Myrkur – Mareridt (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Myrkur - Mareridt - Album CoverAmalie Bruun and her alma mater Myrkur are on the loose again. I can already hear the haters’ black tongues wagging away at her metal credentials. “Pop girlie gone Black Metal has no reason to exist…” – and so on and so forth. Nonetheless she does exist and gains maturity as her endeavor soars along these icy, black and dreary landscapes. She started off with a first self-titled EP that already sent some shock waves all about the metal planet.

M – the début full length album – raised expectations for future offerings big time. And it is against this winner of the 2015 Top 10 Records that Mareridt measures against. A mighty task as always, and I wonder if the record will cut it.

To add insult to injury, Myrkur faces this dangerous booby trap of the dreaded sophomore full length album. Many bands shipwrecked badly on that cliff after a stellar début. And again: It is expectations – imagined or real – that drive fan acceptance. Also, a somewhat cloudy and subjective idea of what ‘improvements’ consist of. To that point, most bands feel the urge for dramatic change at some time. Lest all things will be lost and the audience will throw them to the wolves. Right? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: Immured by Cyclocosmia!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Cycloscopia - Immured - Album CoverSometimes alternative universes show up in the RockmusicRaider review pipeline that persist. And continue to haunt you throughout your day until you give in and write about it. The band Cyclocosmia in all its spidery glory is one of those. They just unleashed their latest EP Immured this January 2017.

And theirs is a captivating tune. They mix the weirdness of Todtgelichter with the serenity of Darkher with astonishing ease. As with the latter, the questions poses itself if Immured should qualify as metal or not. And again as before, the band gets this metal tinge out into the open that even warms this metalhead’s steely heart.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Darkher – Realms (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Darkher - Realms - Album CoverTo be #metal or not to be, ’tis the question. We are speaking about the début full length album Realms of the (almost) one-woman show Darkher aka Jayn H. Wissenberg. And it is – at first – a difficult proposition. Just to find yourself later in a doomish soundscape that clearly smacks of #metal, apart from the airy, atmospheric, almost folk-laden look and feel this album presents to you. I cannot but be reminded of Myrkur and their latest album M or the weary wails of Loreena McKennitt, both dwelling in the ethereal realm same as this one. Of course, the genres for the former and the latter are totally different. Realms features no screams or other kinds of growls, whilst Myrkur‘s album definitely does.

Precision is the landmark on Realms!

You have got to admire the way the tracks are structured. Every instrument is thoughtfully placed, no note played on a whim. Wissenberg vocal style perfectly adapts to the instrumentals, chiming in with the right timbre. And always with the right timing.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!