So, a new album is in the making. The purpose is, obviously, to discuss the process, our expectations as fans and to post the info here to keep the order and continuity of the whole thing. Hopefully the band will give their input too. So, the songs are - mostly? - done and Dave already recorded 3 tracks. He also said that the sound is 'huge', reminiscent of the black album drum sound (what do NOT excite me) and it's the 'fastest' Borknagar album to date. It's safe to presume that Dave is more confident this time and his drumming will sound better. This time there are huge changes: Tyr left the band and the bass will be done by Vortex, which means - to me - that the basslines won't be that progressive/technical as before and probably he'll use his BC Rich or his Ric, thus the sound will differ a lot. Most important than that is Vortex' clean vocals. Most of Borknagar fans loves Simen vocals, be here, or Arcturus or even his few parts on Dimmu Borgir. How will this affect to the overall sound? will this mean that Borknagar will take a more old-school approach to the music? Since Vortex will layer cleans, how much of the cleans will still do Andreas and Lars? As a matter of impressions, I clearly remember how Oystein cited Universal saying things like Epic, Grandiose and such, but that album was very polarizing in opinions and, while I liked it, I have to recognize it doesn't had the same charm as other albums like Empiricism or Epic, especially for the production, which had the guitars very low in the mix, thus the replay value is kinda low. I learned with the years that the artist vision differs a lot from the fans' one, so I'll be very cautious about this new record.