Thu 05.04.18

Myrkur + Otto Lindholm + Monnik


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BRDCST: Danish female black metal for Chelsea Wolfe, Sunn 0))) and Earth fans

BRDCST is AB’s outstanding indoor spring festival spotlighting musical boundlessness.
The name is a direct reference to the retro futuristic electronica-pop of English band Broadcast that released inspiring albums like ‘Haha Sound’ and ‘Noise Made By The People’ over the past decade. Artists who feel strongly about musical innovation form the focal point for BRDCST. Our musical gut-feeling does the rest.

It’s remarkable how an extreme sub-movement like black metal has had a lasting influence and peaks. Deafheaven keeps on winning fans with its mix of black metal & shoegaze, and Mount Eerie & Chelsea Wolfe have smuggled plenty of the black metal aesthetic into their work. Thurston Moore officially joined black metal supergroup Twilight (with the likes of Xasthur and Leviathan) in ’12 and also recently released the book ‘The Dead Archives’ on his Ecstatic Peace Library imprint,  an ode to the controversial Norwegian black metal pioneers Mayhem.

Enter Myrkur! Or: the Danish, classically schooled, multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Amalie Bruun. Myrkur – Icelandic for ‘darkness’ – combines the rawness of the second wave of black metal bands (see: Ulver, Darkthrone,...) with ‘a natural, ethereal sonic beauty.’ The traditional Scandinavian folklore is never far removed, the Norwegian mythology either. Bruun: ‘I always dreamed about becoming a Huldra, an Elver girl, a Valkyrie, the goddess Freja. These powerful women in Norse Mythology have an element of beauty and mystique, but they are also deadly.’

Her latest album ‘Mareridt’ – Danish for ‘nightmare’ – was produced by good folk like Randall Dunn (see: Sunn 0))), Earth, Wolves In The Throne Room, ...) and enjoyed a remarkable guest visit from Chelsea Wolfe. The famous Rough Trade Shop meanwhile catapulted the album into their Top 30 (!) best albums of 2017 and described the it as: ‘a visionary blend of metal with gorgeous, stirring melodies, dark folk passages, choral arrangements and superb horrific beauty.

The music – minimal, classical & dark – by Brussels resident Otto Lindholm takes your breath away. This contrabassist/electronica-producer also fits in perfectly with Tim Hecker, Rachel’s or Deaf Center. He is vague about his origins and evasively answers: ‘Otto Lindholm was the name of my gran gran gran father.’ (sic) BBC Radio 6 icon Mary Anne Hobbs is a fan, as are we, and said this of his latest album ‘Alter’: ‘Extraordinary. Deeply meditative.’

Experimental one-man band in which founder Thibaud Meiresone explores the boundaries of the spiritual and transforms his dark, minimalistic music via layered sounds & dark textures until it almost becomes ascetic meditation. His albums bear names like ‘Minnestreel’, ‘Horizon’ or ‘Vondeling’.


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Myrkur was zeer okee, al mocht het een half uur langer geweest zijn en paste ze helemaal niet bij de 2 andere artiesten.
Les premières parties étaient originales , le set du second artiste, un peu long ! Myrkur c'était magique , un superbe set , juste dommage que ce soit un peu court et un petit rappel aurait été un plus. Très belle soirée dans cette belle petite salle, très agréable. L'AB est vraiement une de mes salles de concerts préférée !
Myrkur had gerust 30' langer mogen spelen, dit ten koste van 0 Lindholm.
Excellente performance de Myrkur comme toujours. Une setlist absolument exceptionnelle et des morceaux légèrement revisités par rapport à leur version studio. Je ne suis pas assez connaisseur du genre pour juger les 2 premiers artistes mais ce qui est certain c'est qu'il n'avaient absolument pas leur place à un concert de metal, ni même de folk. Les groupes en première partie sont censés chauffer le public, pas l'assommer avec une musique soporifique. Dommage.
Je n’ai pas aimé du tout les deux premiers artistes, c’était barbant. Pour Myrkur, Amalia a une voix exceptionnelle, pure et cristalline qui colle bien avec son style musical, les balades nordiques sont superbes aussi, mais il manquait clairement de quelques morceaux avec du punch pour réveiller le public, et ça m’a manqué également
Myrkur made the venue quiet with the old nordic songs! Very beautiful. Music to listen to in a forest! Next time other location!
Geweldige avond, de 2 andere bands pasten misschien niet echt maar was wel aangenaam verrast.
Geweldige avond, de 2 andere bands pasten misschien niet echt maar was wel aangenaam verrast.
Myrkur were awesome! I was enthralled by Amalie's voice and stage-presence, and the musicians added to an ethereal and moody atmosphere that was mesmerizing. Only wish that the concert was longer! I hope that they come back soon!
Myrkur was de hoofdreden van het concertbezoek, de andere artiesten pastten niet in het geheel.
Myrkur, c'était parfait, le seul bémol étant qu'il n'y a pas eu de rappel. Par contre les premières parties auraient pu être mieux choisies.
Myrkur was goed, de voorprogramma's waren minder mijn ding. Zaal was iets te klein voor Myrkur.
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