Origin: New York City, New York, USA  
Genres: Black Metal
Page online: June 18, 2021
Last update/review: November 4, 2023

Myrkur

The tale of Myrkur's rapid rise in the metal underground is a curious and fascinating one. From out of nowhere came this mysterious, one-woman black metal artist, already signed to a major metal label in Relapse Records, and as the positive reviews came in, so did a seemingly endless rush of negative fan criticism and scorn. It seems that the outrage centered on two aspects -- one, Relapse massively overhyped (and probably misrepresented) her, and two, she was eventually revealed to be a Danish pop star in one Amalie Bruun, thus supposedly destroying the project's true kvlt metal credibility. Neither of these are Bruun's fault, and it's discouraging that the backlash clouded objective opinions/reviews of the music at hand. And about the music: first, one must realize that those expecting a full-on black metal assault aren't going to find it here. Albums such as 2017's Mareridt do feature black metal traces, mixed with plenty of ambient folk influences and Bruun's graceful soprano vocals (though she can and does perform some convincing black metal shrieks as well). As such, it's capably done, and at times quite captivating, though again not from a pure metal standpoint. Moving forward, it appears that the novelty, in some sense, seems to have waned, possibly due to the latest album (2020's Folkesange) completely dropping the metal aspects and focusing on ambient folk music.

Recent album: Spine, released on October 20, 2023.

Current Members

Amalie Bruun

vocals/guitars/keyboards



Discography


Myrkur  EP
2014 Relapse
  1. Ravnens Banner
  2. Frosne Vind
  3. Dybt I Skoven
  4. Nattens Barn
  5. Ulvesangen
  • Amalie Bruun



M  
2015 Relapse
  1. Jeg Er Guden, I Er Tjenerne
  2. Nordlys
  3. Mordet
  4. Byssan Lull
  5. Dybt I Skoven
  6. Norn
  • Amalie Bruun



Mausoleum  LIVE
2016 Relapse
  1. Jeg Er Guden, I Er Tjenerne
  2. Byssan Lull
  3. Frosne Vind
  4. Song to Hall Up High (Bathory cover)
  5. Dybt I Skoven
  • Amalie Bruun



Mareridt  
2017 Relapse
  1. Mareridt
  2. The Serpent
  3. Crown
  4. Elleskudt
  5. De Tre Piker
  6. Funeral
  7. Ulvinde
  8. Gladiatrix
  • Amalie Bruun



Juniper  EP
2018 Relapse
  1. Juniper
  2. Bonden Og Kragen
  • Amalie Bruun



Folkesange  
2020 Relapse
  1. Ella
  2. Fager som en Ros
  3. Leaves of Yggdrasil
  4. Ramund
  5. Tor i Helheim
  6. Svea
  7. Harpens Kraft
  8. House Carpenter
  9. Reiar
  10. Gudernes Vilje
  11. Vinter
  • Amalie Bruun



Ragnarok (Original Soundtrack)  
2023 Relapse
  1. Ragnarok tema
  2. Krigersang
  3. Odins sang
  4. Livs tema
  5. Hells sang
  6. Modgunns tema
  7. Kampsang
  8. Balders tema
  • Amalie Bruun



Spine  
2023 Relapse
  1. Like Humans
  2. Mothlike
  3. My Blood Is Gold
  4. Spine
  5. Valkyriernes sang
  6. Blazing Sky
  7. Devil in the Detail
  8. Menneskebarn




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