Artist : Myrkgrav
Genre : Folk Metal
Website : www.myrkgrav.no
Location : Norway
Release title : Takk og farvel; tida er blitt ei annen
Release type : Full-length
Release year : 2016
Label : Independent/Pest Productions
Buy : TBA
1. Skjøn jomfru (Norwegian version)
2. Vonde auer (album version)
3. Bakom Gyrihaugen (instrumental)
5. Om å danse bekhette (10th anniversary edition)
8. Finnkjerringa (10th anniversary edition)
9.├ÿsta glette (instrumental)
10. Sjuguttmyra (album version)
11. Uttjent (album version)
12. Tviom! (instrumental)
13. Skjøn Jomfru (English version)
14. Takk og farvel (outro)
Total time : 1:04:39
Myrkgrav is the brainchild of Lars Jensen, a one man force which is helped by guest musicians. Hailing from Norway, Myrkgrav use Folk instruments as part of the songwriting process, "rather than just to use them as a gimmick, which many so called folk metal bands unfortunately suffer from" (Takk og farvel press release). So does Myrkgrav measure up to these concise standards, this keen focus? Certainly, and then some.
The Metal is not truly Extreme, but influenced by Black Metal and Viking Metal, of course. Myrkgrav's mission is, in fact, "to create a natural fusion between Scandinavian Folk music and Extreme Metal." And it does sound like a natural fusion, the guitar riffs flowing effortlessly, with high Nordic melody. The Folk instruments are subtle, lending atmosphere and providing the thematic basis for each composition. Vocals are both extreme and traditionally Nordic. Translation of the album title is "Thank you and farewell; times have changed". The album is a compilation of reworked tunes from the Myrkgrav repertoire, showing off a range of Myrkgrav's strongest material.
The fiddle in "Soterudsvarten" lends an earthy, wooden element that wakes the Ents of the epic woods. This Ent is down with the Myrkgrav form of Metallic, elemental cultural contemplation. "Om a° danse bekhette" features soaring vocals and cutting Pagan Black riffs. "Skjøn Jomfru", which includes both English and Norwegian versions, is the standout track. With a compelling melody sung by the hardy voice of Lars Jensen, this song has a boldly striding rhythm and features tasty, meaty guitar and thunderous drumming. "Takk og farvel (outro)" is a fitting "outro" indeed, with authentic Hardanger fiddle playing by Olav Luksengård Mjelva.
Unfortunately for people getting to know Myrkgrav for the first time, the news is that Takk og farvel; tida er blitt ei annen will be the final Myrkgrav release. The project already has five releases under its belt, its first being a 2006 release titled Trollskau, Skrømt og Kølabrenning. It is time for Lars Jensen to move on, but I'm sure Myrkgrav fans will want to know what he's up to in the future. Thanks to Metal Message for supporting this fine release.
- Vile Ent