Norway’s BORKNAGAR has entered Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden to begin mixing its new album with Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with such acts as KATATONIA, OPETH, PARADISE LOST and AMON AMARTH. The CD is tentatively due in February 2012 via Century Media Records.
Several photos from the mixing sessions can be seen at Borknagar.com.
Regarding the sound of BORKNAGAR‘s forthcoming album, mainman Øystein G. Brun previously said, “Looking back on our previous releases, our major challenge has always been to materialize our highly detailed music and compromises have been done production-wise. This time around there will be no compromise and hopefully you will witness the most powerful, rich, detailed and dynamic BORKNAGAR album to date!”
BORKNAGAR recently parted ways with David Kinkade “due to the logistical challenges [the band has] been facing having a U.S. drummer in a Norwegian band the last couple of years.”The group added, “Sometimes reality bites and in order to be a fully operative band, we need a drummer based in Norway.”
In a separate statement released to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Kinkade said about his departure from BORKNAGAR, “I am leaving BORKNAGAR due to a number of reasons completely out of my control but I assure you that I’ve thought it through for quite some time now and I can honestly say that the spark just isn’t there for me anymore. I tried everything I could over the past three years to make things happen. Now I just hope, for the fans’ sake, that they will completely deliver… The fans really deserve it. I wish BORKNAGAR all the best in their future endeavors.”
Kinkade, who has previously played with joined ARSIS and MALEVOLENT CREATION, joined SOULFLY a few months ago following the departure of that group’s longtime skinsman Joe Nunez.
BORKNAGAR‘s last album, “Universal”, sold around 500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 116 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“Universal” was released on February 22, 2010 in Europe and March 2, 2010 in North America through Indie Recordings.