Earlier this year, or in fact March 26, 2012 did Borknagar release the ninth full-length album "Urd". It marks the return of vocalist/bass guitarist ICS Vortex as a permanent member, and is the second and last album by the band to feature David Kinkade; he recorded the drums as a full member of the band, but left for Soulfly before the release of the album, and is credited as a session player.
Vintersorg – harsh/clean vocals, choirs
Øystein G. Brun – electric and acoustic guitars
Jens Ryland – lead guitar
ICS Vortex – bass, clean vocals & choirs
Lars A. Nedland – keyboards, clean vocals & choirs
David Kinkade – drums & percussion
Todays tune "The Earthling" is taken from the album "Urd".
Borknagar’s founder, Øystein G. Brun commented the following about the artwork and the album: “The cover and design for ‘Urd’ is spot on when it comes to portraying the very core of the band. This time around we wanted an earthly expression through our cover and general design to support and empower the main themes on the album. You can almost smell and feel the texture of the old Norse wooden carvings – still there is a sophisticated and eclectic approach to the expression that entwines perfectly into the music. Marcelo Vasco enhanced our ideas into brilliance, he painted the face of the beast that is about to be unleashed…”
"Our previous album was called “Universal” and where should we go after an album title with such a magnitude? Well, we decided to head back home to earth. We really wanted to get back to the core of the band, where it all started – the admiration and pondering about nature and mankind’s place therein. “Urd” is the name of one of the norns that according to northern mythology stands under Yggdrasill and weaves the lifeline of mankind. “Urd” is representing the past, while “Verdande” is representing the present and “Skuld” is representing the future. You might very well say that this is an ancient expression of what we today know as DNA. And I have always been very fascinated by the fact that parts and bits of our DNA actually derive from the very beginning of time. All living creatures are somewhat connected to the very first organic cell. That is some of the story behind the album title
More info @
Official Borknagar Web
Sorry No Spotify on this one yet!