Mareridt

Here we go. I know you all were wondering if I would review the latest album from black metal’s most controversial woman, Myrkur. Well, I am certainly not one to disappoint, and I really enjoyed her debut album M so I felt this was a no-brainer to review.

So much of Myrkur’s notoriety seems to stem from the fact that she’s a woman in black metal. As far as I can tell, that’s all her controversy is. It’s not like an Anita Sarkeesian where she actively tried to subvert a hobby with social justice nonsense and then get paid for it. Myrkur was just a Danish popstar who wanted to play black metal, and this rubbed people the wrong way. You can maybe have a claim that she’s a bit “forced,” but when you have a ready-made story like this AND you can appeal to a vaster audience than your typical black metal band, you’d be an idiot to not put a lot of publicity funding behind her if you were the record label.

Musically though, this album is pretty inconsequential. There’s nothing really notable about this album, and none of it is especially black metal, either. On Mareridt Myrkur seems to have traded in most of her past black metal leanings for more of a traditional folk leaning. Which isn’t bad by any means, I think it’s a smart move on her part; I just came into this album expecting more of the same she gave us on M. A ballsy transformation, to be sure.

So I’m not really sure what to make of this album. If you’re the type to get mad that she’s a woman playing black metal, well she’s not really playing black metal on this release so calm down. If you’re the Kim Kelly type who will praise her as the second coming of Christ for being a woman playing black metal, you’re a disingenuous idiot and you need to fuck off. There’s nothing to get upset about with this album and there’s nothing to really praise either. It’s just very painfully average. I found myself shrugging through most of it. I don’t hate it, but I certainly don’t love it; it’s just sort of there.

Mareridt gets a very strong “meh” and a 3/5 from me.

Listen to “Maneblot” here.


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