MYRKUR's Mareridt Out Today On Relapse Records
Renowned Danish composer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, MYRKUR, finally releases her stunning and highly awaited sophomore album ,Mareridt, today via Relapse Records.
On 'Mareridt' (translation: Nightmare), MYRKUR explores deeper into the mysterious and the feminine with 11 songs that further progress her visionary blend of metal with gorgeous, stirring melodies, dark folk passages, choral arrangements and superb, horrific beauty. The conceptual masterpiece includes lyrics in multiple languages, an unforgettable collaboration with Chelsea Wolfe and an array of special instrumentation including violin, mandola, folk drums, nyckelharpa (an ancient Swedish key harp), and Kulning (an ancient Scandinavian herding call).
Like a marriage of King Diamond's 'Them' with Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake', 'Mareridt' is a carefully composed concept freed from genre - a profound manifestation of nightmares that demonstrates MYRKUR as one of the truly exceptional artists of our time. The compositions sweep into one another like a soundtrack designed to guide the listener through emotional turmoil. Timeless, triumphant, powerful and hypnotic, 'Mareridt' is a sonic nightmare that you never want to escape.
Amalie Bruun - all instruments and composition.
Directed By Mats Ek
Photo Credit: Daria Endresen
"Bruun's singing voice is beautiful... her delivery, full of sustaining notes that subtly decay, is reminiscent of choral music - with all the ritualism, religiosity and awe it entails" NPR
" Myrkur shifts from dreamy to nightmarish with a whip-cracking intensity" FACT
"Your Gothic Folk Black Metal Fix" NOISEY
"a musically eclectic, haunting journey that combines elements of black metal, Scandinavian folk, doom, goth and soundtrack music in a way that's skewed, scary and seductive" REVOLVER
"Bruun's elegant voice offers a reprieve from the darkness" LOUDWIRE
"It's not specifically black metal and it's not specifically choral music; it's just Myrkur" METAL INJECTION
"an album that demands your attention. Not since The Satanist has extreme metal presented a vision so ready to stride into metal's wider consciousness. Amalie has created a portal into a world torn apart by light and darkness, and what is left might just be the finest metal album of 2017, and one of the greatest albums of recent times."
"the voice of a fallen angel, soundscapes as if made to make a full moon disappear...To whom did Myrkur sell her soul for this impressive album?" ROLLING STONE (DE)
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