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Hear Myrkur's Devastating New Single "Maneblot"

Behold the first single from the Danish phenom's sophomore album Mareridt.
myrkur, Daria Endresen
photograph by Daria Endresen

Folk metal composer Amalie Bruun — who performs as Myrkur — is gearing up to release her sophomore album Mareridt, the follow-up to 2015's M, on September 15 via Relapse. Today, she's shared "Måneblôt," the record's haunting debut single. Like the album writ large, the song, which portrays a nightmarish universe of pagan sun worshippers and feminine power, was produced by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Boris). Listen below, and pre-order the album here.

Recorded between Copenhagen and Seattle, Mareridt (which is the Danish word for "nightmare") finds Bruun pushing the boundaries of her instrumentally rich, thematically dense songcraft, by way of a cadre of unorthodox instruments: violin, mandola, nyckelharpa (a type of key harp which dates back to ancient Sweden) and Kulning (a Scandinavian herding call that also dates back to antiquity). The 11-track album also includes a collaboration with Chelsea Wolfe, who's also got an album on the way. (Wolfe's latest, Hiss Spunarrives a week after Mareridt.)

"I wanted to make an album that I always needed to exist but never did," the multi-instrumentalist said of the forthcoming release. Bruun wrote the album amidst a period of intense suffering, dogged by night terrors, sleep paralysis and lingering trauma. "You know how they say that when you have been through trauma or abuse, you tend to recreate the situation in an attempt to take ownership of it?" she asked. "I think I was doing that. I was trying to solve things [in my nightmares] that I could not solve in real life — things I could not run away from." The resultant product, she added, is "very connected to [my] true self, without an ego or persona."

Shortly after dropping Mareridt, Myrkur will embark on a headlining European tour, with support from Icelandic post-metal outfit Sólstafir. In the interim, Bruun's playing a smattering of European summer festival dates, as well as two North American shows. Find her full itinerary below.

Jul. 21 – Katowice, PL - Metal Hammer Festival
Jul. 22 – Sheffield, UK - Tramlines Festival
Aug. 17 – Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
Aug. 18 – Las Vegas, NV - Psycho Las Vegas
Oct. 26 – Stockholm, SE - Close-Up Baten Cruise
Nov. 04 – Leeds, UK - Damnation Festival
Nov. 17 - London, UK - Heaven #
Nov. 18 - Leeuwarden, NL - Neushoorn #
Nov. 19 - Lille, FR - Maison Folie Beaulieu #
Nov. 20 - Paris, FR - Alhambra #
Nov. 21 - Rennes, FR - Antipode MJC #
Nov. 23 - Bilbao, ES - Santana27 #
Nov. 24 - Madrid, ES - Caracol #
Nov. 25 - Barcelona, ES - Razzmatazz2 #
Nov. 27 - Milan, IT - Circolo Magnolia #
Nov. 29 - Munich, DE - Theaterfabrik #
Nov. 30 - Salzburg, AT - Rockhouse #
Dec. 01 - Bologna, IT - Locomotiv #
Dec. 07 - Budapest, HU - A38 #
Dec. 08 - Vienna, AT - Arena #
Dec. 11 - Prague, CZ - Roxy #
Dec. 12 - Berlin DE - Heimathafen #
Dec. 13 - Cologne, DE - Kantine #
Dec. 15 - Rotterdam, NL - maasSilo #
Dec. 16 - Brussels, BE - VK #
Dec. 18 - Copenhagen, DK - Pumpehuset #
Dec. 20 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Strand #

# - w/ Solstafir


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