After some selected festival shows this year, Norwegian post-black metallers Borknagar continue to promote their current and much acclaimed studio album release, Urd. The band has announced their first ever headlining tour in Europe for March 2014. The tour is part of Niflheim Festival tours and will be the first time Borknagar tour in Europe since 1998 and their first real tour since 1999. The tour will also feature support bands Månegarm, Ereb Altor and Shade Empire.
BORKNAGAR, MANEGARM, EREB ALTOR, SHADE EMPIRE:
Niflheim Festival Tour 2014 – The Winter Eclipse
07.03.2014 Erfurt (Germany) – From Hell
08.03.2014 Oberhausen (Germany) – Helvete
09.03.2014 Wroclaw (Poland) – Alibi
10.03.2014 Berlin (Germany) – K17
11.03.2014 Budapest (Hungary) – Dürer Kert
12.03.2014 Montecchio Maggiore (Italy) – E20 Underground
13.03.2014 Rome (Italy) – Traffic
14.03.2014 Romagnano Sesia (Italy) – Rock’n’roll Arena
15.03.2014 Zürich (Switzerland) – Dynamo
During the past decade Borknagar have only appeared live a dozen times, mostly visiting festivals like Wacken, Inferno and this summer, Brutal Assault. Before that Borknagar did several full-length tours, first time in Europe in 1998 as support for In Flames, second tour in 1998 as support for Cradle of Filth and Napalm Death. This was followed up with a North America tour in summer 1999 as support for Emperor. Borknagar stopped touring after the release of the album Empiricism in 2001 and focused on recording, resulting in 4 more studio albums. Now, the band announces that time has come to set out and meet the audience again.
“This is very exciting, verging on surreal. I have always wanted to play more live with the guys and after 15 years we are finally doing something that involves more than a weekend. This is all thanks to the enormous support we get from our audience all over the world, such motivation is priceless!” – Jens F. Ryland / Borknagar
”See you all out in the battlefield in a few months. Really looking forward to this ride with my fellow gunslingers! Hope to see you all! And hey, show us what you got Europe! Cheers!!” – Øystein G. Brun / Borknagar
Additionally, Borknagar have been confirmed to appear on the following festival events in 2014:
24.01.2014 Stavanger (Norway) – Folken / Hostile Terrortory
25.04.2013 Lichtenfels (Germany) – Stadthalle / Ragnarök Festival
20.-26.07.2014 Tolmin (Slovenia) – Metal Days http://metaldays.net
Borknagar released their latest album Urd in March 2012, marking the 9th studio release in the band’s 18-year career. The album saw the return of ICS Vortex (ex-Dimmu Borgir) to the band’s ranks and the release was supported with a rare concert appearance headlining the Inferno Festival in Oslo / Norway, also introducing Baard Kolstad as the band’s new drummer. Borknagar then also appeared at Brutal Assault Festival the in Czech Republic in August 2013 and introduced Pål “Athera” Mathiesen as stand-in vocalist for Vintersorg.
The album’s artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco (www.P2RDESIGN.com), who has not only already worked on the band’s previous Universal release but also with artists such as Soulfly, Belphegor, Einherjer or Keep of Kalessin. The mixing duties for the album were taken care of by Jens Bogren at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, etc.).
A promotional video clip of the song “The Earthling” off Urd can be seen below:
Also check out the track “Roots” off Urd:
Borknagar’s Urd can still be ordered in Europe from CM Distro in its different formats as follows:
Ltd. Digipak CD (+ Bonus Tracks): http://www.cmdistro.de/Item/Borknagar_-_Urd_-Ltd-_Edition-/1163
Standard CD: http://www.cmdistro.de/Item/Borknagar_-_Urd/1164
Black LP (Unlimited): http://www.cmdistro.de/Item/Borknagar_-_Urd_-black_LP-/1165
Ltd. Green LP (Limited to 200x copies): http://www.cmdistro.de/Item/Borknagar_-_Urd_-_green_Vinyl/1172
Bundle version of Ltd. Digipak CD and T-Shirt: http://www.cmdistro.de/Item/Borknagar_-_URD_Ltd_Edt_CD_-_Shirt_-Black-/1176