This release is starting with a remarkable opening. With a feeling for the cold she sets it right, the album is about nightmares, a sinister yet clean sound is brought. The songs are full of folk. The nickelharpa is present and when put upon moments where the Black Metal elements are coming forward again the contrast between them is severe, but that is perhaps the beauty of Myrkur. This album is giving us plenty of that, so there is enough to seek.
When coming to a song called “Funeral” the whole gets a bit more dark. These darker moments are showing perhaps the part where Myrkur scores with most. The beauty of the clean vocals are there to draw the attention, but the evil within the songs is what creeps you into the whole, let it get under your skin.
The essence of Myrkur is often found in her love for nature. That forms even more a base for everything she does in her music than the elements she uses for it. Compared with the previous releases it seems all like she has worked out the details just a bit more. Going deeper, but having an overall more atmospherical feeling. Perhaps the metal side of the music is less present, but nevertheless this became a dark, beautiful album that is very listenable for a metal fan. No matter what one calls it, simply a gorgeous release.
03. The Serpent
06. De Tre Piker
07. Funeral (featuring Chelsea Wolfe)