Norwegian avant-garde metallers BORKNAGAR will release their eleventh studio album, "True North", on September 27. The official music video for the disc's second single, "Up North", created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight13Media, can be seen below.
Øystein G. Brun comments: "'Up North' being the brainchild of I.C.S. Vortex, we gave his longtime friend Costin Chioreanu the full artistic freedom to make a video for the song. The only requirement from the band's side was that we wanted visual representation and empowerment of the lyrics. Over seasonal changes, the lyrics deal with the circle of life, to constancy of energy in the universe and the fact that we are all stardust that momentary comes together to be you, me and everybody else on this vast and wondrous planet.
"We are truly impressed by Costin's work! The way the visuals play around with the lyrical themes is a stroke of genius. This is art in the true sense of the word, where hard work, passion, heart and soul has made this a glorious piece of captivatinge eye-candy. We love it!"
Chioreanu adds: "'Up North' stole my heart from the very first listen. It's probably the best song I ever worked with, both in terms of music and lyrics. It was so strange, when I started to read the lyrics, it seemed like were written by somebody studying my latest life experiences. Not only that — many years ago a native American shaman recommended me to follow the North Star. I guess, with 'Up North' I got even closer!"
The follow-up to 2016's "Winter Thrice", "True North" was once again mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.
BORKNAGAR is (from left to right in photo):
Øystein G. Brun - Clean and Electric Guitar
Lars A. Nedland - Keys and Vocals
ICS Vortex - Bass and Vocals
Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow - Drums
Jostein Thomassen - Lead Guitar