Ever since the inception of Myrkur’s eponymous debut years ago, this woman had my attention and interest. Despite all the stuff surrounding her and her work, I personally couldn’t give two shits about it, and I’m thankful for that because it’s allowed me to continuously see how Myrkur has evolved as a metal artist from her first steps. It’s been a journey, no question, and it’s all led to this record that is without a doubt everything that I’ve ever wanted to hear from Myrkur, and I know many others feel the same way, and I also know that this is without a doubt the most grandiose piece this woman has ever created.
The style that Myrkur has become known for is a variety of black metal that tosses in folk metal as well as atmospheric elements to really bring things out that truly takes an effort to implement. All of these things were evident on the first two full-lengths from Myrkur to varying degrees, but her sophomore effort was evidently better than her debut. Thankfully, a trend has been made! Coming off of her promising second, the third album of “Mareridt” is easily the most impressive effort that Myrkur has put out. Not only does Myrkur bring a higher quality of black metal to the table that’s still not quite my cup of tea, but it mixes so well with everything else. And what is everything else? It’s all the atmosphere and folk that Myrkur has promised for years, and it all comes to a head with “Mareridt”. The Danish artist seems to have taken her heritage and implemented into her music to a great extent where the folk elements and the black metal meet perfectly to create something that can’t just be considered pagan metal or what have you. Myrkur manages to surpass such labeling with “Mareridt” and I couldn’t be any happier about it because no matter how you try to describe them this can only be described as Myrkur with this record. This record is a great trip through a murky land that’s perpetually shrouded in mist, and you’re constantly hearing a call. The call changes from a siren’s chant to a death cry that echoes through the end. That’s the sense that Mykur has created with “Mareridt” and it couldn’t have been pulled off any better. It’s simply ethereal and dissonant in every sense, and it’s a sign that Myrkur is starting to master the style that she has been doing for years now . . . if she hasn’t already.
Few other artists have generated such “controversy”, hate, as well as unfair criticism for just creating music, and that’s something I appreciate about Myrkur. She couldn’t give less a fuck, and because of that we’re given a career that has led up to this momentous record. It’s incredibly ambitious what Myrkur has done, and now she can once more enjoy the fruits of her labors. Yet this fruit is sweeter than anything she’s crafted before, and it goes by the name of “Mareridt” and it is a very sweet treat indeed.
“Mareridt” releases on September 15th via Relapse Records!
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