Guitar player/main composer Øystein G. Brun of Norway's BORKNAGAR has issued the following update:
"After a week of intense work, we are now finished recording the drums for the upcoming BORKNAGAR album. All in all, nine songs have been recorded and we can assure you that this will be the most heavy, groovy yet diverse and atmospheric album to date!
"[New BORKNAGAR drummer] David [Kinkade; ARSIS, MALEVOLENT CREATION, DIVINE EMPIRE, COUNCIL OF THE FALLEN] did a fabulous job adding his signature drum style to our music. Overall he crafted well-balanced drum patterns in good BORKNAGAR tradition but added his sophisticated sense groove and precise way of playing. It sounds nothing but amazing!
"BORKNAGAR will continue recording the album in mid-February. Then the main focus will be the recording of clean and electric guitar. Bass will possibly be recorded as well. The album will be recorded sporadically but the session is planned to be finished by the end of April.
"We are extremely excited about the material this time around as it will sound vital and fresh as never before. We are sure we again will breach some musical borders with our new monumental effort. So beware!"
The band announced in March 2008 that Jens Ryland (guitar) and Erik Tiwaz (a.k.a. Tyr; bass) had returned as permanent members of the band.
Jens Ryland was a longtime member of BORKNAGAR and contributed to "The Archaic Course", "Quintessence" and "Empiricism" albums before he quit in 2003 due to other priorities in life.
Erik Tiwaz joined the band in 2000 and participated on "Empiricism" as a regular member. In 2004 he quit the band due to personal reasons but contributed as a session musician to "Origin" in 2006.