Battering its way into your brain, "Future Reminiscence" opens with an intense black metal anthemic cold winter soundscape complete with signature Borknagar lyrics. Extremely ambitious music the album is replete with folk passages, clean and death vocals, and lyrics that question the nature of the universe on a scientific and universal level. Hurtling quickly from light to dark "Traveller" explains that through numbers we might solve the space between nothingness and infinity that wisdom can come through the logical understanding of numbers. "Origin" challenges that mankind may understand the nature of the universe but still cannot control or understand its own natural instincts and mortality. The lyrical concepts remain dynamic throughout and are equaled by the constant challenge offered by the musical whirlwind. "Whirlwind" is a subtle interlude a graceful showcasing of BORKNAGAR's tension-fraught keyboards that trade-off their melody with guitars and drums together all painting a progressive metal picture. Epic demonstrates that the band have mastered their trade, have become a vivacious leader experimenting with and stretching the boundaries of music and sound.
Returning to Toproom Studios (Tristania, Winds) with Børge Finstad (Mayhem, Arcturus, Extol), who worked with the band on Empiricism, BORKNAGAR's sound has never been more dense in feel and breathtaking in singularity. The finishing touch is Asgeir Mickelson's arresting cover art representing the band's music by portraying the interconnectedness between the environment, technology and knowledge. Marked by an ever-changing metamorphosis, BORKNAGAR's sound has helped to form a genre while constantly redefining itself.