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Review: Borknagar - Empiricism

Label: Century Media
Year released: 2001
Duration: 50:08
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: November 18, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating


This album is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year and there are a lot of high expectations from fans as well as media. A lot of this expectation is due to the inclusion of Vintersorg into the band and with good reason. Vintersorg has become very popular among fans that are also fans of Borknagar. So does this collaboration work or not? Well I would say unequivocally yes but I am sure there is a few that will disagree.

I will be honest I was never a real big fan of Borknagar however I was a fan of Vintersorg. I thought the last Borknagar album was boring to say the least while the last Vintersorg disc was excellent from beginning to end. So to put it simply if you liked the previous works from Vintersorg you will like this as well. Borknagar has evolved with each of its releases and this one is no exception. I think I can safely say this is the lightest sounding album they have ever done but at the same time it is also their most well written as well. The songwriting is just absolutely brilliant on this album and the added vocals of Vintersorg really add a lot of punch. This is not strictly clean vocals but rather they switch back and forth between clean and a growling style but only do so when the song itself calls for it. The music itself also switches back and forth from heavy distortion to clean acoustic parts. There is a lot of piano on this album as well but again only in parts that the songs themselves call for it. Plain and simple this is just an extremely well written and played album.

Overall if you are a fan of Vintersorg you will love this but if you are a fan of the heavier side of Borknagar's past you may want to give this one a listen before throwing down some hard earned money. Personally I think it is an excellent disc and definitely something worth having in my collection. Highly Recommended.

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