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REVIEW OF THE DEBUT ALBUM OF MYRKUR – “M”

Track list:

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.Skaði
11.Norn

Under the name MyrKur is Amelie Bruun a musician from Denmark.She is also songwriter and vocalist who play from little age classical violin and piano.Her debut album “M” is a 37 minutes project, she wanted to put this under the label of black metal genre but I think is something more.The album has many influences from symphonic,folk metal and atmospheric doom metal.As she said she is a fan of Tchaikovsky and she believes this classic composer had in his music fragile moments but also brutal and dramatics.

The band Myrkur  is one woman project but in this album are musician like Teloch from Mayher Nidingr on guitar and Oyvind Myrvoll on drums,also additional horn strings and traditional Scandinavian instrument players.All the vocals ,the main guitar,bass,piano are from Amelie.

The music on  “M” consists on some Scandinavian traditional black metal formulas with a mix of other elements and various effects.The album is an incredibly strong project with catchy eleven pieces full of depressed and gloomy atmosphere plus the aggressive moments under the screamed vocals.The instrumental work is full of inspiration,guitar work is thick and heavy with some emotional and powerful riffs.The voice gives off a strong sense of grief,sadness but also a scream from a tomb. The more interesting is that she recorded her vocals inside the Vigeland Mausoleum.This mausoleum is a grave with dark painting on the walls and except the whole magical atmosphere  is that it has 11-15 seconds of natural reverb and in low temperature. Amelie has managed to put together the black metal sound with the folk metal but also with very much doom metal elements.It was very good choice to make music that the orchestration has not an instrument to lead over other.The collection of the songs is great with excellent moments in ”  Nordlys”, “Hævnen”,”Jeg Er Guden, I Er Tjenerne” , “Skøgen Skulle Dø” and the haunting Byssan Lull.

Lets see track by track the review of the album:

1.Skøgen Skulle Dø

The track opens with the haunting voice of Amelie and beautiful choir,The orchestration is powerful with folk elements under strong drums and after almost 2 minutes the screaming vocals enter like storm.The bass work is excellent and the sound effects perfect!

RUNNING TIME: 5.17

RATING : 9.5

2.Hævnen

Strong doom guitar riffs start the track ,the brutal vocals continue with clean voice between.Atmospheric black metal with traditional folk elements.

RUNNING TIME: 3.23

RATING : 9.5

3.Onde Børn

Under the excellent orchestration and thumping drums enters the deep emotional voice of Amelie.One masterpiece and whatever effects she used her vocals help achieve that perfectly.

RUNNING TIME: 4.29

RATING : 9.5

4.Vølvens Spådom

Ethereal vocals in this small piece.1.37 minutes but a perfect music bridge.

RUNNING TIME: 1.37

RATING : 9.5

5.Jeg Er Guden, I Er Tjenerne

A beautiful track gloomy and aggressive in the same time,very haunting,melancholic but not at all bored or monotonus.

RUNNING TIME: 4.03

RATING : 9.5

6.Nordlys

Melodic piano with heavenly choral continue the concept before to start the next power song.

RUNNING TIME: 2.15

RATING : 9.5

7.Mordet

Strong guitar riffs with heavy sound of drums and brutal vocals with progressive sound effects,

RUNNING TIME: 3.41

RATING : 9.5

8.Byssan Lull

The album calm down again with this track under the sound of piano the clean melodic and fantastic voice of Amelie enters with folk medieval sound.

RUNNING TIME: 2.38

RATING : 9.5

9.Dybt I Skoven

Doom riffs ,beautiful vocals like a light behind the fog.

RUNNING TIME: 3.09

RATING : 9.5

10.Skaði

Stormy sounding drums enter with aggressive growls.In the path of black metal with the weaves of the clean voice and choir.

RUNNING TIME: 4.29

RATING : 9.5

11.Norn

Catchy melodic piano coming very softly with some lovely piano work for soothing and relaxes you before the end of the album.What is your feeling??I want more!!

RUNNING TIME: 2.17

RATING : 9.5

Finally “M” is a very strong album.Pretty much everything is done right.Just imagine what the next album will turn out like.For me it was a unexpectable surprise  ,this album made me to dream,lost with the imagination in other world ,in other reality and enjoy the sound trip .Highly recommended to all !

RATING : 9.5/10

For more info on Myrkur visit their website http://www.myrkurmusic.com or their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/myrkurmyrkur

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