Winter Thrice, which also culminates BORKNAGAR's 20th year of existence, also managed to enter sales charts throughout the world within its first week of release. In the United States, Winter Thrice hit # 17 on the Billboard Heatseekers and #15 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. In Germany the album reached #62, in Switzerland # 90, and in Finland #44.
Needless to say, yes, this album is just that good. Here are a few paragraphs taken from select press outlets...
Winter Thrice is a beautiful album. The best musicians in the Nordic prog scene have come together to connect with the listener's primal instincts and the feeling of wonder that one experiences when engrossed in the woods on a winter night.
-Heavy Blog Is Heavy
Winter Thrice is a truly magnificent piece of work, a diverse and enviably multi-faceted, multi-textured album, where no two songs sound quite the same, and yet all the tracks fit together seamlessly as parts of the greater whole.
-No Clean Singing
This album is a must-own release for 2016!
-Skulls N Bones
BORKNAGAR guitarist Jens F. checked in with a comment regarding the release: "The first feedback on Winter Thrice has been completely mind blowing to us! Our dedicated fans have made so much fuzz that we even seem to attract some new listeners, resulting in listings on album charts in several countries. Even the video for the title song is being received in a way that has us debating if we should do another one! We are truly inspired to act on the response and have been working for a while to set up a tour, and here we go! 12 European gigs added to the summer festivals already makes this our busiest year since 1999, and we hope to add even more. We intend to adjust our plans according to the feedback we get, so make sure your voice is heard!"
Winter Thrice, which hit #3 in the soundcheck ratings of Metal Hammer Magazine (Germany) was released as standard CD, as limited edition Digipak CD version with extended artwork and also as Gatefold 2-LP on 180gr. vinyl. Both the Digipak and the LP come with a special bonus track and the Digipak also includes a BORKNAGAR logo-patch.
You can order the album in its various physical formats here:
And digitally here:
Recently, BORKNAGAR launched an impressive promotional video for the album's title track. The clip was directed by David Solbjörg and Kjetil Kolbjörnsrud of Twitchy Films and also features former/original vocalist and Ulver-mastermind Kristoffer Rygg on guest vocals. See it here: https://youtu.be/NDrrKv2wjvk
You can also check out the lyric-video for the album's opening track "The Rhymes Of The Mountain", here: https://youtu.be/Zoa9w7WB_Xo
Catch BORKNAGAR on their newly announced run of European tour dates together with fellow Norwegians Kampfar and Diabolical from Sweden. All dates below.
BORKNAGAR + Kampfar & Diabolical - European Tour
Presented by RTN Touring, Legacy & Rock Hard
04.13.2016 Hamburg (Germany) - Marx
04.14.2016 Oberhausen (Germany) - Kulttempel
04.15.2016 Berlin (Germany) - K17
04.16.2016 Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja
04.17.2016 Cracov (Poland) - Kwadrat
04.18.2016 Kosice (Slovakia) - Kolloseum
04.19.2016 Budapest (Hungary) - Dürer Kert
04.20.2016 Bratislava (Slovakia) - Randal Club
04.21.2016 Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Gala Hala
04.22.2016 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
04.23.2016 Aalen (Germany) - Rock It
04.24.2016 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - Baroeg
For further info, visit: www.rtn-touring.com
BORKNAGAR live 2016:
06.17.-19.2016 Dessel (Belgium) - Graspop Metal meeting
07.01.-03.2016 Roitzschjora (Germany) - With Full Force
08.04.-06.2016 Wacken (Germany) - Wacken Open Air
08.13.2016 Rasnov (Romania) - Rockstadt Extreme Fest
Øystein G. Brun - Clean and Electric Guitars
Vintersorg - Grim Vocals, Clean Vocals and Choirs
Jens F. Ryland - Lead Guitars
ICS Vortex - Bass, Clean Vocals and Choirs
Lars A. Nedland - Keys, Clean Vocals and Choirs
Baard Kolstad - Drums