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is borknagar viking metal????

Discussion in 'Borknagar' started by metal thrashin mad!, Jul 8, 2002.

  1. metal thrashin mad!

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    i always thaught they were:D not that its bad!!!!! i have a viking metal myself!!
     
  2. Øystein G. Brun

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    Borknagar is certainly not a Viking metal band!
     
  3. metal thrashin mad!

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    i figuerd they were odinists.....with the hammer logo and everything?
     
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    yourdeadgroom Black Stone Wielder

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    :lol: Well, I guess that got settled pretty quick! :lol:
     
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    Yes, Øystein's second post. :) And a definite one at that. Nope, I wouldn't say Borknagar are Viking metal either. They can't be labelled like that anyway. This band has so many diverse influences.
     
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    Eldzik Anastasia's Minion

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    Borknagar is "Borknagar metal". have own style...
     
  7. Morgana

    Morgana Vintermagi

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    Indeed, hehehe...


    Hehe, have to agree on this...
     
  8. Vindsval

    Vindsval Frozen Squad

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    I would consider "Eye of Oden", "Dawn of the End" and "Tale of Pagan Tongue" as Viking Metal... Well, if Oystein himself says it's not like that, there won't be any chance to proove him wrong. Maybe classifying something as VM is a thing of perspective.
     
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    Averathinx Wanderer

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    Why not call those songs as "borknagar-metal reflecting on the viking mythology/spirit"?

    Nevermind...
     
  10. Odemarkens_son

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    Id's say that the first two albums are close to VM,
    while each next is further from it. Note that there are no references to mythology since Quintessence (or did I miss someting?)
     
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    Morningrise ...I am just thin air...

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    Maybe they have beliefs similar to vikings, but the musical style is definately not Viking metal. I would call it epic black metal if it must be categorized.
     
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    I've heard only a little bit from the debut album (so i should shut up :) ) but i think it's kinda like viking metal musically. But recent albums have nothing to do with VM.
     
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    Averathinx Wanderer

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    I more think that it sounds "nordic".

    Borknagar's style is not viking, but somehow "epic scandinavian". And their lyrics is - as far as I know - not based on the viking mythology like viking metal band's is.

    And well, their music may be a little similar to viking metal, but that could be because it is influenced by the same landscapes and nature or so.
     
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    Well, what do you think is "Eye of Oden" then about if not viking mythology? At least I think it has to be mythology... I never saw neither Hugin nor Mugin myself, so... :D
     
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    Todeswalzer Member of SkOmring

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    read the interviews
     
  16. Thorgrimm

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    i would label Borknagar as, hm...Great Metal ;)
    Progressive and epic!
     
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    Yes, "The Eye of Oden" sure is from the viking mythology, but their music is not based on it. It is about the same as calling Yngwie Malmsteen for "viking metal" because he did a song called "I am a viking" IMO...
     
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    But don't forget that there is not definite musical style for viking metal. Viking metal is more a genre that takes styles from other metal-subgenres and merge them with viking lyrics and a little epic feeling. The only viking trademark I really know is the clean hymnic vocals, you do not find them in many other styles in this form. Except, well, Vintersorg, Borknagar, and that stuff nearby.

    Compare some viking metal bands: eg. Einherjer's "Odin Owns Ye All" and Enslaved's "Frost"... Considering the music, there is absolutely NO similarity between the two... BUT they're both great albums and they're both viking metal to the bone...

    VM is in same parts a matter of perspective I'd say...
     
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    Good one :D
     
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    Totally agree...Viking metal is a matter of lyrics.
     

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