Quintessence (Borknagar album)

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Quintessence
BorknagarQuintessence.jpg
Studio album by
Released17 April 2000
RecordedJanuary 2000
StudioThe Abyss (Pärlby, Sweden)
GenreBlack metal, progressive metal
Length43:28
LabelCentury Media
ProducerBorknagar, Peter Tägtgren
Borknagar chronology
The Archaic Course
(1998)
Quintessence
(2000)
Empiricism
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]

Quintessence is the fourth studio album by Norwegian metal band Borknagar. It was recorded at The Abyss Studios in January 2000 and mixed by Peter Tägtgren.

According to the members of the band, this album was initially meant to be a relatively straightforward black metal release, as indicated by the production quality and the emphasis on harsh vocals rather than clean singing.

Vocalist Simen "ICS Vortex" Hestnæs plays bass guitar on the album, following the departure of former bassist Kai K. Lie prior to recording sessions for the album. Original keyboardist Ivar Bjørnson and drummer Eric "Grim" Brødreskift were also replaced by Lars A. Nedland and Asgeir Mickelson respectively. Quintessence would also be the last Borknagar album to feature Hestnæs, who left to join Dimmu Borgir (reportedly due to an ultimatum on Øystein Brun's part), until his return in 2010.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Rivalry of Phantoms"Øystein G. BrunBrun4:36
2."The Presence Is Ominous"BrunBrun4:55
3."Ruins of the Future"BrunBrun4:55
4."Colossus"Asgeir MickelsonICS Vortex4:27
5."Inner Landscape" (instrumental) Lars A. Nedland2:51
6."Invincible"BrunBrun4:25
7."Icon Dreams"BrunBrun4:32
8."Genesis Torn"MickelsonBrun5:16
9."Embers" (instrumental) Brun1:26
10."Revolt"BrunBrun6:05
Total length:43:28

Personnel[edit]

Borknagar[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hundey, Jason. Quintessence review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-06.

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