Mur are a solo project from Minnesota that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of atmospheric black metal and funeral doom and this is a review of his self released 2016 album "Heartworn".
Nature orientated drones start off the album and after a few seconds the music brings in more of a heavy funeral doom sound along with some death metal growls and after a couple of minutes acoustic guitars are added into certain sections of the recording and melodic vocals can also be heard in some songs.
Elements of neo folk and americana can be heard in the acoustic sections while some of the heavier riffing brings in depressive sounding melodies and on later tracks the music speeds up and brings in blast beats that also takes the music into more of a raw yet atmospheric black metal direction and grim black metal screams are also utilized quit a bit.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length while also being very diverse and having a great amount of songs that sound different from each other while the black metal side has more of an American and Cascadian feeling and the fast riffs also utilize a great amount of tremolo picking.
On this recording Mur retain a lot of the atmospheric black metal elements while also experimenting more with funeral doom, folk and Americana to create a very original sounding album, the production sounds very powerful for being a self released recording while the lyrics care a concept album based upon the ancient ecological rhythms of North American migration and its related themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Mur and if you are a fan of neo-folk, funeral doom and atmospheric black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hollow Bones In The Milestone" "Migration Incantation (As Fog, As Gold)" and "Go Beyond The Sea And Still Bring Light To the Underworld (You Overrich Star!)". 8 out of 10.