Murg – Varg & Björn

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Nordvis Produktion – March 2015

10/10 – Susanne Sinmara

Oh boy. Definitely did not expect that. Out of the sheer volume of current releases, this one has immediately captured and intrigued me. The more I listened to the album, the better it became. I’m now at the point where it actually makes me want to weep, it’s so good.

Never heard of MURG? Me neither. That’s because it’s a brand new band from Sweden, and this is their debut. There’s no information who the two people behind the band are, but it must be musicians who are in other bands – because how on earth can someone conjure up this kind of ferocious, desolate, intense, yet hauntingly beautiful music without experience? They come from rural Sweden, a mining area called Bergslagen, and the landscape with the mines has influenced their music and the lyrical themes, which are about nature being the ultimate winner in the battle between human civilisation and their constant depletion and destruction of nature, and our earth. It’s misanthropic to the bone.

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Songs like Massvandring & Blodbad, Grannen är Din Fiende, the title song, Den Starkes Rätt all have riffs that are seriously catchy, without sounding simple. It reminds me of Enslaved’s ability to make songs that are both complex, yet stick. Not an easy feat to bring fresh wind into a genre that is mostly depleted of anything exciting and new. Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing new to the music they make, it’s nicely old-fashioned – no gimmicks, no fuss, just plain, cold, black metal with the odd quieter piece thrown in.

Another contender for the album of the year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’ll feature in quite a few top ten. Deservedly! 

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