Danish artist Myrkur’s strangely refreshing take on black metal melds something between Chelsea Wolfe and Wolves In The Throne Room. Mausoleum is a live recording of acoustic, choral and stripped down versions of songs from her debut album, M. Backed by Norweigian Girls’ choir and Recorded in the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway it it is engrossing as it is haunting. Features a new, unreleased track and a cover of Bathory.
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Danish black metal artist ‘M’ / MYRKUR apparently made this record live from the bowels of the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo. She re-recorded her own songs, plus a Bathory cover, in an acoustic vein with the help of the angelic voices of the Norwegian Girls’ Choir. These are some very stripped-down and atmospheric renditions, and they’re just ever so slightly chilling. As you might expect from a candle-lit mausoleum decorated with frescos depicting the circle of human life in all of its morbidity. Although I have to say I initially made my experience an extra bit spooky by playing the record at 33rpm, before adjusting to the correct speed. A 45rpm LP? Ridiculous.
MYRKUR without a doubt has a haunting and brilliant voice, even apart from the slightly contrived ambience at work here. Black metal is transported back, all its gothic folk roots showing and made extra starkly delicate with acoustic guitar and mini-grand piano accompaniment. “Are you going to Scarborough Fair?” No, I’m trapped in a tomb with a Danish singer and a girls’ choir. I’ve had worse afternoons to be honest. In fact, these songs are sounding very lush indeed. So much so that I can scarcely believe their origins. But of course, those origins are as old as time. Probably. ‘Onde Born’ is glorious rendered here, guitar strings and voices of the seraphim lifting the whole endeavour up to the Celestial Kingdom from the belly of the Earth. I’m a little bit enamoured of this record.
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