Press release December 2013
Borknagar set to tour Europe in March 2014.
Norwegian post-black metal band Borknagar is now ready for their first ever headliner tour in Europe set for March 2014. The tour is part of Niflheim Festival Tours and will be the first time Borknagar tour in Europe since 1998, the first real tour since 1999. The tour has 9 dates and will feature supportbands Månegarm, Ereb Altor and Shade Empire.
The tour is subtiteled “The Winter Eclipse” and is a cooperation between Niflheim Festival Tour and Borknagar. It will bring the band through 9 dates in Germany, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland and Italy and starts in Erfurt- Germany the 7th of March 2014. The tour will also include the support from Swedish bands Månegarm and Ereb Altor and Finlands Shade Empire.
During the past decade Borknagar have only appeared live a dozen times, mostly visiting festivals like Wacken, Infernofestival and this summer; Brutal Assault. Before that Borknagar did several full-length tours, first time in Europe in 1998 as support for In Flames, second tour in 1998 as support for Cradle of Filth and Napalm Death. This was followed up with a North America tour in summer 1999 as support for Emperor. Borknagar stopped touring after the release of Empiricism in 2001 and focused on recording, resulting in 4 more studio albums. Now the band announces that time has come to set out and meet the audience again.
This means that this is the first Borknagar tour in 15 years! The first headliner tour. The first European tour in 16 years. There are now 12 Borknagar concerts announced for 2014.“This is very exciting, verging on surreal. I have always wanted to play more live with the guys and after 15 years we are finally doing something that involves more then a weekend. This is all thanks to the enormous support we get from our audience all over the world, such motivation is priceless!” Jens F. Ryland – Borknagar “See you all out in the battlefield in a few months. Really looking forward to this ride with my fellow gunslingers! Hope to see you all! And hey, show us what you got Europe! Cheers!!” Øystein G. Brun – Borknagar ——————————————– “After two years in a row only the South-German realm was fogged in – The ancient mist is approaching again for a third time and this time it will be all over Europe…Ladies and Gentlemen, we proudly present you the Niflheim Festival Tour, coming to haunted places in early 2014.” NIFLHEIM FESTIVAL TOUR 2014
~ The Winter Eclipse ~ BORKNAGAR
SHADE EMPIRE + SPECIAL GUEST Presented by Century Media Records, Metal Hammer and Napalm Records 07.03. Erfurt, From Hell (DE) 08.03. Oberhausen, Helvete (DE)
09.03. Wroclaw, Alibi (PL)
10.03. Berlin, K17 (DE)
11.03. Budapest, Dürer Kert (HU)
12.03. Montecchio Maggiore, E20 Underground (IT)
13.03. Rome, Traffic (IT)
14.03. Romagnano Sesia, Rock’n’roll Arena (IT)
15.03. Zürich, Dynamo (CH)
Borknagar released URD in 2012, the 9th studio album in the bands 18-year career. The album saw the return of ICS Vortex to the ranks and was well recieved by both press and audience. The release was marked with a concert headlining the Infernofestival in Oslo -Norway, introducing Baard Kolstad as the new drummer. Borknagar appeared at Brutal Assault Festival in Czeck Republic in 2013 and introduced Pål “Athera” Mathiesen as stand-in for Vintersorg.