CMU Approved

Approved: Myrkur – Mausoleum

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2016


Danish musician Amalie Bruun’s black metal project Myrkur has been approved once before, although on this occasion it feels like we’re writing about something new. A live acoustic EP called ‘Mausoleum’ is being released on 19 Aug and, as the title hints, the performance was recorded in Oslo’s Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum, accompanied by the Norwegian Girls Choir and former Ulver guitarist Håvard.

The live versions are very distinct compared to what we got on record; though that’s not because, as you might have thought, the black metal elements of debut Myrkur album ‘M’ are played down in favour of its more folky influences. In fact, the black metal side of the project still comes through surprisingly strongly among the soft melodies of the live performances, particularly on one of the album’s stand out tracks, ‘Jeg Er Guden, I Er Tjenerne’.

The latest track from the record to be released is ‘Onde Børn’, of which Bruun says: “‘Onde Børn (Wicked Children)’ is a song that I wrote as a tribute to my supporters and it feels powerful to play it live, for them, with them. Performing it with the girls choir in the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum was a beautiful experience, the dark mood in the cold tomb, the crystal clear voices of the girls”.

On the live recording in general, she continues: “There is room for very few people in the Mausoleum, but my whole Norwegian ‘family’ was there, people who worked on ‘M’ and so forth. A night I will never forget and which I’m excited to share with you”.

Listen to ‘Onde Børn’ here:

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