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Review: Myrkr - Black Illumination
Black Illumination

Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Year released: 2009
Duration: 39:04
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 26, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Black Illumination

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

What I really like about those true underground labels (mostly the European ones) is that you can pretty safely assume that what you'll be getting from them is some of the most interesting and non-generic Black Metal.

Myrkr is one of those acts that do not sound like any other bands you might have come across. Although blast beats are frequent in Black Metal, and they are often present here, Myrkr have incorporated in their song structure something very enjoyable: atmosphere. True those hyper blasting tempos are not for me, but Black Illumination beats the pace at different tempos, much to my pleasure. Good ol' moderate times allow a mix bag of harmonies to sneak in such as: arpeggios (clean and distorted), crunchy guitar work, and dark ambiences. Overall, Black Illumination has a great ghostly atmosphere created by the above points, helped by the excellent, discrete and subtle vocals particularly. The effects in them are simply eerie, while in other instances turning quite bestial or sick. There are quite a few great somber hymns on this CD such as "Enlightenment", (crushing and dark keyboard parts), "Bound By the Forgotten" (strange electronics and spacey), and the title track.

The label has this to say about Black Illumination: "Pure Black Metal imbued with the atmosphere of true spiritual darkness", and I can only agree with this cryptic description.

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