With its acoustic sounds the last Borknagar output was a more or less quiet one but with “Universal” the Norwegian guys are back at full force. Along with Borknagar are again two former companions: Jens Ryland (g) and Jan Erik Tiwaz (b). Thus, Borknagar show what they can do best: Capturing the spirit of Black Metal and forge it into timeless compositions which do not know any genre boundaries. You find here raging blastbeat parts together with quiet acoustic parts in the same song, as well as harsh growls together with clean, melodic vocals. This is how Black Metal should be and it shows once again, how Black Metal sounded in the beginning: self-realisation, accepting no rules - being different from the rest. And that`s what Borknagar are still standing for!