Myrkur | M (Relapse)

myrkur 75M has the classic formula and understands its roots, but builds off that in an original and awe-inspiring way.

 

 

 

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Surprisingly controversial, Myrkur has sent ripples through the metal scene since her debut EP. Using traditional and nontraditional vocal styles for her music, Amalie Bruun has challenged what many metal heads consider to be “black metal.” Her latest album, M, tells a story of revenge and retribution, with much respect to the use of Danish lyrics.

Right out of the gate we’re given an epic track that erupts with an excellent use of strings, and it really sets the stage for the rest of the album. Something that immediately struck me was the difference in vocal styles provided for the entire album. The use of angelic vocals in contrast with low-produced black metal shrieks is an interesting combination that shakes up the traditional black metal formula. Specifically, that contrast is what really sets Myrkur apart from other black metal outfits that flood the genre today. Produced by the legendary Kristoffer Rygg (also known as Garm of Ulver) and joined by other artists of the same status, like Øyvind Myrvoll of Nidingr and Teloch of Mayhem, there’s still a classic black metal sound and sense to many tracks on the album. The style of production, blast beats, and tremolo-picked guitars aid the blackened terror of Myrkur. Because of this, the rest of the album flows well, and it complements the story being told.

I felt extremely satisfied listening to this album. It’s a well-planned and heartfelt (for black metal) album that respects the culture. It has the classic formula and understands its roots, but builds off that in an original and awe-inspiring way.

Life isn’t completely black, and with revenge comes bliss. Myrkur flawlessly provides such a story. B | Marcus Mercer

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