|Review: Borknagar - Winter Thrice|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 2016
Genre: Black/Folk Metal
Review online: February 26, 2016
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Rated 4/5 (80%) (11 Votes)
The characteristic musical balance between Black and Progressive Folk Metal displayed by Borknagar sets the tone once again in Winter Thrice, 10th full-length by the Norwegians. The album transits between moments of aggressiveness and calm, always lead by Vintersorg and ICS Vortex, who alternate the vocals between the songs. Overflowing with wisdom and musical technique, the band makes Winter Thrice accessible, clean and brutal all at the same time, while showcasing a rich sound full of harmonic passages and with a beautiful atmosphere. Without sounding pretentious or unnecessary, Borknagar lays out their most creative and ambitious album so far, and all of the eight main songs (one bonus track in the limited edition, which is reviewed here) sound exactly where they belong in the album timeline.
With the experience and the pedigree of a creative lineup, the group soars high and fearless with Winter Thrice. Far beyond my expectations – and far beyond the common sound adopted by Black Metal fans, for that matter – this is one of those records that we seldom find: Multifaceted, full of nuances and different movements, accessible and underground at the same time. This brings the Norwegians of Borknagar to a higher place in the Metal community and makes for one of the strongest albums in 2016, no doubt.
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