Amalie Bruun, the creative force behind Myrkur, has consistently demonstrated a profound ability to traverse diverse musical landscapes. From the haunting realms of black metal to the ethereal strains of Scandinavian folk, Bruun’s journey is emblematic of music’s transformative power and the boundless potential of artistic exploration.
In the Woods…, a Norwegian avant-garde progressive black metal band, was formed in 1992 in Kristiansand. Emerging from the remnants of a death metal band called Green Carnation, their formation coincided with a period of significant musical experimentation in Norway, a country already renowned for its black metal tradition. With some members departing, including Terje Vik Schei (a.k.a. Tchort), the remaining members pivoted, giving birth to In the Woods…, which saw the blending of traditional metal elements with avant-garde and progressive sounds, challenging the boundaries of genre definitions.
Sodom, an eminent German thrash metal ensemble hailing from Gelsenkirchen, was established in 1981. Allegedly christened after the Venom song ‘One Thousand Days in Sodom,’ the band was the brainchild of Tom Angelripper, who sought an escape from the coal mines of his hometown. The initial line-up of Sodom comprised Tom Angelripper, Bloody Monster, Arius “Blasphemer,” and Aggressor.
Dark Tranquillity is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg. They are considered one of the pioneering acts of the Gothenburg metal scene, which also includes bands such as In Flames and At the Gates. Dark Tranquillity is regarded as the Gothenburg fathers in the film entitled ‘Out of Nothing: A DT Documentary’ released by Century Media Records, which was filmed in their home town in April 2009, in Gothenburg, Sweden, and released October 28th, 2009 in Germany.
Ancient Rites was formed in 1988 in Belgium, a time when the metal genre was witnessing a profound transformation and diversification. The original ensemble consisted of guitarists Johan and Phillip, drummer Stefan, and Gunther on vocals. Together, they sought to create a sound that was both unique and deeply committed to musical artistry.
In 1993, in Mondeville, Calvados, a region of Normandy, France, a distinctive French black metal ensemble, Blut Aus Nord, made its first appearance in the music sphere. The band’s name, translating to “Blood from the North,” mirrors their profound affinity for Northern European musical traditions. The originator and continuing linchpin of the band is Vindsval, who is widely acknowledged for his instrumental role in its formation.
Formed from the remnants of Rigor Mortis in 1988, Immolation became a significant force in the North American death metal scene. Originally, Rigor Mortis, conceived in May 1986, consisted of Andrew Sakowicz on bass guitar and vocals, Dave Wilkinson on drums, and Robert Vigna on guitar. After recording the ‘Decomposed’ and ‘Warriors of Doom’ demos, Sakowicz left in early 1988 and was replaced by Ross Dolan. Coinciding with this change, the band rebranded itself as Immolation. The amalgamation of Dolan’s profound bass and guttural vocals, Vigna’s innovative guitar techniques, and Wilkinson’s vigorous drumming defined Immolation’s distinctive sound.