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From the darkness of Scandinavia emerges MYRKUR. Hailing from Denmark, the one-woman project signed to renowned independent label Relapse Records in 2014 off the strength of just one EP, its eponymous debut (released September 2014). Envisioned and realized by classically-trained multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Amalie Bruun, MYRKUR combined the rawness of second-wave black metal bands like Ulver and Darkthrone with a natural, ethereal sonic beauty. MYRKUR introduced a wholly unique perspective on the genre of black metal––one that immediately put her on the map and caught the attention of listeners and publications worldwide.

Though the word “myrkur” means “darkness” in Icelandic, Bruun’s music is far from monochromatic. With its distinct sense of Nordic isolation, MYRKUR‘s compositions are at once savage and delicate. Choral and folk elements abound, lending the music a mystical, legendary quality and an untouchable equilibrium between dark and light. MYRKUR’s influences range from nature to traditional Scandinavian folklore to Norse mythology and far beyond. Bruun elaborates, “I always dreamed about becoming a Huldra, an Elver girl, a Valkyrie, the goddess Freja. These powerful women in Norse Mythology have an element of beauty and mystique, but they are also deadly.”

That power was more than evident on MYRKUR’s debut EP, but fully came into its own on Bruun’s first full-length, M, released by Relapse in August 2015. Featuring production and guest appearances from renowned metal legends such as Krystoffer “Garm” Rygg (Ulver), Teloch (Mayhem/Nidingr) and Christopher Amott (Arch Enemy), M showcases Bruun’s learned and mature perspective on black metal alongside her prodigious compositional and vocal talents. In its 8/10 review, Decibel Magazine characterized M as “a black metal record that respects tradition without drowning in it.” Publications including NPR, Stereogum, Pitchfork, Spin and dozens of other outlets worldwide have shared this sentiment, hailing M and MYRKUR as the very thing they stand for – not a drastic reinvention, not an atavistic homage, but a unique, timeless, and true expression of black metal.

Now, on the one-year anniversary of her critically-acclaimed, masterful debut full-length M, the Danish black metal artist is set to unveil a captivating live recording from the historic Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway. Aptly titled Mausoleum, the album features beautifully dramatic & stripped-down acoustic reinventions of seven songs from plus one brand new song and a Bathory cover; all accompanied by the Norwegian Girls Choir and Håvard (ex-Ulver) on guitar. Captured in a cold, dimly-lit tomb covered in morbid frescos that depict the circle of human life from conception till death, Mausoleum is an incredible showcase of MYRKUR’s sublime yet haunting voice in a truly chilling, unrivaled atmosphere. With two acclaimed releases, US and EU tours with Behemoth and Deafheaven, and a number of worldwide festival appearances under her belt, MYRKUR is ready to help her homeland reclaim its role as a global leader in extreme music.

MYRKUR is:
Amalie Bruun – All Instruments, Composition

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  • MYRKUR Enters The Studio With Randall Dunn To Record New Album TO BE RELEASED ON RELAPSE FALL 2017 Danish composer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, MYRKUR entered the studio to record the follow up to her masterful debut M, released in 2015 on Relapse to overwhelming critical acclaim. She’s revealed Randall Dunn as the producer who is known for his work with Marissa Nadler, Earth, Sunn O))), ...
  • MYRKUR Premieres Full Stream of Live/Acoustic EP ‘Mausoleum’ MYRKUR 'Mausoleum' Out Aug 19th Photo credit: Stormvild Danish phenom MYRKUR (aka Amalie Bruun) has just unveiled a full stream of her new EP Mausoleum ahead of its release via Relapse this coming Friday. The live/acoustic EP, which sees MYRKUR accompanied by the Norwegian Girls Choir and Håvard (ex-Ulver) on guitar, features beautifully dramatic & stripped-down acoustic reinventions of seven songs from M plus one brand new song and a Bathory ...
  • MYRKUR Premieres “Onde Børn” (Mausoleum Version) via Bloody Disgusting Photo credit: Stormvild MYRKUR (aka Danish composer Amalie Bruun) has unveiled a live recording of “Onde Børn” via horror outlet Bloody Disgusting. The website described the track as “stunning” and a version “which takes the aggression and ferocity of the original and transforms it into a sublime and ethereal offering.” Bruun elaborates, “Onde Børn (Wicked Children)” is a song that ...
  • MYRKUR Shares Cover of Bathory’s “Song To Hall Up High” via Metal Hammer / Team Rock Photo credit: Stormvild Danish metal phenom MYRKUR has just shared a new track from her forthcoming acoustic / live EP Mausoleum (out this August 19). “Song To Hall Up High,” originally by Bathory, has been re-worked and wholly transformed by MYRKUR and has premiered at Metal Hammer, who called the rendition “a gauntlet thrown down to the foes, but one wrapped ...
  • MYRKUR Announces New Live EP ‘Mausoleum,’ Shares “Jeg er guden, I er tjenerne” Photo credit: Stormvild On the one year anniversary of her critically-acclaimed, masterful debut full-length, M, Danish black metal artist MYRKUR unveils a captivating live recording from the historic Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway. Aptly titled Mausoleum, the album features beautifully dramatic & stripped-down acoustic reinventions of seven songs from M plus one brand new song and a Bathory cover; all accompanied by the Norwegian ...