Norway-based metallers BORKNAGAR have issued the following update:
"With the recent changes in the band, BORKNAGAR is now able to hit the road and meet the fans face to face.
"We are very pleased to announce that BORKNAGAR is now gearing up to head to South America, a continent never visited by the band before."
The "Universal Course Tour" will take place in September and will include stops in the following cities (venue details to be confirmed):
Sep. 16 - Caracas, Venezuela
Sep. 17 - Bogota, Colombia
Sep. 18 - Quito, Ecuador
Sep. 19 - Lima, Peru
Sep. 22 - La Paz, Bolivia
Sep. 23 - Santiago, Chile
Sep. 24 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sep. 25 - São Paulo, Brasil
All venue information will be made available on the official BORKNAGAR MySpace page once it has been confirmed.
BORKNAGAR's lineup for the tour will be as follows:
Øystein G. Brun (guitar)
ICS Vortex (vocals, bass)
Jens F. Ryland (guitar)
Lars A. Nedland (keyboards, backing vocals)
David Kinkade (drums)
Commented Øystein G. Brun: "Damn, I am really looking forward to this!
"BORKNAGAR is all about explorations and breaching limits, so heading for South America to do these dates is just what I am ready for now. I am sure this will be a very special event for me, the band and our South American fans!"
Added Jens F. Ryland: "I never thought this would happen, but I'm going on another tour with my brother ICS Vortex and best of all, I'm going to explore a continent I've always wanted to visit together with a few of my favorite people.
"I'm very proud to again be able to say: See you on tour folks!"
BORKNAGAR's new 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 in Europe and March 2 in North America through Indie Recordings. The effort was made available in four different formats: regular jewelcase CD, limited digipack (including bonus disc), CD box with extras and gatefold LP with double vinyl.
An e-card for the effort can be accessed at this location.
"Universal" was recorded and mixed at Toproom Studio in Lunner, Norway, with the bandmembers themselves handling the production duties.
Commented BORKNAGAR mainman Øystein G. Brun: "We are extremely satisfied with the result! The album turned out even better than we dared to hope for when starting this journey. There is an attitude, energy and nerve to this record that will appeal to the most primal side of man, yet there is complexity and atmosphere that will challenge the most sophisticated parts of mind. The album contains all the elements that made BORKNAGAR the band we are and we firmly believe that this album will be a huge piece of candy for those who have followed the band through the years. This is by far the most complete album we have done to date — musically and production-wise."
Regarding the album title, Brun said, "'Universal' is the title that shines through and mirrors the essence of the album. 'Universal' is a title that is broad enough and huge enough to project the giant character of this album, both musically and lyrically."