It took me a little while to understand the real essence of Post-Black Metal bands. The thing is that I was almost taking hold of the essence of Black metal itself and then Post-Black Metal bands come to me. The essence of Black Metal is a very hard thing to get to know and I guess most of you my dear child of the night might agree with me. In a nutshell, I guess that Post-Black Metal is kind of a negation of Black Metal in terms of music because it dilutes its aggressive soul by mixing atmospheric and moody passages. In my mind Black Metal is meant to be the most aggressive styke of Metal music of all. From where I’m standing melodic passages and instrumental can’t be part of the music. Musak? No, not either. Well, there are zillions of bands that simply can’t agree with me. Here we’ve got Myrvandrer with “Salt” that came here just to prove me flat wrong because in the middle of their muzak they added some jazz with high doses of saxophones as in “Tapets Generasjon.” Besides that, most of the time my dear fan won’t find anything of Black metal in their music not even the vocals as the beginning of “Dugg” with its gentle and sweet intro plus the atmospheric cadence. Never in my life I would say it’s a Black Metal song. If memory serves me right, the guitar solo reminds me of Dire Straits.
I dare to say that Black Metal is for sure the most fascinating verve of Metal music when I listen to an album as “Salt” and all the combinations and mixes Myrvandrer did here. “Salt” is as intense as any other Black Metal album with the plus side of being dissimilar at the same time. For instance, only the vocals and the guitars of a part of grand finale “Tidevannets Profet” will sound Black Metal to my dear fan.
Of course, Black Metal trve hardcore fans won’t give a damn about this album. To some extent I don’t blame them. As I said before the music in here is far from the music the saw the light – or the darkness – in the 1980s. But it’s good, really good if my dear child of the night is open to what Myrvandrer have to offer.
Myrvandrer “Salt” was self-released on December 02nd.
- Kunsten Å Forsvinne
- Tapets Generasjon
- Under Nye Skyer, Pt. 1
- Under Nye Skyer, Pt. 2
- Morgendag (feat. Bizarrekult)
- Tidevannets Profet
Watch “Tidevannets Profet” official lyric video here: