Metal and all its sub-genres are highly influenced by historical, religious and mythological motifs. Mythological references can be found in every single Metal style – from Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal or Grindcore to Heavy Metal, Pagan/Folk Metal or Power Metal. They are integrated in artworks, songs, lyrics and appearances of bands, scenes and labels all over the world.
Borknagar is a progressive Black Metal band from Bergen, Norway, and was founded in 1995. The band combines elements of Black, Pagan and Folk Metal to a quite unique sound. The current line-up includes some Metal veterans with Øystein G. Brun (Cronian, ex-Molested), Vintersorg (Vintersorg, Fission), Lars A. Nedland (Solefald, ex-Carpathian Forest), Jens F. Ryland (ICS Vortex) and ICS Vortex (ex-Dimmu Borgir, Arcturus, ICS Vortex). In addition the drums and percussions on Urd were performed by David Kinkade (Soulfly, ex-Malevolent Creation). To this day they have released nine studio albums (and one best of release) with Urd being the latest one – released in 2012.