the majority of the songs were recorded on the first take, they have an honest, diverse and yet down-to-earth sound that envelops the trio’s true power.

More info coming soon. Stay tuned!

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Deadland Ritual Announces First Show In The United States

Deadland Ritual, featuring bassist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), vocalist Franky Perez (Apocalyptica, Scars On Broadway), drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), will make their US debut on May 28th at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. Tickets can be purchased from the Troubadour itself or TicketFly.

The band also announced a string of European shows, including festivals, which are as follows:

Deadland Ritual recently announced the following string of European dates in June.

June 4 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
June 5 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
June 6 – Sölvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 10 – Berlin, Germany – Kesselhaus
June 11 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
June 14-16 – Donnington, UK – Download Festival
June 17 – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
June 18 – Paris, France – Trianon
June 19 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
June 21-22 – Vitoria, Spain – Azkena Festival
June 21-23 – Clisson, France – Hellfest Festival

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Downfall Of Gaia releases third single, “Of Withering Violet Leaves”

– January 30th, 2019 –

February 8th sees Downfall Of Gaia release their new album, Ethic Of Radical Finitude! In anticipation of this release, Downfall Of Gaia have now launched the third single, “Of Withering Violet Leaves”, which can be heard at: youtu.be/_8C4tKIgCNE

Downfall Of Gaia comments: “Today we’re excited to present the third single of our upcoming album, ‘Ethic Of Radical Finitude‘! ‘Of Withering Violet Leaves’ gives another insight into our new record, showing another side of what to expect. We are extremely looking forward to share our new album with you guys very soon! Thanks for listening!”

For another preview of Ethic Of Radical Finitude, the previous singles (“As Our Bones Break To The Dance” and “We Pursue The Serpent Of Time”) can be heard at: metalblade.com/downfallofgaia – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–Hardcover Digipak-CD
–180 g black vinyl
–Dead gold marbeld vinyl (ltd. 300 – EU-exclusive)
–Grey marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–Pic-LP (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–White/Black split vinyl (ltd. 100 – Evil Greed exclusive)
–Red/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – US-exclusive)
–Clear vinyl (ltd. 100 – US-exclusive)

Ethic Of Radical Finitude is the international quartet’s most melodic, most structured and most dynamic release to date, once more building upon the epic and unique sludgy, crusty, exploratory metallic sound that has organically evolved with every release. “It combines elements from our earlier releases with the path we took on ‘Atrophy‘ (2016),” states guitarist/vocalist Dominik Goncalves dos Reis. “There are long atmospheric parts with enough time to breathe, enough time to unfold, and on the other side there are harsh and melodic blastbeats. Each song is some kind of journey, with emotional ups and downs.”

Ethic Of Radical Finitude track-listing:
1. Seduced By…
2. The Grotesque Illusion Of Being
3. We Pursue The Serpent Of Time
4. Guided Through A Starless Night
5. As Our Bones Break To The Dance
6. Of Withering Violet Leaves

Downfall Of Gaia tour dates
w/ The Ocean Collective

Mar. 13 – Stuttgart, Germany – Im Wizemann
Mar. 14 – Geneva, Switzerland – PTR/ L’Usine
Mar. 15 – Lyon, France – CCO
Mar. 16 – Toulouse, France – Rex
Mar. 17 – Marseilles, France – Les Pennes Mirabeau
Mar. 18 – Colmar, France – Le Grillen
Mar. 19 – Bethune, France – Le Poche
Mar. 20 – Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux
Mar. 21 – Limerick, Ireland – Dolan’s Warehouse
Mar. 22 – Dublin, Ireland – Voodoo Lounge
Mar. 23 – Glasgow, UK – Audio
Mar. 24 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Mar. 25 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Mar. 26 – Den Haag, Netherlands – Paard
Mar. 27 – Cologne, Germany – Club Volta*
Mar. 28 – Leipzig, Germany – Werk 2
Mar. 29 – Poznan, Poland – U Bazyla
Mar. 30 – Bremen, Germany – Tower
Mar. 31 – Hamburg, Germany – Logo
Apr. 2 – Stockholm, Sweden – Fryhuset, Klubben*
Apr. 3 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Tradgarn*
Apr. 6 – Stavangar, Norway – Folken*
Apr. 7 – Hamar, Norway – Gregers*
Apr. 8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega*
* without Downfall of Gaia

Downfall Of Gaia tour dates
w/ Mantar

Apr. 5 – Marburg, Germany – KFZ
Apr. 12 – Dortmund, Germany – Junkyard – Dortmund
Apr. 13 – Kiel, Germany – Pumpe
Apr. 20 – Koln, Germany – Essigfabrik
Apr. 21 – Rostock, Germany – Zwischenbau
Apr. 27 – Karlsruhe, Germany – Dudefest @ Jubez
Apr. 28 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Garage
Apr. 29 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
Apr. 30 – Jena, Germany – F-Haus

Downfall Of Gaia is also confirmed to play Wacken Open Air in 2019!

Downfall Of Gaia is:
Dominik Goncalves dos Reis – vocals/guitars
Anton Lisovoj – vocals/bass
Marco Mazzola – guitars
Michael Kadnar – drums

Downfall Of Gaia online:
http://downfallofgaia.com
https://www.facebook.com/DownfallofGaia
https://www.instagram.com/downfallofgaia
https://www.youtube.com/user/downfallofgaiatv

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Downfall Of Gaia releases third single, “Of Withering Violet Leaves”

– January 30th, 2019 –

February 8th sees Downfall Of Gaia release their new album, Ethic Of Radical Finitude! In anticipation of this release, Downfall Of Gaia have now launched the third single, “Of Withering Violet Leaves”, which can be heard at: youtu.be/_8C4tKIgCNE

Downfall Of Gaia comments: “Today we’re excited to present the third single of our upcoming album, ‘Ethic Of Radical Finitude‘! ‘Of Withering Violet Leaves’ gives another insight into our new record, showing another side of what to expect. We are extremely looking forward to share our new album with you guys very soon! Thanks for listening!”

For another preview of Ethic Of Radical Finitude, the previous singles (“As Our Bones Break To The Dance” and “We Pursue The Serpent Of Time”) can be heard at: metalblade.com/downfallofgaia – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–Hardcover Digipak-CD
–180 g black vinyl
–Dead gold marbeld vinyl (ltd. 300 – EU-exclusive)
–Grey marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–Pic-LP (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–White/Black split vinyl (ltd. 100 – Evil Greed exclusive)
–Red/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – US-exclusive)
–Clear vinyl (ltd. 100 – US-exclusive)

Ethic Of Radical Finitude is the international quartet’s most melodic, most structured and most dynamic release to date, once more building upon the epic and unique sludgy, crusty, exploratory metallic sound that has organically evolved with every release. “It combines elements from our earlier releases with the path we took on ‘Atrophy‘ (2016),” states guitarist/vocalist Dominik Goncalves dos Reis. “There are long atmospheric parts with enough time to breathe, enough time to unfold, and on the other side there are harsh and melodic blastbeats. Each song is some kind of journey, with emotional ups and downs.”

Ethic Of Radical Finitude track-listing:
1. Seduced By…
2. The Grotesque Illusion Of Being
3. We Pursue The Serpent Of Time
4. Guided Through A Starless Night
5. As Our Bones Break To The Dance
6. Of Withering Violet Leaves

Downfall Of Gaia tour dates
w/ The Ocean Collective

Mar. 13 – Stuttgart, Germany – Im Wizemann
Mar. 14 – Geneva, Switzerland – PTR/ L’Usine
Mar. 15 – Lyon, France – CCO
Mar. 16 – Toulouse, France – Rex
Mar. 17 – Marseilles, France – Les Pennes Mirabeau
Mar. 18 – Colmar, France – Le Grillen
Mar. 19 – Bethune, France – Le Poche
Mar. 20 – Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux
Mar. 21 – Limerick, Ireland – Dolan’s Warehouse
Mar. 22 – Dublin, Ireland – Voodoo Lounge
Mar. 23 – Glasgow, UK – Audio
Mar. 24 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Mar. 25 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Mar. 26 – Den Haag, Netherlands – Paard
Mar. 27 – Cologne, Germany – Club Volta*
Mar. 28 – Leipzig, Germany – Werk 2
Mar. 29 – Poznan, Poland – U Bazyla
Mar. 30 – Bremen, Germany – Tower
Mar. 31 – Hamburg, Germany – Logo
Apr. 2 – Stockholm, Sweden – Fryhuset, Klubben*
Apr. 3 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Tradgarn*
Apr. 6 – Stavangar, Norway – Folken*
Apr. 7 – Hamar, Norway – Gregers*
Apr. 8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega*
* without Downfall of Gaia

Downfall Of Gaia tour dates
w/ Mantar

Apr. 5 – Marburg, Germany – KFZ
Apr. 12 – Dortmund, Germany – Junkyard – Dortmund
Apr. 13 – Kiel, Germany – Pumpe
Apr. 20 – Koln, Germany – Essigfabrik
Apr. 21 – Rostock, Germany – Zwischenbau
Apr. 27 – Karlsruhe, Germany – Dudefest @ Jubez
Apr. 28 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Garage
Apr. 29 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
Apr. 30 – Jena, Germany – F-Haus

Downfall Of Gaia is also confirmed to play Wacken Open Air in 2019!

Downfall Of Gaia is:
Dominik Goncalves dos Reis – vocals/guitars
Anton Lisovoj – vocals/bass
Marco Mazzola – guitars
Michael Kadnar – drums

Downfall Of Gaia online:
http://downfallofgaia.com
https://www.facebook.com/DownfallofGaia
https://www.instagram.com/downfallofgaia
https://www.youtube.com/user/downfallofgaiatv

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Behemoth Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski Praises Mantar

With the band getting ready to head over to UK shores for a 5 date almost sold out tour, Behemoth’s Nergal sat down with us to talk about one of his favourite musical discoveries of 2018. Monstrous duo and labelmates Mantar made an impression on the frontman with their latest album The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze and in the video below, Nergal explains why they made an impact on him and how he would like to tour with them in the future.

Behemoth are hitting the road in support of their new album “I Loved You At Your Darkest” in January and February 2019. The “Ecclesia Diabolica Evropa 2019 e.v.” tour features special guests, At the Gates and Wolves in the Throne Room. Full dates rack up as follows:

Jan 10 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
Jan 11 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
Jan 13 – Vienna, Austria – Arena
Jan 15 – Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex 457
Jan 16 – Milano, Italy – Alcatraz
Jan 17 – Lyon, France – Le Transbordeur
Jan 18 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
Jan 19 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
Jan 21 – Toulouse, France – Le Bikini
Jan 22 – Paris, France – Bataclan
Jan 23 – Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle
Jan 24 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
Jan 25 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Jan 26 – Stockholm, Sweden – Annexet
Jan 29 – Helsinki, Finland – The Circus
Jan 30 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
Feb 1 – Hamburg, Germany – Grosse Freiheit 36
Feb 4 – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
Feb 6 – Bristol, UK – Motion
Feb 7 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
Feb 8 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Feb 9 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
Feb 10 – Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
Feb 11 – Glasgow, UK – QM Union

Talking about returning to UK venues in February, Nergal comments; “Albion!
It is with the utmost thrill we are announcing our triumphant return to your shores with the new music, new production and new strength! We hope to see our UK legions to join those libations and celebrate MAGICK and MUSICK with us! Hail Satan!”

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Eluveitie Reveals New Album “Ategnatos” Details

We all wade through archetypes. We all ARE archetypes. Distant echoes of a life both primeval and noble. To embrace these archetypes, to accept them not only as a part of life but as life itself is what some may call enlightenment, some peace of mind. Eluveitie call it “Ategnatos.” And by using their longest gap between two Metal albums to gather momentum, they just forged their strongest album around it.

The new album “Ategnatos” will be released on April 5th 2019 via Nuclear Blast.

On an album both mystical and philosophical, Eluveitie propel mythology, pagan belief and spirituality into our modern world. “This one almost became something like a socio-critical uncovering work,” says Chrigel, “some kind of a revelation, a doomsday prophecy. Dark and severe in its atmosphere and charisma, and also occult, arcane and elitist.” The album itself is a manifesto, a fast-paced, highly dramatic and embellished work on which today’s society sees itself in the mirror of ancient Celtic mythology and knowledge. “The image, of course, is blood-curling”, Chrigel adds with a bitter grin. “At least to those with eyes to see.” Far more that a pessimistic swan song for our world, however, ‘Ategnatos’ holds the cathartic promise of renewal. “Ategnatos is the Gaulish word for ‘reborn’,” Chrigel explains. “To the sharpened mind, it points out the concealed, long forgotten key to change and renewal.” This, naturally, comes at a price. “There’s always suffering before bliss. And always darkness before light.”

A work based on archaic archetypes and the ancient concept of renewal, »Ategnatos« unfolds an elemental force to be reckoned with. “These archetypes are still within us. People didn’t change that much during the last 3000 years – and men were always just men.” No wonder the album follows a decidedly darker, monumental tone that suits them very well. Of course, Eluveitie have long found their very own trademark sound, a sonic adventure often copied but never overcome. With “Ategnatos,” the dedicated nine-piece not only worked with a real string quartet (a premiere!) and granted Fabienne Erni’s sublime mastery of the harp the room it deserved; they also undertook a holistic upgrade resulting in some of the most catchy, most aggressive or most epic tunes the Swiss Metal nobility has ever offered.

Recordings took place in their beloved New Sound Studio with their engineer of choice Tommy Vetterli. “Yet it was radically different as we only had four weeks to record this time around – as compared to the eight weeks we had for ‘Origins’.” By taking mixing duties to the skilled hand of renowned studio wizard Jens Bogren in his Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden, Eluveitie returned to the very spot where they mixed their now legendary “Slania” album more than ten years ago.

The cover artwork will be revealed on the band’s official Instagram in the next upcoming days, starting tomorrow.

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Downfall Of Gaia releases video for new single, “We Pursue The Serpent Of Time”

– January 9th, 2019 –

February 8th sees Downfall Of Gaia release their new album, Ethic Of Radical Finitude! In anticipation of this release, Downfall Of Gaia have now launched a video for the second single, “We Pursue The Serpent Of Time”, which can be viewed at: youtu.be/wlodzclp9Ek

Downfall Of Gaia comments: “Today we’re excited to share the music video for our song ‘We Pursue The Serpent Of Time’, the second new song of our upcoming album, ‘Ethic Of Radical Finitude‘! This time we’re joined by our friend Nikita Kamprad from Der Weg einer Freiheit for some guest vocals, and we hope you enjoy this collaboration as much as we do! Thanks for listening!”

For another preview of Ethic Of Radical Finitude, the first single, “As Our Bones Break To The Dance”, can be heard at: metalblade.com/downfallofgaia – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–Hardcover Digipak-CD
–180 g black vinyl
–Dead gold marbeld vinyl (ltd. 300 – EU-exclusive)
–Grey marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–Pic-LP (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–White/Black split vinyl (ltd. 100 – Evil Greed exclusive)
–Red/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – US-exclusive)
–Clear vinyl (ltd. 100 – US-exclusive)

Ethic Of Radical Finitude is the international quartet’s most melodic, most structured and most dynamic release to date, once more building upon the epic and unique sludgy, crusty, exploratory metallic sound that has organically evolved with every release. “It combines elements from our earlier releases with the path we took on ‘Atrophy‘ (2016),” states guitarist/vocalist Dominik Goncalves dos Reis. “There are long atmospheric parts with enough time to breathe, enough time to unfold, and on the other side there are harsh and melodic blastbeats. Each song is some kind of journey, with emotional ups and downs.”

Ethic Of Radical Finitude track-listing:
1. Seduced By…
2. The Grotesque Illusion Of Being
3. We Pursue The Serpent Of Time
4. Guided Through A Starless Night
5. As Our Bones Break To The Dance
6. Of Withering Violet Leaves

Downfall Of Gaia tour dates
w/ The Ocean Collective

Mar. 13 – Stuttgart, Germany – Im Wizemann
Mar. 14 – Geneva, Switzerland – PTR/ L’Usine
Mar. 15 – Lyon, France – CCO
Mar. 16 – Toulouse, France – Rex
Mar. 17 – Marseilles, France – Les Pennes Mirabeau
Mar. 18 – Colmar, France – Le Grillen
Mar. 19 – Bethune, France – Le Poche
Mar. 20 – Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux
Mar. 21 – Limerick, Ireland – Dolan’s Warehouse
Mar. 22 – Dublin, Ireland – Voodoo Lounge
Mar. 23 – Glasgow, UK – Audio
Mar. 24 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Mar. 25 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Mar. 26 – Den Haag, Netherlands – Paard
Mar. 27 – Cologne, Germany – Club Volta*
Mar. 28 – Leipzig, Germany – Werk 2
Mar. 29 – Poznan, Poland – U Bazyla
Mar. 30 – Bremen, Germany – Tower
Mar. 31 – Hamburg, Germany – Logo
Apr. 2 – Stockholm, Sweden – Fryhuset, Klubben*
Apr. 3 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Tradgarn*
Apr. 6 – Stavangar, Norway – Folken*
Apr. 7 – Hamar, Norway – Gregers*
Apr. 8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega*
*without Downfall of Gaia

Downfall Of Gaia tour dates
w/ Mantar

Apr. 5 – Marburg, Germany – KFZ
Apr. 12 – Dortmund, Germany – Junkyard – Dortmund
Apr. 13 – Kiel, Germany – Pumpe
Apr. 20 – Koln, Germany – Essigfabrik
Apr. 21 – Rostock, Germany – Zwischenbau
Apr. 27 – Karlsruhe, Germany – Dudefest @ Jubez
Apr. 28 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Garage
Apr. 29 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
Apr. 30 – Jena, Germany – F-Haus

Downfall Of Gaia is also confirmed to play Wacken Open Air in 2019!

Downfall Of Gaia is:
Dominik Goncalves dos Reis – vocals/guitars
Anton Lisovoj – vocals/bass
Marco Mazzola – guitars
Michael Kadnar – drums

Downfall Of Gaia online:
http://downfallofgaia.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DownfallofGaia
https://www.instagram.com/downfallofgaia
https://www.youtube.com/user/downfallofgaiatv

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Borknagar Reveals New Drummer; Posts Album Update

Norway’s avant-garde metallers, Borknagar, are finally back in the studio in order to record their 11th album, following up 2016’s Winter Thrice release. The new album will be once again mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio (Opeth, Kreator, Amon Amarth) in March 2019 and is expected for a worldwide release via Century Media Records in fall of 2019.

The upcoming album will also be the first to feature new drummer Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow, replacing Baard Kolstad, who has parted ways with the band on good terms, due to busy schedules, heavy touring and various other musical commitments. Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow has already recorded drums for the upcoming Borknagar album at Strand Studio in Oslo and can be seen pictured above together with Borknagar mainman Oystein G. Brun.

Øystein G. Brun comments: “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.”

Baard Kolstad comments: “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!“

Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow comments: “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!”

Borknagar live shows announced so far for 2019 are as follows:

April 26-27 – Lichtenfels, Germany – Ragnarök Festival
May 25 – Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest
June 21-23 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
August 14-17 – Falun, Sweden – Sabaton Open Air

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Borknagar Reveals New Drummer; Posts Album Update

Norway’s avant-garde metallers, Borknagar, are finally back in the studio in order to record their 11th album, following up 2016’s Winter Thrice release. The new album will be once again mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio (Opeth, Kreator, Amon Amarth) in March 2019 and is expected for a worldwide release via Century Media Records in fall of 2019.

The upcoming album will also be the first to feature new drummer Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow, replacing Baard Kolstad, who has parted ways with the band on good terms, due to busy schedules, heavy touring and various other musical commitments. Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow has already recorded drums for the upcoming Borknagar album at Strand Studio in Oslo and can be seen pictured above together with Borknagar mainman Oystein G. Brun.

Øystein G. Brun comments: “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.”

Baard Kolstad comments: “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!“

Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow comments: “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!”

Borknagar live shows announced so far for 2019 are as follows:

April 26-27 – Lichtenfels, Germany – Ragnarök Festival
May 25 – Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest
June 21-23 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
August 14-17 – Falun, Sweden – Sabaton Open Air

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