Borknagar
Empiricism


5.0
classic

Review

by Lord Hypnos USER (5 Reviews)
January 18th, 2005 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Borknagar - Empiricism

Released October 2001

The Band:

Vintersorg - vocals
Oystein G. Brun - guitars
Jens F. Ryland - guitars
Asgeir Mickelson - drums
Tyr - bass
Lars A. Nedlund - keyboard, piano, organ, backing vocals

The Tracks:

1. The Genuine Pulse - 4:51 - Starts out with a nice piano intro before the rest of the bands explodes out of the speakers with a monsterously heavy onslaught of riffs and blast beats. Vintersorgs clean vocals are stunning here (and everywhere else on the album, as I will often point out). Awsome synth lines here as well. A great way to start the album. 4.5/5

2. Gods Of My World - 4:26 - "The Gods are great; I am the greatest." Indeed. The awsome level continues from the the last song. Vintersorgs vocals, once again, astound me. Great lyrics and music make another song that should not be missed. 4.5/5

3. The Black Canvas - 5:18 - Starts out with some very grim vocals over top of a bit of synth, the blast beats come in shortly thereafter and the song really takes off. Tyr has some really nice and audible bass lines here. 4.5/5

4. Matter And Motion - 2:30 - Here is where the folk influences really shine on Empiricism. This is an intrumental that serves as a break from the brutality that the rest of the songs serve. A very folk-ish piano drives the song over top of a powerful rythym. 5/5

5. Soul Sphere - 6:41 - Begins immediately with Vintersorg screaming his ass off, before going into an awsome melodic piece. The keyboards play a really major role in creating atmosphere in the background and some of Vintersorg's best vocals on the album. As the longest track on here, it is easily the most epic. 5/5

6. Inherit The Earth - 5:29 - One of my favorite tracks on Empiricism. Tyr has a major role here and carries the song in some parts. The guitar solo is extremely beautiful. 5/5

7. Stellar Dome - 5:36 - The best song on the album. Starts out with a beautifully melodic intro and creates an interesting juxtaposition when Vintersorg starts screaming; screamed vocals over softer, more melodic music really works well here. Absolutely beautiful. 7/5

8. Four Element Synchronicity - 5:51 - The "choral" thingy by Vintersorg never ceases to amaze me. Another amazing song here. There is some really nice, mellow guitar work about halfway through the song followed by a little solo piano piece. Don't skip this track. 5/5

9. Liberated - 4:51 - The piano really starts this song off nicely and carries it all the way through. Awsome. 4/5

10. View Of Everlast - 4:30 - A really nice way to finish off an awsome album. A very mellow track most of the way through. The drums become forceful for a little while near the end of the song. Beautiful lyrics, beautiful music. Awsome. 5/5

Overall:

I haven't heard any other Borknagar albums besides this one so I don't know how it compares to their previous work. However, I can compare it to other music out there and say that this album kicks ass. A lot of ass, as a matter of fact. There are some bands I've heard that have music that is this varied, but few of them are this varied in a single song like Borknagar is. The folk influences mixed with the brutality of black metal works extremely well for these guys. The guitar and piano work is outstanding and the vocals: wow. The lyrics might be too esoterical for some people to really get into, but that shouldn't matter. One of the best albums I've had the pleasure of purchasing. 5/5


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Blindguardian
March 6th 2005


186 Comments


I havent had a chance to hear this one yet, but I do have one of their earlier (first?) releases the self-titled. Its a really solid black metal album. The lyrics are all done in Norwegian (which I do not understand) and the production is fair (but then this is black metal) so if you take issue with those two things it might not be a good idea to buy this one

wikuk
October 13th 2006


1110 Comments


These guys are awesome. It's a shame that only a few people know them. Nice review by the way, although not giving a 5 for The Genuine Pulse is against my rules ;)

\m/Pete\m/
December 23rd 2006


26 Comments


i think gods of my world deserve 5...i love his voice

lanchege
June 4th 2007


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. Anything Borknagar puts out is a great release, this is one of their best.

robin2220
August 15th 2007


569 Comments


Judging from the albums I heard, I do no like this band.

rasputin
November 18th 2007


14544 Comments


not a bad review, recently got the album and I'm really enjoying it.

Hawks
March 11th 2008


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Probably my second favorite from them. Gods Of My World is one of their best songs ever.

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Thor
June 25th 2008


10192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The vocals in the verses of Gods of My World are flawless I tell you. Flawless.

Hawks
June 25th 2008


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree. Thats probably the best song on the album.

Willie
Moderator
June 25th 2008


15979 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My favorite album by these guys. I don't listen to this enough.

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Hawks
June 25th 2008


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is my second favorite after The Olden Domain.

TeamExcelcior
October 14th 2008


246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album causes me to be sexually aroused. I need to make my rating higher.

KYZAR
May 2nd 2009


513 Comments


massively sick

Hawks
May 2nd 2009


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking right. Album fucking slays.

Hawks
August 12th 2009


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm thinking this album is passing up The Olden Domain for my favorite Borknagar album. This shit is just too amazing.

Spag
October 7th 2012


1762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm dling this right now, I hope I love it because I've only heard Inherit the Earth and that song is really awesome.

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Spag
October 8th 2012


1762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok yeah this rules

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
March 21st 2013


1878 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another impressive album from Borknagar for me. Personal highlights are 'Matter and motion', 'Soul sphere' and 'The stellar dome'.

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CosmicPie
June 22nd 2014


1078 Comments


Band's impressive. Album's impressive.



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