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Borknagar - True North



8.5 | 367 votes |
Release date: 27 September 2019
Style: Melodic black metal, Progressive black metal

Owners:

177 have it
32 want it


01. Thunderous
02. Up North
03. The Fire That Burns
04. Lights
05. Wild Father's Heart
06. Mount Rapture
07. Into The White
08. Tidal
09. Voices
10. Wild Father's Heart [instrumental demo] [Digipak bonus]
11. Up North [demo] [Digipak bonus]

The Best Progressive Metal Album Of 2019
Top 20 albums of 2019: 8

Line-up
Lars Are Nedland - keyboards, vocals
Øystein Garnes Brun - guitars
Jostein Thomassen - guitars
Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow - drums
Simen Hestnæs - bass, vocals

Staff review by
RaduP
Rating:
N/A
No black metal band ever made the frozen north sound so fun without feeling like a parody.

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published 26.09.2019 | Comments (9)

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02.08.2019 - 16:36
HarryKawaiiDesu

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08.09.2019 - 16:34
Rating: 9
SAY10

In love with this new song. What a (pleasant) surprise....

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10.09.2019 - 01:48
Rating: 8
Harmaajoki

I have such a high expectation!!!
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Shit talking and shit taste, whatever.
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27.09.2019 - 01:14
Rating: 10
rrrno

Perfect
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27.09.2019 - 12:44
Rating: 10
EXEbeast

The album is perfect and EPIC. They exceeded every expectation I had!
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27.09.2019 - 12:45
Rating: 10
EXEbeast

Written by Harmaajoki on 10.09.2019 at 01:48

I have such a high expectation!!!

Me too, and it exceeded them! The album is amazing! Enjoy it friend o/
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27.09.2019 - 15:49
Rating: 9
Fabiano

First Borknagar album I listen to. The cover got me, I am a sucker for good covers.
This album is really above anything else that came out this year IMO, and it could easily become AOTY, time is running out.
Vocals on Up North are marvelous, that thing the drummer does on the ride too.
I like that every song has a different tempo, it is a very dinamic album.
I give it a perfect 10, I will spin it again a few times to see if it is really worth it, but it really made my day.

I would like to get into more Borknagar, which album would you guys suggest me to listen to?
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27.09.2019 - 16:11
Rating: 10
Tale

Listen to the previous one, Winter Thrice, it's also outstanding.

But I think this new one tops it, what an outstanding fucking piece of art.
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27.09.2019 - 20:51
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Tage Westerlund
Great melodic album, softer as latest one, but they had band post BM period character just more clean singing, still old band, calm melodies, true old north farts still delivers
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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27.09.2019 - 23:51
Rating: 8
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Repetitive and simple AF... ...but I love it.
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signatures = SPAM
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28.09.2019 - 17:17
Rating: 9
SAY10

Written by EXEbeast on 27.09.2019 at 12:44

The album is perfect and EPIC. They exceeded every expectation I had!


Same here!
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28.09.2019 - 23:30
Hrodebert

I need to give this a spin!
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01.10.2019 - 14:23
Rating: 8
nonZero

Very different to any kind of black metal I've listen to - much more melodic and softer, but whilst retaining the trademark feeling of coldness and meloncholy.

Overall, a surprise, but pretty damn good.

8.5/10 leaning towards an 8.
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02.10.2019 - 21:04
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Tage Westerlund
Written by nonZero on 01.10.2019 at 14:23

Very different to any kind of black metal I've listen to - much more melodic and softer, but whilst retaining the trademark feeling of coldness and meloncholy.

Overall, a surprise, but pretty damn good.

8.5/10 leaning towards a 9.


coldness and melanholy is the point if you come from place you need to be able play such music to survive.....
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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02.10.2019 - 23:14
Rating: 10
Arcesse Eum

May just be my favourite Borknagar album, and I've been a fan forever.
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As above, so below.
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04.10.2019 - 19:47
Rating: 8
Zykloncrawaxx

I really enjoyed the previous two albums and this one is at least on that level. Vortex and Nedland deliver excellent vocal performances, so much so that I barely regret Vintersorg's departure. The production and overall sound haven't really changed but both are finely crafted this time as well.

The biggest drawback is that some songs eventually begin to meander until they just kind of stop without a distinct ending. There are a lot of memorable moments but some restructuring would have helped, or a little less filler, or some more breathing room at the endings, or nearly anything else.

edit: I've had Up North stuck in my head for about a month straight. It won't leave.
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09.10.2019 - 17:28
Rating: 9
infernalius

Wow ! Just started to listening to this, and it sound amazingly!

I never had listened to Borknagar very seriously, just a random spin in a couple of tracks here and there, and never got my attention.... well, until now.

This just made my day!
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27.10.2019 - 22:05
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Based on the comments, album rating, and general acclaim from reviewers across the board, it would seem I'm in the extreme minority when I say this is awkward and laughable. I see words like "progressive" and "forward-thinking" but I'm not sure what exactly people are referring to as most of these tracks are conventionally written and formulaic, not to mention incredibly cheesy. At first I thought I was out of the loop of some meme with all these comments about it being cold and melancholic but apparently people feel a legitimate sense of northern frostbitten sadness when listening to this somehow.
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"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
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27.10.2019 - 22:32
Rating: 5
sogrom

I might be a bit biased because i hate Vortex's vocals, but it sounds like a lame cousin of Arcturus. it was progressive, but 20 years ago.
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28.10.2019 - 00:15
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Tage Westerlund
Written by sogrom on 27.10.2019 at 22:32

I might be a bit biased because i hate Vortex's vocals, but it sounds like a lame cousin of Arcturus. it was progressive, but 20 years ago.

Progressive is sound nowadays, IF you wanna progress try make country core, jazz core and tell its prog metal
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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01.11.2019 - 20:27
Rating: 5
Dum-Grishnahk

There are some good tracks on this album. I liked the ''Into The White'' for example. But I didn't get the prog side of it and some songs are really boring IMO. I can say this is not my kind..
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29.11.2019 - 15:30
Rating: 5
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.10.2019 at 22:05

incredibly cheesy.

Bingo.

This album bloooowwwws. It's like Dream Theater playing black metal after Mike Portnoy got kicked in the head.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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31.01.2020 - 17:05
Rating: 5
tintinb

This is a below average album with only a few songs like Up North, Lights and Voices sticking out. The clean vocals do not go with the harsher ones. The guitar work is uninspiring. Not good.
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Leeches everywhere.
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28.02.2020 - 20:42
Rating: 7
Reaper_Redeemer

"Up North" drew me to this band. I was bored of every other Borknagar work. This catchy-mainstream-filthy no-true-north song say it as you like, blew my brains. "Thunderous", "The Fire That Burns" and "Voices" were also noteworthy.
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18.08.2021 - 18:08
Rating: 10
Samot

I love Vintersorg Vocals.... but this albuns is another level ..... and "Up North" is the best song of Borknagar imho...... "voices" close the album with perfection!
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Um, Dois, Três, Quatro! Yeah! PORRA!!!
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