Refreshing, Cold, Epic, and Folky are just a few words that come to mind when I first listened to Borknagar’s tenth studio album “Winter Thrice”. With an exquisite diverse line up Borknagar have managed to capture the essence of the word progressive. There is so much going on with this release between Vintersorg’s growls, ICS Vortex’s sweeping vocals, Lars key melodies, Øystein’s prominent rhythm, Jens leads, and Baard’s fluid drumming I almost found myself at a loss for words to describe this masterpiece. “The Rhymes of the Mountain kicks things off with ICS Vortex’s all-encompassing vocals and mingled with Vintersorg’s growls, this song definitely sets the pace for the whole album. “Winter Thrice” featuring vocals by Garm (Ulver) is a definite treat, it is so catchy and is one that has stuck with me. The final track “Terminus” also graces the ears with Garm’s Vocals.
“Panorama” in my opinion is another gem that stands out, and frankly I blame the chorus. The second Read me is unleashed I can’t help but sing along. Every member in this band has contributed something special and that is what makes this release so powerful. You can pick out specific elements, but when combined you get “Winter Thrice”. There is something here for everyone to enjoy and this album I am sure will be on repeat for a long time.