Borknagar Information

Borknagar, a pioneering force in the Norwegian black metal and progressive metal scene, has carved a unique path with their fusion of extreme metal and progressive elements. Their history and timeline highlight their evolution from a project by Øystein G. Brun to a respected band known for their complex compositions and genre-defying sound.


  • 1995: Øystein G. Brun founds Borknagar as a solo project, aiming to create music that bridges the gap between black metal and progressive rock. The debut self-titled album is released, featuring contributions from various musicians.
  • 1997: The release of their second album, “The Olden Domain,” showcases a more refined and cohesive sound. The album’s fusion of atmospheric elements and intricate instrumentation marks a defining moment in their musical journey.
  • 1998: Borknagar releases “The Archaic Course,” which further solidifies their unique approach to music. The album’s blend of melodic black metal and progressive structures garners attention and praise from both metal enthusiasts and critics.
  • 2000: The band’s fourth album, “Quintessence,” incorporates folk and Viking metal influences into their sound. The album’s dynamic compositions and philosophical themes demonstrate their musical growth and exploration.
  • 2001: Vintersorg, the band’s vocalist at the time, departs, leading to changes in the band’s lineup. Despite this, Borknagar continues to create music that pushes boundaries and defies categorization.
  • 2010: Øystein G. Brun remains the sole original member, and the band’s lineup evolves over the years. They release the album “Universal,” which features a diverse array of guest musicians, contributing to the album’s multifaceted sound.
  • 2016: Borknagar releases “Winter Thrice,” showcasing their ability to seamlessly blend extreme and progressive elements. The album is celebrated for its intricate songwriting and the band’s commitment to pushing their musical boundaries.
  • 2020s: Borknagar continues to release new music and remain a significant presence in the metal scene, constantly evolving and challenging conventions.

Borknagar‘s music is characterized by its intricate compositions, atmospheric textures, and a unique combination of harsh and clean vocals.


  • Albums:
    1. Borknagar” (1996)
    2. The Olden Domain” (1997)
    3. The Archaic Course” (1998)
    4. Quintessence” (2000)
    5. Empiricism” (2001)
    6. Epic” (2004)
    7. Origin” (2006)
    8. Universal” (2010)
    9. Urd” (2012)
    10. Winter Thrice” (2016)


  • Øystein G. Brun (guitar)
  • Simen “I.C.S. Vortex” Hestnæs (vocals, bass)
  • Lars A. Nedland (keyboard, vocals)
  • Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow (drums)
  • Jostein Thomassen (guitar)
  • Tobias Ørnes Andersen (drums)

Borknagar‘s journey from a solo project to a full-fledged band reflects their dedication to pushing the boundaries of metal music and incorporating diverse influences.

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