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  • André Snyde Lopes

    Much better than M, in my opinion.

    • basenjibrian

      heck…I always said the same thing about Opeth. :)

      • RuySan

        No, if anything the less metal Opeth tries to be, the worse their albums are. She’s the Bizarro Opeth.

        • Brian Kelly

          Agree – but it’s impossible to listen to new opeth when you know the earlier cds because you hear where the heavy parts should be, and they don’t come, and you are missing them. And that also takes out the dynamics that they used to have so prominently. Now if you never heard the earlier cds, you could probably rightly? think they are just great.

  • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

    I’d like to think I get what’s the bog deal about, both musical, and extra-musical. But she continues to be mind-numbingly dull to me.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Love her!

  • h_f_m

    Listened to a few tracks, hooked! Thanks for this.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Actually really really love her. I hope she is the thin edge of the wedge for talented women getting into metal. The genre needs more women to bust the stereo types.
    Beauty brains black metal = metal queen
    All hail!

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Funny enough, I googled the expresion “thin edge of the wedge” and this is basically what I got: “A minor change that begins a major development, especially an undesirable one.”
      You only meant the “minor change” part, but I found it funny nonetheless.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        Yes you’re right in all regards!

  • Matthew

    Huge, huge step up from M. I reviewed her EP back when it was released and was very critical of it – I still think it’s fundamentally poorly written and executed. Her vocals, in particular, grated where someone like Neige’s soothed. M was an improvement, but still not as good as I knew she was capable of.

    To me, this is somewhere between a strong 8 and a light 9. I think what I enjoy most about it is that genre labels become almost entirely superfluous in describing and understanding it – it’s about the ideas, the emotions, the atmosphere, and those are all realised and created in ways that finally feel organic. And that’s something quite rare and profound, I think. She’s finally created an album that’s greater than the sum of its individual parts and influences. Easily one of my favourites so far this year.

    Also, interestingly, learned that the drums on this album are performed by Aaron Weaver of Wolves in the Throne Room, so that’s pretty cool.

    (Børnehjem should be nuked from orbit though, totally unlistenable with those pitch shifted vocals)

  • The Akerstache

    I never got the big deal with M, I couldn’t for the life of me get into it. This is something special though, I’m kind of in love.

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Such a tough album.
    First listen I was thrilled, but the sheen wore off pretty quickly.
    Ulvinde is killer but others like Crown sounds like a Lana Delrey knockoff.
    The spoken word pitch shifty creepy little girl piece is embarrassing. …..

    I’d give it a 2.5 just because I think she is capable of greatness.

    • RuySan

      I like Lana Del Rey, so that only spiked my interest even more.

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        I like Lana too….just not on a Myrkur album.

        • RuySan

          Apparently the love for Lana is common among satan worshippers like us

          • iiixf

            Lana reminds me of Debbie Harry & Blondie a lot, so there’s nothing shameful about liking her, it’s actually like listening to a younger Debbie …

        • RuySan

          And BTW, Lana Del Rey is like dinosaurs, she fits in everything and makes everything better.

        • Matthew Aide

          I like Lana because of Mazzy Star, and that is the same reason I love this album. I would have never thought you could combine those two sounds successfully. ‘M’ sounded like they were looking for a direction and this album sounds like they found it. I don’t remember the last time I listened to an album 10 times in a row.

  • RuySan

    I loved M despite the songwriting being somewhat pedestrian. The overall vibe and haunting vocals made it a throughly pleasant listening experience. If she evolves as a songwriter she’s destined for greatness.

    I really hated all the drama around her. As if there’s that much money to be made in metal for her to be such a poser. I Remember listening to a podcast where she was interviewed and she was so very laid back and unpretentious about most issues, which makes her much “truer” than any of those ridiculous “metal divas”. Women like Amalie and Britanny Slayes is what metal needs.

    • ssorg

      correction: “trver”

    • Tobias Hasselwander

      Meh I agree about Britanny Slayes she’s awesome.
      But Myrkur feels produced like a black metal pop star and doesn’t feel genuine, maybe I’m unfair but all that hype as the “one woman black metal band” and “the future of black metal” tottally turned me off.
      I get it it’s not her fault the label pushes that angle still I think that is what the whole drama came from.
      And it just started me off biased on the whole thing.

      But besides that I just find her stuff dull.

  • AndySynn

    As much as I wanted to like this album more (I was a big fan of both the EP and the debut album, despite their flaws) I’m afraid I found this one to be rather lacking overall. Far too many of the tracks feel undercooked or unfinished, and peter out without really going anywhere.

    Also, good lord the forced “edginess” of that last track would have been considered ill-advised on one of the lesser Korn albums. Cringeworthy.

  • h0ttentot

    Again I fail to see the appeal.

    • Oh yeah? Well I never liked Mega Man! That might be because I was horrible at it though…

      • RuySan

        Yep… I’m also much more of a myrkur guy than a mega man guy. Although I’ll take turrican over both any day.

      • h0ttentot

        Now you can use an emulator and save states. You’ll never die.

  • AngryMetalBird

    to be honest, I’m disappointed with this album. I really like Måneblôt by the way, it’s the best song on the album for me. Many of the others are boring and don’t really go anywhere. I can’t see myself listening to the whole thing in one go…. that’s all highly subjective of course

  • Wilhelm

    I listened to the first half and I think it’s brilliant in its atmospherics, even though the black metal elements provide an ingredient, rather than the base for her songs. The songs tend to be dark and roomy and the folksy bits support the metal parts quite well. This is already much better than M.

  • Grymm

    My chief complaint with Myrkur as a whole is she doesn’t fully develop the songs. There’s all these cool build-ups and suspenseful segues, and then the songs just… end. Like that. Good album, but not great.

    And what was she thinking with that last song?

    • Ein Sophistry

      The underdevelopment was the biggest gripe I had with M. I wanted to spend a lot more time in those songs, but they all just ended after a few minutes. It bothers me a little less on this album because the intersong transitions seem somehow smoother. It’s not quite to the point where it functions like a single track album, but there are some good multi-song chunks here.

    • Luca Popescu

      I couldn’t place what I didn’t like about her music, you should review music or something.

    • Gabriel PérezMolphe

      The post-rock syndrome (or post-anything), all those build-ups and crescendos need to be leading up somewhere to really have a point.

  • Scourge

    I don’t mind that creepy last track as it isn’t the last track on the deluxe CD, bonus track Death of Days is, which is a great ending song. Seems like a missed opportunity to not have included it as a proper album track… Overall, I’m very pleased with this album and don’t consider The Crown a weak song at all. My biggest complaint is probably that weak kick drum.

  • Jaime VG

    Dissapointing album. I loved M even though there are moments that are total Ulver rip off but I think the rustic production and her voice did a good job giving it a eerie and folky vibe. I just adore anything that has northern european folk melodies, like Storm or ‘Rosensfole’ by Agnes Buen Garnås & Jan Garbarek.

    In this album I hated right away the songs sung in english, I just don´t think it works for her, also those are the songs that are less folky. I cant stad Chelsea Wolfe´, so the collaboration to me is like listening to nails on a black board.

    I thought she was going to take the more folk route by using all those instruments on the youtube videos. The black metal tracks are still good but kind of lead nowhere. Closing track “Boernehjem” is a waste of space on a LP that is barely 40 min.

    I guess is a decent follow up but I wont be buying it. I don´t care about the drama, I think she honestly likes this kind of music, otherwise she is very stupid to think that there is money playing this style.

  • Akira Watts

    I rather liked M, and I have to say, having spent a weekend with this latest one, that I find myself liking it even more. What’s interesting is that I find the black metal-y bits to be the least compelling part of the album. The increased presence of folk elements, plus the doomier sounds that you can hear in the Chelsea Wolfe track (probably my favorite of the album) and elsewhere are what do it for me. Myrkur is going in a direction that, while it wasn’t what attracted me to her sound in the first place, is intriguing.

    I even find myself not hating that final track. At least when taken in the context of the rest of the album, it works for me.

    We’ll see how it stands up to repeated listens, but I’m quite happy with this one.

  • Your production paragraph is spot-on. Well done, sir! I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    And as you concluded, the album does suffer some because of it. They should have just stuck with a cleaner, dynamic production given her excellent vocals and the simple fact that the source material CLEARLY relies on melody and atmospherics to push it over the top.

    One could argue that they wanted the black bits as loud as possible in order to accentuate their effect on the listener. But to my ears, it does just the opposite. YMMV.

  • M was alright, but this one sounds a lot better. As a Chelsea Wolfe fan I like the direction she is going. Would be cool to have them on tour together next year. Randall Dun as producer was a good idea, but I agree about the loud black-metal parts (of which there aren’t a lot anyway). Dunno what happened there… I’m thinking a 3,5 or 4 right now, but I need to give it some more spins.

  • Kreegwaldo

    I really enjoy this album, more than M, my appreciation grows with each listen. The song writing on each track is spectacular.

    But, as an “album” it doesn’t feel cohesive at all. There’s the black metal songs, the folk songs, and the doom songs – she’s alternated them for variety but to me it’s more like a compilation. It’s kind of jarring sometimes the switch in styles, but this does seem more true to herself I think – she is just doing whatever she wants, which I can dig.

    It’s funny that you didn’t like Elleskudt though, that is my favourite song on the album, and favourite of all of hers. Whereas I kind of found Måneblôt “good but not great”, and The Serpent/doom songs “good but not great”. If she released an album that was half Elleskudt/Ulvinde and half De Tre Piker/Mareridt, it would be killer.

  • Luca Popescu

    The clean vocals at 2:46 on the embedded track are straight out of Grandmother Willow’s song from Pocahontas. “Listen with your heart, you will understand” the vocal melody is identical.

    • I just checked this out on YouTube. You are indeed correct sir! Pretty much identical.

    • Jaime VG

      Mindblown! As much as I liked her first album, she borrows too often from other sources.

    • basstard

      Haha well I had to google that, but wtf.. ripped from a Disney movie?

  • Fabio Danieli

    A 2.5 for me .chunks of sparse ideas… Some good but chunks

  • Fabio Danieli

    Reminds me a clock dva single… The dolly PIC

  • Fabio Danieli

    Combed and with hairy twat I think I Love Her… Conditions sine qua non: hairy pussy.

    • PanzerFistDominatrix

      I prefer my metal like I do my twats: tight and crisp.

    • Nathan McCain

      Tasteful use of Latin.

  • The Unicorn

    Im a fan. Nice review. She is inconsistent but very cool. I enjoy watching her evolve.

  • Shrümpelstiltskin

    I love Myrkur. One of my favorite albums released this year. She’s developing a really cool style.

  • Going by the comments, I see I’m not alone in thinking this album has something that M didn’t! Really liking this so far, and its willingness not to conform to any particularly genre…

  • Innit Bartender

    I still enjoy Mausoleum more than anything else.
    I know that if she stuck with that formula she would end up being another Enya/Tori clone, and I really want her to be a METAL figure, but still her scream vocals just don’t work for me.
    That said, she deserves all the respect she can get. It’s well past time we see more female artists in metal and not just the diva/siren/symphonic metal type.

  • Martin L

    Full circle back into doing bad pop music, disguised as edgy “post-whatever”. But hey, she’s cute, so that’s okay.

  • Brian Domijan

    FYI : I have the deluxe version of this album from I-tunes and it includes 4 more songs including another Chelsea Wolfe collaboration which is good song as well, but there is this other tune called “Loven” which is one of my favorites!!, as it has a rather interesting violin/electric guitar part harmonizing/playing off of each other that it also ends with….you have to hear it really!!….these songs really complete the album IMHO.

  • The Unicorn

    “Crown” sounds straight-up like a Lana Del Ray track. “Elleskudt” sounds like old Theatre of Tragedy. Fucking love it!!

  • Brian Kelly

    this is a pretty boring cd, maybe its not bad if you listen to music when you go to sleep. some of it is ‘beautiful’, sort of, but it also sounds very similar to each other and i cant imagine just sitting there and listening to this, it has to be background music. if you put it as background music in the witcher or skyrim, then thatd be just fine.

  • herrschobel

    well she really seems to make a lot of guys jump out of the bush and have some serious opinions … it´s a bit ridiculous…what if she was ugly as hell ?

    • Tobias Hasselwander

      I assume Relapse wouldn’t have cast her and someone else would be Myrkur ?

      • herrschobel

        so you are saying I T IS A SCAM ???????? god no !!!!

        • Tobias Hasselwander

          Nope she is trve kvlt.

  • basstard

    Neckbeards triggered!

  • AgonMcDuck

    I really wish I liked her stuff. I try, I really do. But none of it really sticks to me. She’s got talent, for sure, but most of the time it fails to translate into a song that I enjoy. Maneblot is the one song I like on the record, everything else is downright disposable. Even the Chelsea Wolfe collaboration bored me to tears, and as a fan of Chelsea Wolfe, that downright gutted me. :( (By the way, Hiss Spun is fantastic.)

  • Dark Self

    Well, she is quite overrated. The second song of M (the first heavy one) was quite something when I first listen to it. Still wondering how much fake effects are being it… But do I want to listen to M and its entirety often. Nope….

    Remove the beautiful girl doing black metal and your are left with not much.

    Was just commenting on Arch Enemy latest and the difference here is Myrkur music is far from solid while Arch Enemy musianship is carried by awesome musician who did it for over 2 decades……

    So will myrkur be the arch enemy of black metal? I don’t think so…