Boomkat Product Review:
Denmark’s Amalie Bruun (Ex Cops, Minks) mounts her 2nd and most impressive album as Myrkur with the atmospheric metal melodramas of Mareridt (trans: Nightmare) produced and mixed by the inestimable Randall Dunn (Sunn 0))), Earth, Marissa Nadler) between Copenhagen’s Black Tornado studio and his legendary Avast recording facility in Seattle. It basically sounds like Enya via Burzum!
With a background in indie-pop units Ex Cops and Minks with Brain Harding for Captured Tracks, Amalie arrives as something of a marmite artist to the black metal scene. Since 2014 her handful of releases for Relapse have prompted perhaps predictable responses from the scene - her riffs aren’t strong enough, the vocals aren’t proper enough etc etc - but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Billy Corgan and Chelsea Wolfe signing up to her fan club, with Chelsea even appearing on this album’s bonus track, Funeral.
Make of all that what you will, but your reception of Mareridt will basically come down to a tolerance for epicness; we’re talking proper Whitby Goth Weekend styles, all crushed velvet dresses and frilly white blouses in windswept scenes, with a dash of Riverdance-like folk heritage in the vintage instrumentation and choral sections, plus daubs of candle-dripping synth atmosphere sexiness for good measure. Plus we can hear the etheric space of Randall Dunn in its strongest, most affective moments, which, funnily enough mostly come in the closing track.
Proceed with caution/a little bit of fake blood in corner of your mouth.