Review: Myrkur – Folkesange

If Aurora is the Earth’s optimism, Myrkur has always been its anger. Since Amalie Bruun sent the black metal world into a frenzy with her mix of otherworldly howls and atmospheric headbangers, she’s been accompanied by a darkness haunting her extreme music, like a raging Anna Von Hausswolff.

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Review: Poppy – I Disagree

It’s still shocking that the Poppy who released Moshi Moshi – a sunny dose of electronic pop from an extremely online artist – would go on to sign with Sumerian Records. It might end up quite the coup for a label best known for its technical metal and breakdown-enthusiastic roster. This current iteration of model / YouTuber / actress Poppy has lots of eyes on her, in large part thanks to her corpse-painted face on I Disagree’s cover, a far-cry from her trademark genteel vocals.

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Review: Sunn o)))

Currently on a creative high – both Life Metal and Pyroclasts from this year have seen career-best reviews – drone metal’s most respected druids seemed determined to level the Queen Margaret Union. With more amplifiers on stage than any act this side of My Bloody Valentine, Sunn O))) (pronounced ‘sun’) use music as a way of eliciting primal responses via repetition and sheer bloody volume. It reverberated around the venue, and inside everyone’s ribcages.

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Review: Pelican

With no words to guide listeners, Pelican rely on their instruments to do the talking. Their 4-person line-up belies the sheer weight of their music, which is rarely anything other than gargantuan. Unlike their post-metal peers in Cult of Luna and Isis who are often as delicate as they are aggressive, Pelican’s dynamics are more restricted to ‘loud’ and ‘louder’ making for a brutal hour of riff after crushing riff.

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