2019 Best of Metal: #18 Borknagar-True North

Release date:  9/27/2019

Origin:  Bergen, Norway

Personnel:  ICS Vortex-vox/bass, Oystein G. Brun-guitar, Jostein Thomassen-guitar, Lars A. Nedland-keys/vox, Bjorn Dugstad Ronnow-drums

Album number eleven for this longstanding band of Norsemen who revel in a very melodic and epic version of black metal.  This latest release saw long time bassist ICS Vortex take over the lead vocal spot.  It also feels like a very prog influenced album with lots of 70s style synths that give the usual frostbitten proceedings a bit of a brighter feel than past releases.  I dig these guys’ attempt at continuing to push what is acceptable within the realms of what is normally a very staid genre.

4 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

18.  Borknagar-True North
19.  Herod-Sombre Dessein
20.  Vintersea-Illuminated

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