BravePicks 2016 - BORKNAGAR's Winter Thrice #22

December 10, 2016, 3 years ago

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BravePicks 2016 - BORKNAGAR's Winter Thrice #22

Another gruelling year of heavy metal mastery is almost over! And all the votes are in and the compiling is complete! It's time to celebrate the winners and call out the not-so winners! So who will be our #1? You’ll find out as we count down the BravePick Of 2016 throughout December! And once again our devout scribes put their collective metal minds together to build the ultimate lists including individual Top 20s (new studio albums ONLY),  Top 5 Brave Embarrassments, Top 3 Concerts, What/Who Needs To Stop In 2017? and Metal Predictions For 2017. All will be showcased come the New Year!

'Tis the season to commence the good, bad and ugly of 2016! Let’s rock!

BravePicks 2016

22) BORKNAGAR - Winter Thrice (Century Media)

Not once, not twice, but thrice with Borknagar’s newest platter of progressive/folk/black…whatever you want to call it black metal Winter Thrice. With the weather steadily becoming colder and colder the progressive black metallist’s album is like a long journey up the bleakest frostbitten mountain and stands out as one of the top albums of 2016.

Guitarist Jens F. Ryland told BraveWords about his relationship with nature:

“I grew up very far north in Norway (just inland from the Lofotens). The rough weather and nature has its influence on every small thing up there, it's not something you choose to be a part of. For example as I was getting my driver’s license I learned from my father to always park my car with the nose towards south-west, or the wind would rip the doors of when you climbed out… I also grew up on a farm and had nature and wilderness presented to me from the beginning. I've lived in Oslo since 1995, but I'm not much of a “concrete-kid”. I've fished with orcas (killer-whale) circling my boat, I've seen blue-whales up close, I've hunted elk with my father and all you can expect. It's like growing up in Alaska I guess. At one point I lived even further north, and I had an office down on the harbor where my view out the window was the fjord and the glacier on the opposite side!”

Ryland also spoke about filming the video for the title track:

“Well, the first release was the lyrics video for ‘Rhymes Of The Mountains,’ the opening track back in November. The title track was filmed at Midgard Historical Center that I first visited during the metal festival Midgardsblot in August last year. It was just after that we decided we had to make a video and this was the first location I checked out, and luckily I found that the guy in charge was an old metal fan! We had some issues with Vintersorg’s condition, and a bit into the planning he was “grounded” by his doctor due to the complications after his ear surgery. Luckily we had Kris Rygg (Garm) to help us out.”

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BravePicks 2016 Top 31

22) BORKNAGAR - Winter Thrice (Century Media)
23) ENTOMBED A.D. - Dead Dawn (Century Media)
24) TREMONTI - Dust (Fret 12)
25) OPETH - Sorceress (Moderbolaget/Nuclear Blast)
26) HAMMERFALL - Built To Last (Napalm)
27) EPICA - The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
28)  DARK TRANQUILLITY - Atoma (Century Media)
29) SUMERLANDS - S/T (Relapse)
30) RUNNING WILD – Rapid Foray (SPV)
31) AVANTASIA – Ghostlights (Nuclear Blast)


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