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Album Review

Following the tradition of semi-anonymous one-person black metal bands, Danish black metal entity Myrkur surfaced in 2014 with this self-titled debut EP, the work of a sole Scandinavian woman. Though the seven songs dig deep into the middling fidelity, tormented blastbeats, and over-the-top darkness of some of black metal's greatest names (early Burzum, Emperor, Ulver) much of the album also embraces a gentler side of the dread and wonder found in nature. "Frosne Vind" is an entirely acoustic composition, playing courtly melodies while a host of haunted choral voices sweep in overtop with a medieval melody. It's only moments until the metal chaos returns, however, and tunes like standout track "Nattens Barn" perfectly blend the two worlds of graceful, icy ambience and all-out hellish black metal wailing.

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Promising

I'll freely admit to having been slightly sucked into the pre-release hype on this record, so if you detect a note of disappointment in my review, that's partly just my wild expectations being dashed on the rocks of reality.

First and foremost, I think this is a very good, and likely important, record. Myrkur has successfully melded the ambient and ethereal sounds of something like Cocteau Twins with several of the musical signatures of black metal (blast beats and tremolo picking). Her clean singing (which is probably 75% of the vocals) is angelic, and several of the slower, acoustic parts have a distinctly medieval slow to them (I swear I detect both Greensleeves and Scarborough Fair in Frosne Vind and Ulvesangen). This feels new, fresh, and exhilarating. The metal parts show similar inventiveness, with shifting tempos and non-clichéd chord progressions.

Unfortunately, this record is marred by inconsistent production. After several listens, I convinced that the volume is uneven to the point of distraction. Worse, the metal sections somehow sound both too muddy and too thin. Frankly, much of the record sounds like a demo tape.

Additionally, I think many if the songs stop just short of true greatness. There several amazing riffs that sound like they're headed someplace completely mind-blowing that just kind of peter out and fail to turn the corner.

I think this record shows incredible promise, and I hope Myrkur will reach for the next run by releasing a full LP that exhibits her full potential.

Great EP!

Ethereal female voice meets primitive black metal!

Myrkur

Myrkur is an impressive debut album by this solo female black metal artist. The album balances beauty and brutality. Songs are cold and relentless, creating that sinister ambient mood that is typical of black metal. But it also uses beautiful melodies to add a whole new element to the music.

Biography

Born: 2014 in Denmark

Genre: Death Metal/Black Metal

Years Active: '10s

Myrkur is the one-woman atmospheric black metal project of Danish songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Amalie Bruun. The word "Myrkur" is Icelandic and translates to English as "darkness." Born in Copenhagen in 1985, Bruun has been an active studio and touring musician since 2006, has released two albums and various EPs under her own name (none of which were black metal), and is a member of the pop duo Ex Cops. She has also been a fashion model, most notably in the Bleu de Chanel ad directed...
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