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4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Infinite Sound ,

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.

TC HC Veteran ,

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.

Grimmelwolf ,

Great EP!

Ethereal female voice meets primitive black metal!

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