Myrkur
Juniper


3.5
great

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (213 Reviews)
December 7th, 2018 | 46 replies


Release Date: 12/07/2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lana Del Wraith

The only people who care about the fact Myrkur continues manipulating black metal’s origins are the ones that no one is listening to anymore. Between the release of her debut album “M” and successor “Mareridt”, these puritans were shouting so loudly that It was impossible to ignore what the Danish multi-instrumentalist and songwriter was doing. Those that found her folky spells cast across black metal’s bleak and icy landscape worth their attention were richly rewarded with her ethereal singing and beautiful hooks, performed on ancient folk instruments, which frolicked around distorted guitars and thunderous drums. Not since Behemoth’s magnum opus “The Satanist” had extreme metal presented a vision so ready to stride into metal’s wider consciousness.

Following the widespread success of “Mareridt”, Myrkur now releases an EP which annoyingly does not start with the letter M, as the remainder of Myrkur’s discography does. Nevertheless, Amalie Brunn loses none of her alluring atmosphere across her latest release. Commencing in a seemingly light-hearted manner, the respiring violins in the title track take on a daunting tone when her dark vocals sinisterly detail treachery, banishment the cleansing of spirit while sudden torrents of string arrangements and soaring cries compose the chorus. “Bonden og Kragen” is an acoustic reinterpretation of a Danish folk song. Tenderly sung in its native tongue, the tale details how a peasant shoots a crow in the woods. After claiming the kill as his, the Church demands possession of the carrion, however, the peasant refuses and lists an exhaustive number of ways he will use his prize as an act of rebellion. Although the lyrics are incompressible unless you speak the language, Myrkur’s musical voice repeats certain phrases which are clearly relating to the peasant’s list as her musical tone continuously rises and falls atop the simplistic guitars.

Whilst “Juniper” is much like any other EP ever released- either an extension of an album or simply a collection of additional songs- it does hint at what the possible product of Myrkur’s anticipated third full length will sound like. Undoubtedly, Myrkur is not likely to sacrifice the sinister edge that makes her music sound so raw, but, expect a more centralised focus on clean vocals, the crucial aspect that makes her music so compelling. Myrkur strikes a balance between modernity and antiquity with such a level of professionalism and a profound sense of beauty in ways that only a few bands are capable of imitating.



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parksungjoon
December 7th 2018


9584 Comments


pos

was mareridt any kind of progression for her as a musician? i only heard the initial stuff and it was kinda... just there. peak 2.5 territory i guess

Hawks
December 7th 2018


73696 Comments


I love the last album, other stuff is average. Will jam this. Didn’t know something was coming out tbh.

parksungjoon
December 7th 2018


9584 Comments


good to hear

hawks u gonna review majestic mass?

Hawks
December 7th 2018


73696 Comments


I was actually just thinking about it lol. I have a few reviews in mind.

parksungjoon
December 7th 2018


9584 Comments


just heard that thanks to thespirit's soundoff and damn thats some shit right there we need a thread to discuss

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
December 7th 2018


16799 Comments


Sweet rev, Chamb. I thought of adding this to DB but thought it was a single. Anyway, only heard the first track and I like it but damn she does some crazy eyes material in the video.

Digging: Chelsea Wolfe - Birth of Violence

zaruyache
December 7th 2018


21393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'm nowhere near a bm puritan but I'm basically the leader of the hate brigade for this band lol. Band is just mediocre tripe marketed by a big label, literally the only reason anyone knows about it.



Also go check Vermilia [123]



/obligatory zaru post

Digging: Death Toll 80k - Step Down

parksungjoon
December 7th 2018


9584 Comments


"I'm nowhere near a bm puritan"

kinda debatable

budgie
December 7th 2018


13805 Comments


ya i feel ya zaru i checked out some myrkur stuff and got real bad vibes


Digging: Stop Suffering - Win

MikePornToy
December 7th 2018


35 Comments


I would fuck her

parksungjoon
December 7th 2018


9584 Comments


"I don't know why people got so worked up about her though."

what do you mean

also nice novelty account lol, whats portnoy up to these days

parksungjoon
December 7th 2018


9584 Comments


damn, ninja edit

MikePornToy
December 7th 2018


35 Comments


I thought I was logged into my real account and posted it.

zaruyache
December 7th 2018


21393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thats not portnoy thats a di--



Oh.

Eons
December 7th 2018


2408 Comments


It seems like her fans are majority girls who look like she does/try to look like her, and act like her. So in that sense, she is similar to Lana. Both are pretty boring musically as well. I do like that album cover. I wonder what kind of camera lens they used to take it?

parksungjoon
December 7th 2018


9584 Comments


@zaru whats the difference really



parksungjoon
December 7th 2018


9584 Comments


ffs people stop ninja sniping me

budgie
December 7th 2018


13805 Comments


"I wonder what kind of camera lens they used to take it?"

probably a glass 1

Eons
December 7th 2018


2408 Comments


The image looks filtered or edited in some way. Maybe she does it herself. I'd certainly like her more if that's the case. I am going to go look into it.


parksungjoon
December 7th 2018


9584 Comments


" I am going to go look into it."

lol



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