Since inception, Danish artist, Myrkur, has been in a class of her own. The one-woman, classically trained, multi-instrumentalist is known for combining the raw, masculine energy of second wave black metal, with an ethereal, sophisticated virtue. Myrkur composes in epic proportions.
Her stunning debut, M, (co-produced by Ulver, with collaborations from members of Mayhem, Nidingr and Arch Enemy), earned Myrkur “Best Hard Rock Album” at the 2015 Gaffa Awards, as well as “Band of the Year” and “Metal Album of the Year” at the High Voltage Awards. She was recognized by Steppeulven (Association of Danish Music Critics), and toured with iconic acts such as Behemoth and Opeth, and played Hellfest, Graspop, Wacken Open Air Festival and Download.
Recorded between Copenhagen and Seattle with producer, Randall Dunn (Earth, Marissa Nadler, Sun O))), Boris), Mareridt - her 2017 sophomore record, awarded Metal Hammer Golden Gods "Best Album" winner 2018 - is a rich juxtaposition of the dark and the light; the moon and the mother earth; the witch and the saint. The album progresses Myrkur’s visionary blend of metal with haunting melodies, dark folk passages, choral arrangements and horrific beauty. She implemented an array of instrumentation including violin, mandola, folk drums and nyckelharpa (an ancient Swedish key harp), as well as a collaboration with Chelsea Wolfe.
Like a marriage of King Diamond’s ‘Them’ with Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’, Mareridt is a carefully composed concept freed from genre. It flows between English and Danish, from guttural growls, to emotive hymns. Triumphant, powerful and hypnotic, Mareridt is a sonic nightmare that you never want to escape.
Ages: All (u16s accompanied)