(Bergen, Norway – April 14, 2022) – Norway’s avant-garde black metal innovators BORKNAGAR are making their long overdue return to North America stages as part of the “Devastation Of The Nation” tour with Rotting Christ, Abigail Williams, Ghost Bath, Vale Of Pnath and Stormruler for a comprehensive tour starting next week, April 21stin Berkeley and ending a month later, on May 22nd in Los Angeles.
“The past two years have been tough, tough for all of us. But after almost two years in the dark, due to international travel restrictions and lock-downs that have made international touring impossible, the sun seems to be back to shine upon us. As I write this we are in the final stages of preparations to the “Devastation Of The Nation” tour across the whole of the USA and Canada with our friends in Rotting Christ, Abigail Williams, Ghost Bath, Vale Of Pnath and Stormruler,” states BORKNAGAR founder and mastermind Øystein G. Brun.
“After delays and eventually a cancellation of this tour in 2020 due to the pandemic, we are so stoked and excited to finally be able get going. It has been a rugged road and we could not have done this without our loyal and persistant partners such as: Ruben @ Talentnation, Daniel @ Devastation of the Nation tour, Marc @ Play America and Christine @ Fountain Feller Group Inc. and last but not least the support by Music Norway. Thank you so much for all the efforts! Finally to our fellow gunslingers on this ride: We shall have a great time and make some musical history that lingers on for a long, long time! Let’s do this.” adds Brun.
“Devastation Of The Nation” North American Tour 2022
W/Rotting Christ, BORKNAGAR, Abigail Williams, Ghost Bath, Vale Of Pnath & Stormruler
21.04.2022 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
22.04.2022 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
23.04.2022 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
24.04.2022 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
26.04.2022 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
27.04.2022 Denver, CO – The Roxy Theater
28.04.2022 Kansas City, MO – BLVD
29.04.2022 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
30.04.2022 Chicago, IL – Reggies / Sold out!
01.05.2022 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
03.05.2022 Toronto, ON – Lees Palace
04.05.2022 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
05.05.2022 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
06.05.2022 Manchester, NH – Jewel
07.05.2022 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar / Sold out!
07.05.2022 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar / Late Night Show!
08.05.2022 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
10.05.2022 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
11.05.2022 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
12.05.2022 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
13.05.2022 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
14.05.2022 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
16.05.2022 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
17.05.2022 Fort Worth, TX – Haltom Theater
18.05.2022 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
19.05.2022 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar
20.05.2022 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
21.05.2022 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
22.05.2022 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
27.05.2022 Hollandscheveld (The Netherlands) – Graveland Open Air
28.05.2022 Whittlebury Park / Towchester (UK) – ManorFest
18.06.2022 Duisburg (Germany) – Rage Against Racism Festival
19.06.2022 Clisson (France) – Hellfest
24.06.2022 Kauhajoki (Finland) – Nummirock
20.08.2022 Horten (Norway) – Midgardsblot
25.08.2022 Istanbul (Turkey) – Zorlu PSM %100 Studio Stage
26.08.2022 Sofia (Bulgaria) – Sofia Metal Festival
27.08.2022 Thessaloniki (Greece) – 8Ball
28.08.2022 Athens (Greece) – Kyttaro
10.09.2022 Zurich (Switzerland) – MehSuff Festival
w/Moonspell, My Dying Bride, BORKNAGAR, Wolfheart & Hinayana
29.09.2022 Frankfurt (Germany) – Batschkapp
30.09.2022 Leipzig (Germany) – Hellraiser
01.10.2022 Antwerp (Belgium) – Trix
02.10.2022 Luxembourg (Luxembourg) – Den Atelier
03.10.2022 Paris (France) – Elysee Montmatre
04.10.2022 Lyon (France) – Transbordeur
05.10.2022 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
06.10.2022 Stuttgart (Germany) – LKA
07.10.2022 Geiselwind (Germany) – Music Hall
08.10.2022 Munich (Germany) – Backstage Werk
09.10.2022 Brno (Czech Republic) – Sono
10.10.2022 Budapest (Hungary) – Barba Negra
11.10.2022 Vienna (Austria) – Arena
12.10.2022 Wroclaw (Poland) – A2
13.10.2022 Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus
14.10.2022 Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle
15.10.2022 Oberhausen (Germany) – Turbinenhalle 2
16.10.2022 Utrecht (The Netherlands) – Ronda
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Throughout 2022, BORKNAGAR continue to promote the latest album release, True North (2019), and their special 25th Anniversary re-issue of their pioneering self-titled debut album, which was recently released worldwide via the band’s longtime label partner Century Media Records.
Initially released in 1996, Borknagar saw Øystein G. Brun recruiting a phenomenal cast of like-minded musicians, such as Garm (Ulver, ex Arcturus) doing the vocals, drummer Grim (ex-Immortal, Gorgoroth and Ancient), Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) on keyboards and bassist Infernus (Gorgoroth), to enter the notorious halls of Grieghallen Studios with the goal of rupturing the peripheries of what was then deemed “traditional” Black Metal.
The new deluxe edition of the album, entitled Borknagar (25th Anniversary Re-issue 2021), marks the definitive version of this pioneering Norwegian Metal classic, and includes a careful remaster of the 10 track LP courtesy of Øystein G. Brun, a makeover for the original artwork, profound liner notes, exclusive photos and a bonus disc full of previously unheard material from the band vaults. The limited Digipak 2CD (with 12 bonus tracks / 60 min.) and the limited Gatefold 2LP on 180g black vinyl (with 8 bonus tracks / 37 min.) can be ordered HERE.
Check out a sample teaser of Borknagar (25th Anniversary Re-issue 2021) to get an impression of the re-issue, HERE, and check out a visualizer clip for the track “Dauden (Remaster 2021)” created by Wanderley Perna / W Designer, HERE.
True North received rave reviews in the media and was named “Album of the month” by publications like Metal Hammer (Germany), Legacy (Germany) or also Scream (Norway). The album scored several international sales chart rankings upon release as follows: Germany: #31, Switzerland: #34, Finland: #42, Austria: #56, Sweden (Physical Albums): #46, USA (Billboard Heatseekers): #12, USA (Billboard Hard Rock): #22 as well as ITunes Charts: Canada: #70, Italy: #77, Germany: #86 and Finland: #94. Listen to the singles “The Fire That Burns”, “Up North”, and “Voices”, off BORKNAGAR’s most recent album True North. The album is available to purchase HERE.
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