Myrkgrav "Trollskau, Skromt og Kolabrenning"

 •  Posted in: Kogaionon ReviewsRating: 0.97/1
Myrkgrav "Trollskau, Skromt og Kolabrenning"
  • Album: Trollskau, Skromt og Kolabrenning
  • Year: 2006
  • Label: DGF
  • Artist: 
  • Norway

Myrkgrav = Dark Grave... I was eager to get this album and it worth my waiting completely! Knowing that Lars Jensen is a very talented young man, who at the age of 19 succeeded to record two excellent albums, this material and another one with QUADRIVIUM, I was biding for a bomb! And that's exactly what I've got... Lars is also doing the vocal parts on the SWORN project, another material announcing a serious approach, but which still requires some work in order to reach completion. Back to MYRKGRAV, I was surprised by the conceptual broach within the album, starting with music and all the way to the imagery. The booklet is an elegant one, with a superb cover (even though there are some contrast flaws), while the lyrics are sung in a specific Norwegian dialect, but each track also presents an English version sufficient for establishing a perfect understanding over the debated themes. Slowly changing sides towards music, I can assure you that the Northern Black Metal is saturated in Folk, Viking, Epic or Atmospheric elements, yet all speedy parts sound very harmonious, especially due to the excellent vocal mixing. Seldom, the extreme voice tends to get linear, even monotonous, but this feeling slightly counts as the rest of the components sound faultless! There are heavy guitars emphasizing fantasy, while the specific way in which the battery breaks and than rebinds the rhythms paths the listener towards delight.

I find this album more than remarkable especially as it represents a debut, and the feeling aroused by the audition of these 11 tracks is an odd one, entwining gratification with disillusion. Obviously, this album's weak feature is originality, as Lars Jensen has anagramed scents of almost all bands of the genre, starting with HELHEIM, VINTERSORG (early times) or FALKENBACH, going to ENSLAVED's glory years or MOONSORROW! Guests on this album are the bass player Espen Hammer (LUMSK), Lars's girlfriend (vocal, fortunately just on one track), Sindre Nedland (normal/clean voice), Lazare's brother (SOLEFALD). The vocal techniques enliven a maze making this album a real collection piece, while the keyboard is played in an inspired way, creating a masterly Epic Folk sound! No wander this solo projects aspires towards a Folkloric Extreme Metal dimension. I should also mention that the band's discography also includes a demo done last year and that Lars Jensen also owns a recording studio, allowing him to experiment the instruments at their most, especially when dealing with Folk Atmospheric Metal!