Norwegian metallers BORKNAGAR have recently announced a new drummer, Baard Kolstad, for the band’s line-up. Baard will perform his first show together with the band at this year’s Inferno Festival in Norway, April 4th–7th in Oslo, Norway. Baard Kolstad has recently won the world championship in V- Drums, in Los Angeles.
BORKNAGAR’s mastermind Øystein G. Brun comments as follows: “First and foremost I would like to welcome Baard into the fold, may our journey ahead become a joy able ride. We are all very excited about Baard teaming up with the band. He has proven to be an immensely talented drummer with skills and a technique that is simply breathtaking. Our first encounter was late last year when he stepped in and recorded drums for ICS Vortex’s cover version of Metallica’s song “Don’t Tread On Me”. Since then we have kept an eye on him. When we spilt with David Kinkade a bit later on, the road ahead was obvious. We are all very much looking forward to pull off the very first gigs…” and also Baard Kolstad added: ”I’m really happy for this opportunity and the fact that I have earned the respect to play with BORKNAGAR. Really looking forward to the musical adventure that the future holds and will do my best to deal with the challenge in the most respectful and creative way. Now, I just want to play!”
As previously posted, BORKNAGAR are going to release their upcoming album “Urd” on March 26th, 2012 in Europe and North America via Century Media Records. The album’s artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco (www.P2RDESIGN.com), who has not only already worked on the band’s previous “Universal” release but also with artists such as Soulfly, Belphegor, Einherjer or Keep of Kalessin. The mixing duties for the album were taken care of by Jens Bogren at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, etc.). This album can be now pre-ordered in Europe from CM Distro in its different formats but also as bundle of the limited edition Digipak with an exclusive shirt.
The track listing for the album will read as follows:
BORKNAGAR – “Urd” / Tracklisting:
3. The Beauty Of Dead Cities
4. The Earthling
5. The Plains Of Memories
6. Mount Regency
8. The Winter Eclipse
9. In A Deeper World