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  • AndySynn

    Interesting. I literally JUST submitted my own review for publication and then, lo and behold, this pops up in my Facebook feed.

    • You complete us.

      • AndySynn

        Marry me?

        • What are we looking at dowry-wise?

          • AndySynn

            A whole heap o’ camels.

          • Now, does Islander pay that, or how does this work?

          • I don’t really care who pays, but I want those damn camels!

          • You should care. Traditionally is the bride family the one giving the dowry. This will define the entire matrimony ;)

          • D’OH!

          • AndySynn

            I’m pretty sure that basically makes you my property.

            Patriarchy, bitch!!!

          • I signed up for camels, not sodomy and lust!

          • Kronos

            I want a camel too.
            Nobody’s gay for Kronos…

          • AndySynn

            Whoa, slow your roll there son… surely you’re paying me to take Steel off your hands?

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            What the fuck did I just walk into?

          • Go back to your room!

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            *stomps off pouting*

  • El_Cuervo

    Looking forward to this lil thing. If only to piss off the kvltists who rave that she isn’t a trve metalhead.

    • Oh most certainly this.

    • Alexandre Barata

      Also she’s trvely hot!

      • basenjibrian

        Dat Photo Dere!

      • Here’s Johnny

        uh oh theres a fuckboy in town.

    • Luke_22

      Pissing off the kvltists is what it’s all about. Plus it’s actually pretty damn good.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    An interesting review and score. All the Trve Kvlt-mumble-jumble and outcries taken away I thought this was one of the most boring albums I have heard all year.

    • Luke_22

      No doubt this will polarise listeners more than most metal albums released this year. I enjoyed it more than I expected. Something clicked and the different elements kept me coming back.

  • hardysponge

    I found the EP interesting and refreshing, so looking forward to the full album. And more women in BM can only be a good thing.

  • Grymm

    What little of this I’ve heard has me intrigued.

    But I really, REALLY want to purchase her cover of Bathory’s “Song to Hall Up High”. It’s not often that a song brings me to tears like that.

    • You’re no little fighter.

      • Grymm

        That was a weak retort.

        You should have gone with “Little child… dry your cryin’ eyes”.

        #Tramp2016

    • Luke_22

      Thanks Grymm I’ll have to check that out. This won’t be for all tastes obviously but definitely recommend listening to the whole album.

      • Grymm

        It’s on YouTube. Can’t miss it, and it’s beautiful.

        • Just heard it, everybody really needs to shut up about her “metal cred”

          • Grymm

            Exactly this.

            I really don’t care if she’s one half of an indy pop band from New York. If she writes good metal, I’m down. She writes good metal, and her clean singing is utterly ethereal.

        • Luke_22

          Spot on Grymm, that was indeed a special rendition. Would have actually fit quite nicely on the album. Cheers for the heads-up.

        • JMoherPerc

          Hands down, the most beautiful song I’ve heard all year, and one of the best covers I’ve ever heard.

    • I had no shame and ripped it from the tube but they should put that one on bandcamp. I would pay a dollar for the FLAC file.

      • Grymm

        Yes. Yes. Yes.

        I think this would have been a great cover to close out M.

      • Joe

        I ripped it from the ‘tube and I did a quick (shoddy) mix with with the original just to satisfy my curiosity. I enjoy it, personally. They line up really well and round each other out, like the two versions (original and cover) were waiting to be joined.

        I would totally pay for an official copy of the track, though.

    • Wilhelm

      It was a good idea, but would have been more effective if a piano or acoustic (like the original) was used. Jennie Tebler’s version is still superior.

      • Grymm

        I can see why Jennie Tebler’s version is quite special to people, seeing as how she’s Quorthon’s sister. I honestly prefer Myrkur’s version, though. I have a thing for great a cappella.

  • Dennis Thomsen

    Sadly, this tends to have a comparable relation to how radio pop bands and the ilk are manufactured and constructed by record labels, and given all the dressings of something an entire genre previously worked years to build up and define and is now being exploited with some fairly over ambitious praising via fancy talk in reviews and most ridiculously the little sticker sales pitch that tends to be slapped on album covers these days.
    Is this really how we want our music crafted and then sold to us now? The fashion realm and the radio pop rock realm were places I avoided my entire life cause I never needed to be manipulated as a consumer… and yet look where it finally has penetrated, the last bastion of art if you will. The previously ugly realm of metal hahaha
    Why can’t Garm make another metal album of his own? …cause this womans beautiful smile was a hard offer to resist plus the labels financial offer may have been nice.
    These are the accusations of the ‘real metal heads’ …since there was mentioned in some previous comments a desire to anger them for some ridiculous reason. Guess really the only thing so called real metal heads want is honesty and sincerity… kind of like buying off discogs or ebay, you hope the seller actually sends your order, I want the labels to release real albums of real bands.

    • Do you know her? You can call out sincerity just by hearing the music? Relapse’s marketing ploy may be totally disingenuous but I know nothing of hers or Garm’s motives to make the heinous assumptions about them you’re making. Just listen to the music. Like it or not. All the other bullshit scene politics don’t matter at fucking all.

      • Dennis Thomsen

        See, that’s the thing, we all know Garm, where he came from, how much work it took to get there via a progression of many albums… and who is this supposedly new genius black metal babe again and where did she come from? A dane living in the states. It’s all ridiculous.

        • Sure, it’s so ridiculous to even DARE to invade the hugely successful and superpopular Black Metal scene coming from another lame musical background. And THE GALL to also look easy on the eyes.

      • AndySynn

        Just… don’t. Don’t engage. He’s already decided that this is not “real”, and therefore anyone who likes it is not a “real metalhead”.

        This guy has all his reasons laid out, and clearly doesn’t see them as personal interpretation, but as fact. And you’re not going to convince him otherwise. The reviews are apparently all disingenuous. Garm has apparently sold out. Metal has been “penetrated”. Only “false metalheads” like this, so if you like it you are “false”.

        • Oh I’m not really trying to change his mind. I just like calling out bullshit when I see it.

  • Doomdeathrosh

    I have to say I am completely taken over by her vocals, especially the cleans. There is quite something about combining piano segments with fast-paced black metal!

  • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

    Much like the last one, not too fond of the music but her clean vocals are quite nice. Then again I don’t like the Alcest-core movement overall. Good review though!

  • Thatguy

    Don’t care if it kvlt or not either, but the embedded track is harmonically and structurally trite.

  • Lasse Momme

    Seriously, one of the few danish metal acts going to day I am actually proud of saying are danish.

    • [not a Dr] Gonzalo Salazar

      … King Diamond.

  • Matthew

    Looking forward to hearing this. I liked the *idea* behind her EP, but as you note the songwriting just wasn’t there in places, with some really awkward transitions and other issues. Seems like this delivers on the premise.

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  • basenjibrian

    I think this is pretty awesome. The transition between the intro choral-y stuff and the black metal tract on the pre-order version was rather…abrupt, but maybe in a good way.

  • PanzerFistDominatrix

    A thought:

    I’m a Dane myself, but when you guys that listen to black metal from Scandinavia, and don’t speak Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, do you try to translate song titles/lyrics? Maybe you don’t care?

    “Skøgen skulle dø” means the ‘the whore had to die’,”Hævnen” means ‘the revenge’ and “Onde børn” means ‘evil children’.

    Anyway, just wondering… :-)

    • Personally, I just chuckle /chortle to myself while trying to pronounce them out loud. I am not a smart person.

      • PanzerFistDominatrix

        I’d say you ain’t that far from what it’s supposed to sound like :-)

    • Luke_22

      I guess I should, but I rarely do delve into the translations. Plus the words and symbols just look really cool if I’m being honest. Interesting to hear them though so thanks for the insight.

      • PanzerFistDominatrix

        Thanks for replying.

        ‘Myrkur’ is kinda Roman letters adapted to look like Nordic runes. Here’s a transliteration:

    • [not a Dr] Gonzalo Salazar

      Just like when I listen to songs in English.
      To my hispanic-frenchified ears, it all sounds like “Yeah! Baby! Rock’n’Roll!” and it’s awesome.
      That’s what english lyrics are about, isn’t it?

      • PanzerFistDominatrix

        Whether English stilton, Spanish manchego, French brie or Danish blue… 95% of all metal lyrics are cut from the same wheel of cheesy lameness, worn clichés of their respective subgenre.

        But hey, I sang along to Cannibal Corpse yesterday. Doesn’t matter what retarded stuff they wrote down on paper, I will lip-sync to whatever Chris Barnes mumbled. Indeed, “yeah baby, rock’n’roll!” could be the actual lyrics in the chorus on ‘I Cum Blood’, who knows…

        • PanzerFistDominatrix

          Almost forgot, when speaking of Barnes… Cheese Full of Maggots!

  • Meriyas

    Hey guys, I’ve been reading your reviews on here for about a year now and I’ve enjoyed every single one. AMG is just about the only source that I trust. I thought I’d finally join in on some of the discussions here and I’d like to start by saying thank you to all of you, AMG staff and fellow readers.

    As for this album, I really enjoyed listening to it on the first run. The vocals really stand out and the run time is super digestible. I was surprised when it ended, these sorts of albums are usually padded out to twice the length.

    • Luke_22

      Thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed the album and have decided tk join in the commenting fun. I dig how punchy and concise the length is, great for replay value

  • basenjibrian

    OK. The full album has arrived from Bandcamp. I am an aging mild mannered minor bureaucrat. Why again should I care what the purists say. I am too old to be a Kult Kid anyway. This rocks! She is a great songwriter. Pure and simple.

  • peasantwizard

    Holy shit. Ladies get a pass on clean vocals. Incredible stuff

  • This was a pretty good album, but the song writing does need some work. The songs go from folkneoclassical to average black metal to folkyneoclassical again. I can’t wait to hear what bruun does in the future with this project. Also loved that garm produced it, even if I didn’t like how how it sounds when she screams (production, not her actual scream).