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Myrk - Icons Of The Dark (7/10) - Iceland - 2004

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Ketzer Records
Playing time: 47:47
Band homepage: Myrk

Tracklist:

  1. Blindfolded By Misery
  2. Our Age Has Now Begun
  3. In Silence
  4. Myrk
  5. Within The Burning Darkness
  6. When We Raised The Sign
  7. I Am The Symbolic Torture
  8. Nightwinds >mp3
  9. The Spell
Myrk - Icons Of The Dark

Black Metal from high up north is probably not that late news but compared to Sweden, Norway or Finland there are only very few bands from Iceland which is why the interest of the Black Metal community should quickly be awoken. MYRK completely renounce any keyboard strumming and from the traditional instruments like guitar, bass and drums they draw a tight sound carpet that can quite well be called spherical.

 

With „Icons Of The Dark“ the band manages to remain distant from stupid „Beat-it“ Black Metal rumbling but bets on a technically ambitious version of this music. Although MYRK quite make it blister thoroughly and continue pushing the pedal to the metal from time to time, the interwoven acoustic passages give the sound the necessary phases for rest. However, this release, like so many in this sector, shows signs of weakness and of wear and tear. Not only in Black Metal but in other genres as well, the amount of influences, ideas and variation limits itself after some time and MYRK are a victim of the lack of recognition, too. Good and absolutely perfectly performed music which doesn’t stand out against the countless bands in the scene and as a consequence will probably only receive poor attention. Also because the best places in the sun, or in this case in hell, are already given away and the positions are as good as occupied.

 

Evilly painted faces, black-and-white cover and a powerful as well as mangy production are standard as well and so there’s not much that can be discovered and that keeps the listener interested for a longer period of time. Like I said before, the debut of MYRK is not bad in any way and songs like “Our Age Has Now Begun”, “Within The Burning Darkness” or “Nightwings” are really good and, concerning the playing, fulfil all wishes but nonetheless, throughout the whole album you can’t get rid of this feeling that you’ve already heard many things somewhere else. What remains in the end is a solid and quite traditional Black Metal work that doesn’t give the scene any new impulses but that should provide some rather entertaining hours for inveterate lovers of this music. (Online April 19, 2004)

Alexander Ehringer



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