Album Review


carsonstreet   3/7/2022   A Library, CD

“Myrkur” means “darkness” in Icelandic. Amalie Bruun (aka Myrkur) has always paved her own path, challenging underground preconceptions of heavy metal ever since the release of her debut Myrkur EP in 2014. With a distinct sense of Nordic isolation, Myrkur’s compositions are at once savage and delicate. Choral and folk elements abound, lending the music a mystical, legendary quality and an untouchable equilibrium between dark and light. This is a fantastic combination of Nordic folk and black metal. Amalie’s voice is angelic one minute and sounding like an infected hairball the next. From her website: she has ” recast black metal in the most personal yet expansive of terms, their blending of Amalie’s Danish folk roots with tempestuous internal struggles breathing new life into a subgenre whose followers can be rigidly possessive.”

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