Myrkur – M

Well this a bit of a controversial one to say the least. It seems Amilie Bruun a model and pop musician has rustled some feathers when she decided to do a Black Metal project. There are some pretty scathing reviews out there which are quite amusing. A tag that is following Myrkur (her Pseudonym here) around is “Hipster Black Metal” when the most ironic thing is from where I’m standing is that it’s the hipsters who are shouting the loudest against her while completely ignoring the fact that members of Mayhem and Ulver were involved in making the album.

Anyway I really like it! It’s Black Metal at its most palatable but I don’t see it as a bad thing, if Archgoat or Revenge is more your thing then there’s really nothing for you here but if you like a bit of atmosphere and a bit of dare I say it melody Myrkur is well worth a try. The album has this haunting, melancholy doom feel to it, with wonderfully beautiful moments. There are some multilayered operatic vocals and some piano parts and then it goes completely to the other end of the spectrum and has blast beats and some genuinely chilling screeching vocals! I kid you not I’ve listened to this while travelling to work early in the morning when it’s still dark and misty and the screams have actually caught me off guard and made me jump! Some of the songs feel incomplete and some song end when it feels like they didn’t really begin but as a whole the album works.

The best way I can describe the sound is to look at the album cover, it brings to mind a modern version of the original Black Sabbath album cover. It captures the atmosphere of the sound perfectly. It’s a soundtrack to a walk on a dark misty night (or morning) in the woods. It’s haunting, beautiful but with an underlying threat the woods can be a scary place especially when you lose your bearings. During a discussion with a friend I said “Imagine if Enya made a metal album” I think that pretty much sums it up!

People can go back and forth; Black Metal is just as subjective as any other genre. Not so long ago I interviewed Seidermann, the bass player of 1349. When we spoke about how he discovered Black Metal and what made him want to play it he spoke about when he was given the first Burzum album by a friend at school I quote “There was something going on with the feeling in the music. I could listen and close my eyes and I could hear and see the mountains. I could see the landscape and I would get this feeling of “This is it” well that’s how I feel when I play this album. It works for me and trust me songs like Dybt I Skoven” and “Onde Born” will ring in your head for days!

  1. Skøgen Skulle Dø
  2. Hævnen
  3. Onde Børn
  4. Vølvens Spådom
  5. Jeg Er Guden, I Er Tjenerne
  6. Nordlys
  7. Mordet
  8. Byssan Lull
  9. Dybt I Skoven
  10. Skadi
  11. Norn
  12. Skaði (Demo) (Bonus Track)

Reviewer: twansibon
Sep 21, 2015

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