Ulvinde

Time to catch up on some more of this years Damnation line up for the forthcoming weekend. This time I’ll take a punt on Danish musician Amalie Brunn’s band better known as Myrkur. 

Much like the previous piece of homework in the shape of Nails it’s yet another band where I’ve seen the Blair Witch looking logo on regular intervals and read many good reviews. I’ve also read a lot of poor reviews, so they definitely seem to be one of those marmite kind of bands. 

I saw the name mentioned within the black metal genre which was a bit of an instant reason for me to not bother with it. Recently though I saw someone from a more hardcore background anticipating the release of recent album Mareridt so when I decided to do theses little scraps of homework Myrkur had to be one of the participants. 

Having listened to Mareridt once I think I need to listen to it again to form a coherent opinion of it. The first run through the 40 minutes has left me much more perplexed about the whole thing. 

The opening track is pretty much just vocals reminiscent of something Enya or Clannad might have put their name to. When Måneblôt kicks in with its Dark Throne style primal black metal blasts things get odd. Once the pace slows and something more folky interrupts briefly before more black metal rumblings bring it to a conclusion. 

From my limited knowledge of the black metal and folk metal genres, this album seems to amalgamate most of the styles of music that the Scandinavian countries have been renowned for within the extreme music scene over the last few decades. 

It’s not something I’d have willing purchased on a music buying trip, but thanks to the nominal outlay to Spotify each month its something I can get a handle on risk free. I’ll definitely be giving it another listen, and for comparison reasons I’ll give debut album M from 2015 a listen. But I don’t know if it’s because I actually like it or more from curiosity. 

Myrkur are second on the main stage and clash with Beyond Creation pummelling the fourth stage with their progressive death metal. I’ve seen neither band live so I’ll try to catch some of the Canadian’s set if the atmospherics of Myrkur don’t keep my attention for the whole duration. 


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