Borknagar - Winter Thrice

Latest Album on 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl with Bonus Track

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Winter Thrice is the tenth studio album by Norwegian progressive black metal band Borknagar, released in January 2016 by Century Media Records.

Borknagar have always been synonymous with creativity, and Winter Thrice proves that even after 20 years, their well of inspiration is far from dry. With more clean vocals used than in their previous work, the melodious aspects of the music come to the fore, whilst harsher vocals serve to add balance to the melodies, rather than to dominate the album, a direction obvious from the very first song, The Rhymes Of The Mountain.

Tempo changes are masterfully executed, flawlessly swinging from tumultuous passages to soothing lilted sections in the single beat of a heart. This style is continued on the title song Winter Thrice, weaving ethereal melodies into a swirling miasma of sound.

Things take on a darker edge in Cold Runs The River, with Borknagar's Black Metal past coming floating to the surface of the music. This stands in stark contrast to the keyboard solo on Panorama, which hits you like a blast from the past, infusing the song with an almost Synthie Pop feel.

At the pinnacle of the album we have When Chaos Calls, a song that sweeps you away with its stormy onslaught, gradually building up the atmosphere for its successor Erodent. The penultimate song Noctilucent on the other hand takes the tempo down again, with vocal harmonies that weave back and forth like winds whispering though forest leaves. This tranquillity is soon shattered by Terminus, perhaps the ultimate end to Winter Thrice. Strong, striking, and passionate, this is a hard-hitting song that lingers in your memory long after the album has come to its end.

Winter Thrice presents a rich tapestry of songs. The eight songs on Winter Thrice each add a unique flavour to the album, which combined with pristine production makes an excellent album. Having set out to break musical boundaries, Borknagar have certainly done so with Winter Thrice, taking their evolution forward in leaps and bounds. It certainly is an impressive feat to have simultaneously progressed forward musically whilst still paying tribute not only to the band's own roots, but to those of the Rock and Metal's origins in general.

This double LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with a bonus track is pressed in Europe.








The Rhymes Of The Mountain



Winter Thrice



Cold Runs The River






When Chaos Calls












Dominant Winds (Bonus Track)


SKU 888751752214
Record Label Century Media Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number 88875175221
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 21 January 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 21 January 2016
Barcode # 888751752214
Shipping Weight 0.5900kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Latest 10th Studio Album, Limited Edition Double Album 2LP on 180 Gram Vinyl with Gatefold Sleeve with Bonus Track
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Hard Rock / Metal
Genre Black Metal

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