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Release date: 22 February 2010
Style: Melodic black metal

Rating:

7.4 | 173 votes

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39 want it


Disc I
01. Havoc
02. Reason
03. The Stir Of Seasons
04. For A Thousand Years To Come
05. Abrasion Tide
06. Fleshflower
07. Worldwide
08. My Domain [feat. I.C.S Vortex]
09. Coalition Of The Elements [limited edition bonus]
10. Loci [limited edition bonus]

Disc II [limited edition DVD]
01. Making Of Universal [documentary]
+ Desktop images
+ MP3 version of the album
+ Digital Booklet

Review
Lyrics (8)


Additional info
Guest member:
I.C.S. Vortex (Simen Hestnaes) - Vocals on "My Domain"

Available in four different formats: regular jewelcase CD, limited digipack
(including bonus disc), CD box with extras and gatefold LP with double vinyl.

Recorded and mixed at Toproom Studio in Lunner, Norway. Produced by Borknagar.

All lyrics written by Øystein G. Brun except "Reason" and "Fleshflower" lyrics
by Lars A. Nedland, "Abrasion Tide" lyrics by Vintersorg.

All music written by Øystein G. Brun except "Fleshflower" music by Lars A.
Nedland.

The album was intended to be released in the fall of 2009, but the released date
was postponed as a result of a label decision.

Staff review by
Daniell

Rating:
8.0
Borknagar is a peculiar band. Their music is too symphonic, multi-layered and ambitious to be black metal enough for the horde of tr00 kvlt kiddies. At the same time, they're too aggressive, occasionally fast-paced and noisy to be recognized by people educated enough to appreciate Borknagar's ambitious music. As a result, the band hovers somewhere in between those two groups of listeners, enjoying some popularity, but much less of it than they actually deserve, being a damn great band indeed.

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published 25.08.2010 | Comments (19)

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elekctric - 10.02.2010 at 16:22  
  I cant wait for it ... just putting that out there
Dangerboner - 22.02.2010 at 11:28  
Rating: 6 Damn, the keys/synths on this album are really fucking annoying. I prefer their two albums with Garm.
Turin Turambar - 22.02.2010 at 19:53  
Rating: 4 Album is simply boring....
Valaskjalf - 22.02.2010 at 23:49  
Rating: 6 Havent heard much of the album but it sounds like Borknagar. From the first 5 seconds of the first song you know its them so not sure why all the terrible ratings....It sounds exactly like them with a different synth sound so unless many of you never liked them before I hardly see why there would be ratings of 4/10. If you consider it boring then you probably havent liked Borknagar to start with...because thats their sound.
elven - 23.02.2010 at 03:20  
Rating: 5 They were really good in their begginings.. this album, in my opinion, is booooooooooring...
Chris Steele - 23.02.2010 at 16:32  
Rating: 8 Best Borknagar album in my opinion
elekctric - 23.02.2010 at 18:20  
  Well shit i shouldnt buy it being a Borknagar fan then right ?
Chris Steele - 23.02.2010 at 21:24  
Rating: 8
Written by elekctric on 23.02.2010 at 18:20

Well shit i shouldnt buy it being a Borknagar fan then right ?


Good idea the album isn't that bad as people say
elekctric - 24.02.2010 at 16:38  
  I know i will get it anyhow ... cant be led by the sheep ...
HellTrooper - 27.02.2010 at 15:30  
  Not bad, but not so good. Keyboards to revise.
Array - 05.03.2010 at 12:27  
Rating: 5 The album is like people shrieking at the same time without any bottom line. Production sucks and songwriting pen is not on its sharpest. Letdown.
Uirapuru - 07.03.2010 at 08:49  
Rating: 5 Bitter disappointment... One of the most expected of the year (at least to me ) was already a huge waste of time...

Of course is decent and not horrible, but thats not even close to enough. Ill follow everyone here who simply labeled this album ''BORING''.
Introspekrieg - 07.04.2010 at 11:08  
  Good album, seems people just don't like Borknagar. (Boring? ) I enjoy their style and thought it was a worthwhile listen- One of the best albums I've heard from them.
Dangerboner - 07.04.2010 at 11:13  
Rating: 6
Written by Introspekrieg on 07.04.2010 at 11:08

Good album, seems people just don't like Borknagar. (Boring? ) I enjoy their style and thought it was a worthwhile listen- One of the best albums I've heard from them.

Have you heard their first two?
Introspekrieg - 07.04.2010 at 11:14  
 
Written by Dangerboner on 07.04.2010 at 11:13

Written by Introspekrieg on 07.04.2010 at 11:08

Good album, seems people just don't like Borknagar. (Boring? ) I enjoy their style and thought it was a worthwhile listen- One of the best albums I've heard from them.

Have you heard their first two?


Nope just the later albums, I guess I should check them out.
Dangerboner - 07.04.2010 at 11:16  
Rating: 6
Written by Introspekrieg on 07.04.2010 at 11:14

Good album, seems people just don't like Borknagar. (Boring? ) I enjoy their style and thought it was a worthwhile listen-One of the best albums I've heard from them.

first two = good
Jiri - 18.04.2010 at 19:46  
Rating: 7 Garm albums rule. They have spiraled into a wash of prog rock and "black metal". Not a good combo. They can't be considered good or bad in my opinion. They are an average band riding the glory of Garm and Vortex. Vintersorg makes the band sound identical to his solo project. They should just disband due to extreme staleness.
Introspekrieg - 24.04.2010 at 08:31  
 
Written by Jiri on 18.04.2010 at 19:46

Vintersorg makes the band sound identical to his solo project.


That is partially the reason I enjoy this album so much, I may be the last person on MS who likes Vintersorg. I do like the first two Borknagar albums as well, but find it strange that people consider this band stale or boring when compared to those efforts. I think the melodies are very memorable and the production is much more dynamic, vocal layers, bizarre keyboards and all. I know that in itself doesn't make a band interesting, but there is just something about this album I find intriguing...
silenius - 05.05.2010 at 21:40  
Rating: 8 I like it, Borknagar being one of my favorite bands ever, and Vintersorg aswell, the introduction of Vintersorg-ish elements makes it great, but their old albums are better! Still, very enjoyable album.
Et Ermit - 30.05.2010 at 18:33  
 
Written by Introspekrieg on 24.04.2010 at 08:31

Written by Jiri on 18.04.2010 at 19:46

Vintersorg makes the band sound identical to his solo project.


That is partially the reason I enjoy this album so much, I may be the last person on MS who likes Vintersorg. I do like the first two Borknagar albums as well, but find it strange that people consider this band stale or boring when compared to those efforts. I think the melodies are very memorable and the production is much more dynamic, vocal layers, bizarre keyboards and all. I know that in itself doesn't make a band interesting, but there is just something about this album I find intriguing...

Oh well that's what's thinking, this sounds more like a Vintersorg album than Borknagar.
It's a good album, yet it's too smoth, just too well balanced, i think it needed some disonance or disbalance here and there.
Slyfang - 05.07.2010 at 17:58  
Rating: 8 A real grower and magnificent album. come on people, you can't expect instant gratification in music all the time..
Slyfang - 21.07.2010 at 23:15  
Rating: 8
Written by Dangerboner on 07.04.2010 at 11:16

first two = good


wrong, all = good
Dangerboner - 22.07.2010 at 05:45  
Rating: 6 Lol ok

tbh, I actually initially explained my post but I got really drunk and confused, and Introspekrieg quoted me too fast before I could edit it, so I just said fuck it and made things simple

I've never been too fond of the stuff with Vintersorg, but Universal is probably my least favorite.
dodstink - 04.08.2010 at 01:50  
  The grim and eerie atmosphere is still present, although the lack of variety in lyrics, music wise can be a problem, unfortunately.
Wyrd - 25.12.2010 at 07:01  
Rating: 7 Garm is soo overrated, This album was fine, IMO

Though, the Vortex albums wre my fav
CrippledReverend - 30.12.2010 at 01:31  
Rating: 9 Musicianship: 9
Vocal: 9
Atmosphere: 8
Melody: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 10
CD Covers: 9

Best Songs:
02. Reason
04. For A Thousand Years To Come
07. Worldwide
08. My Domain
NocturnalStalker - 27.08.2012 at 18:38  
Rating: 8 This album is nice, in my opinion, and has a lot of good moments. The only complaint I have with it is that it doesn't sound any different from the previous few albums. A little bit more of variety would be nice.

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