The one-person black metal project, Myrkur, unveiled the details on the new album named M set to be released on August 21st via Relapse Records. The album was produced and recorded by Ulver’s Garm in various locations in Norway and will have collaborations from Mayhem’s Morten “Teloch” Iversen as well as former Arch Enemy guitarist Christopher Amott.
“Hævnen” is the track released off this new album and shows a lot of old Ulver’s influence, combining ethereal clean singing and chaotic vocals, similar mix found on Bergtatt – Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler. Danish frontwoman/intrumentalist, Amalie Bruun, comments about the album:
The album is a story where the songs are connected. It is Nordic folk music, black metal, classical choirs and more. It feels like a soundtrack to some sort of Norse mythology horror movie with blastbeats. I wrote it about many things, as a goddess who wants revenge and to kill off people in my life, perhaps also a side of myself. I feel a strong sense of being divided into two, not one whole. a side of light and a side of shadows battle within me. And sometimes a disassociation to reality. A disconnect to the normal world and to what I am. This album tells my story and the transformation to one is complete in my mind.
Garm also speaks about the album:
In a — for me — short, but efficient time I feel that we managed to sew together a production that will be instantly recognizable in the plethora of “history-conscious” metal music, with its stylistic wavering between classical, folk, rock (shoegaze) and (black) metal traditions. At the same time M also sounds strangely contemporary to me. It goes in circles, I guess. Soundwise it’s all out classic analogue stuff. No triggered drums, brick walling or all on grid here. It’s a really natural sound harkening back to the days of old. That’s the feel (or soul) we were after and I think we captured it. It’s no secret that Amalie loves Bergtatt (our first album), and there’s even a song on the album to prove it! I’m not really a type to gush, but Myrkur is a multi-talent and she knows it. Fortunately for me we really hit it off and were on the same page from the get-go … I think our time of meeting was really auspicious as I’ve been working a bit with Ulver’s old metal back catalogue recently and with that stuff fresh in mind the feeling came natural and was a total trip for me, to summon that epic, sylvan Scandinavian sound, as it were. I am really proud to be involved, to help her make her vision come to life, and also to have her carry the torch, so to speak. I think it’s a killer album and I’m anxious to see what people think.
The tracklist will be:
01 “Skøgen Skulle Dø”
03 “Onde Børn”
04 “Vølvens Spådom”
05 “Jeg er Guden, I er Tjenerne”
08 “Byssan Lull”
09 “Dybt i Skoven”