Morkvind are a duo from Sweden that plays a folk influenced form of viking black metal and this is a review of their self released 2019 album "Myrkvidr".
Spoken word parts start off the album before going into a heavier direction while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams along with some clean pagan vocals also being utilized at times. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard while elements of folk music are also added into some parts of the recording. The songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some of the tracks being very long and epic in length.
Clean playing can also be heard in some parts of the recording along with one track also introducing synths onto the album and when tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the music more of a raw feeling as well as all of the tracks also sounding very different from each other. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover Paganism. Darkness and Nature themes.
In my opinion Morkvind are a very great sounding folk influenced viking black metal duo and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nattens Sjal" "Vindur" and "Northstar". 8 out of 10.