Myrkraverk are a band from Norway that plays a Norwegian style of black metal with a touch of folk music and this is a review of their 2018 album "Naer Doden" which will be released in March by Blut & Eisen Productions.
A sci fi orientated intro starts off the album before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and at times the vocals get very melodic and clean.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion while spoken word parts when they are utilized gives the songs more of a ritualistic feeling and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs a more raw feeling and throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's Nordic second wave tradition .
The solos and leads bringing in more of a raw, melodic and old school style and as the album progresses acoustic guitars can also be heard at times and they also bring in elements of folk music while a couple of the tracks being very long and epic in length along with a brief use of clean viking chants and female vocals and one song also introduces synths onto the recording.
Myrkraverk plays a style of Norwegian black metal that is very heavily rooted in the 90's while also mixing in folk music elements as well as taking the genre into more of an original direction, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Norwegian and cover Occultism, Darkness and Nordic themes.
In my opinion Myrkraverk are a very great sounding Norwegian black metal band with a touch of folk music and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ritual" "Blakvit" "Instinkt" and "Nordvegen II". 8/5 out of 10.