Myrkur – Folkesange

If you were to look in the right places and notice the right instances, it can be argued that certain black metal bands are making a transition to something much, much lighter in terms of content, theme, and overall ferocity. I’m not against it, personally, but it is perplexing, to say the least, given that plenty of those acts go in directions completely different while some try to keep it related to their previous work. I never once expected Myrkur to go down such a path, but it’s all throughout “Folkesange” that we get the folk elements brought to the stage with no metal whatsoever between all twelve songs, and it’s easily the most enchanting work for Myrkur to date.

Whether you like Myrkur or needlessly hate her, there’s no denying whatsoever that this woman has had a massive impact on the current black metal scene in some form be it positive or negative depending on who’s asking. She does solid work in my opinion but has never really crafted anything that I could fall in love with or listen to on a regular basis. That’s not to say that “Folkesange” is the sort of material that I could listen to day in and day out, but there’s no doubting in my mind whatsoever that this is everything that people crave for whenever they want Nordic-inspired folk works that really make you feel like you’re wandering the mountains of mythology, and Myrkur brings it to life beautifully and splendidly. We see a completely different side of this act that we’ve gotten the smallest glimpses of in the past, but it’s in every second of “Folkesange” that we get to see Myrkur stretch her talent in a way that we haven’t seen before, and it’s instantly gripping while having more than enough flavor to leave you enraptured to where there’s no doubt this album will leave a lasting impression. It breathes a surprisingly bright light upon the typically dark discography that Myrkur has flaunted up to now and it’s a more than welcome entry if you ask me, and I really do hope we get more of this side in the future from Myrkur in no small amount. All of “Folkesange” shows us that Myrkur refuses to sit still in one place for too long, and I can’t deny that even though this is an immeasurably far cry from any sort of metal, there’s no denying for me that the entirety of this album is definitely something to behold.

Where many bands make such a transition feel clunky or even uneventful at times, Myrkur does it with masterful precision all throughout even though I do believe this will be a one-off for the likes of Myrkur, but that doesn’t make any less interesting by any means in any form. There’s plenty to sink your teeth into for all of “Folkesange” and I can’t help but feel you’ll find me crawling back to this record like it’s an itch that’s never fully satisfied.

“Folkesange” releases on March 20th via Relapse Records!

PRE-ORDER “Folkesange” via multiple sources here.

LISTEN to singles from “Folkesange” on Bandcamp here.

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