10 / 10
"… very hard to pick some tracks that are standing out from the rest of the album which is so compact and strong as this one is … I am sad because we will not hear anything new from MYRKGRAV in the future, but one is for sure – MYRKGRAV has finished their story the best they could – with one of the best Folk Metal albums that I’ve ever heard …"
(Celtic - Slavic Webzine Serbia)
10 / 10
"What I especially enjoyed in this record and also in Myrkgrav’s music in general is this contrast between the instrumental sound and the extreme side of Metal and we get to hear this combination really well throughout the record … for the lovers of the folk-ish side of the genre, the instrumental songs will be definitely earcandy whereas the lovers of the Black and extreme Metal will enjoy the harsher songs more."
(Melody Of The Soul)
10 / 10
"… this album must be heard!"
9,5 / 10
"I’m sure there are tons more but if I had to put a list of bands that everyone should know about and probably don’t, Norway’s Myrkgrav would most likely be at the top of my list … I am crossing my fingers that 10 years from now maybe you will revisit some of these tracks? I will keep the torch lit in the meantime… great album."
90 / 100
"We are very happy with MYRKGRAV … the songs are very entertaining … a fusion of Scandinavian Folk music and extreme Metal … the lyrics of the Folk story out of the medieval period are very strong in all the songs …"
90 / 100
"… a fantastic album in its own right and its greater than the sum of its parts. Lars Jensen is a master of his craft and should not be overlooked."
9 / 10
"The mix between the instruments and the Nordic tradition is fantastic which makes this second and probably final album a must for fans of Folk / Viking Metal."
(World Of Metal Radio)
9 / 10
"… perfect blend between Folk and Metal, much more appealing than just adding folk instruments to Metal songs. In some parts it reminds me on Falkenbach or Windir … 14 songs, 64 minutes, there are no weak parts, just pleasure for our audition."
(Sounds From Apocalypse)
9 / 10
"… instrumentally well achieved … execution is flawless and the suitable choice of the Hardanger elevates the compositions to another creativity level … balanced and diversified, combining heavy, progressive and atmospheric sonorities … doesn’t spare any folk motifs, slightly resembling the unique style of the Norwegian band Windir."
(The Black Planet)
9 / 10
"… one mind and a lot of talent … within its creative process, the incorporation of traditional instruments is the key, giving them a lot of presence, without neglecting the hardness of Black Metal. The special ability of Lars to find this balance, makes his music is quite special and stand out in comparison to other Folk Metal projects … more than entertaining … a pleasure to taste from start to finish."
9 / 10
"… one of its kind: balanced and diverse, combining (in appropriate proportions!) a heavy, progressive and moody atmosphere … folk motives, a bit reminiscent of the unique style of the Norwegian band Windir. The fact that it was composed and produced by one man in my opinion only raises its value."
4 / 5 - great
4 / 5
"… a nice package farewell to an artist who has traveled more muted in sounds halfway between Falkenbach and Otyg, to the now inflated Folk Metal roots. Many thanks to the courage of Lars Jensen, who from the small town of Åsa tried to guess the road of the musician and it has finally come out with grace and undoubted class."
(All Around Metal)
4 / 5
89 / 100
"If you like Folk music and Folk Metal and you have not heard MYRKGRAV until now, then you have a huge reason to be very happy right now … good enough to be written in gold letters to Folk Metal history."
13 / 15
(Folk Metal Austria)
85 / 100
"The songs are strong and at times just incredibly beautiful."
8,5 / 10
"The songs to be mentioned would be many, but particularly affect the beautiful instrumental, even four, intense, metallic and harmonious landscape soundtracks of Norway to discover and whose 'Spålsnatt' and the beautiful 'Osta Glette' are the shining examples of the talented Jensen … 'Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen' and is thus an exciting album, which deserves the attention of not only fans of the genre, but also of music lovers in general."
(In Your Eyes)
8,5 / 10
"Perfect referee farewell of a rare and precious group."
8,5 / 10
"… a meritorious blackened Folk Metal album with a charming authenticity. Think in the direction of Månegarm and Fejd."
82 / 100
"… a meritorious blackened Folk Metal album with a charming authenticity … think toward Månegarm and Fejd."
(Lords Of Metal)
80 / 100
" … this is 100 % Norwegian, but no corpse paint, no inverted crosses or dark acts …"
8 / 10
"Guests, which are a few on this release, did a great job and so the final 'product' is at the highest level."
8 / 10
"… great sounding album from MYRKGRAV … if you are a fan of Black, Folk and Viking Metal, you should check out this recording."
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)
8 / 10
"MYRKGRAV's success ten years ago, in addition to Jensen's excellent musical flair, was mainly due to the fresh and symbiotic mixture of Folk and Black Metal, which is often tried but rarely achieved in the way, manner and quality of MYRKGRAV … also the farewell of the band undoubtedly shows these characteristics and is in this respect a really good album …"
8 / 10
"… entertains with a broad variety of speeds and sentiments, a few ballad-like parts or fast-as-an-arrow Black Metal cudgeling really appreciate this both serious and twinkle-toed approach of MYRKGRAV … Folk Metal in its pristine shape, without swaying stereotypes to death and falling prey to Humppa – simple, beautiful and touching!"
8 / 10
"The farewell album of MYRKGRAV is a strong, mature disc … it's definitely worth for those who are interested in the culture of the Scandinavian folklore or the hidden corner of Norway, in addition to the pure, beautiful melodies …"
7,5 / 10
"… has the stentoric epicity of the best Vintersorg … MYRKGRAV knew how to compose …"
70 / 100
"As for the technique, we are at a high level, there are no burrs and all instruments are mixed to perfection … thanks to adequate production and a perfect mix … the arrangements are very attractive, with well-studied scores and everything is where it should be … at times the involvement is total … and touching emotional peaks worthy of the most inspired Borknagar ("Om å Bekhette Danse" and "Sjuguttmyra" are a clear example) …"
(Insane Voices Labirynth)
"… old fashioned Norwegian fiddle music crossed with the finest in ogre-roar Metal, and it is glorious … I mean, I love fiddle music and I love ogre-roar, so long as the doom is properly leavened, and in this case the Folk elements shine like bright ribbons on a dark tapestry … it is sweeping, majestic, overwhelming and boneshaking, the way ogre-roar Metal is supposed to be, at its finest when its power feels inexorable, like pull of the tide going out … it is also chair-shimmy music."
(Now This Sound Is Brave)
"There are only a few Folk/Viking Metal bands that can truly combine extreme, fast-paced brutality with just enough folk influences and melody to set it apart from generic Black Metal … ”Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen” not only accomplishes this feat, but also has a great variety … not a detail has been overlooked, from the traditional percussion to the beautiful Nordic lyrics, and the amazingly authentic sounding folk elements … exceptional, moving fiddle playing, well varied and tactful drumming, and just magnificent riffs … the vocals are intense, or profound depending on the mood … it reeks heavily of everything done right."
"Pure class - from beginning to the bitter end!"
"And Lars 'Leiðólfr' Jensen … is effective wonderfully successful testified this album … but his love for Black Metal coming here well covered … so there a huge variation occurs between the songs … all this is occasionally supported by choirs which some tracks give something epic … fans of both Black Metal and Folk Metal, and by extension Viking Metal, should definitely seek out this gem … and quite possibly a huge sale of this album can ensure that this is not the last we hear of MYRKGRAV … this is really top of its genre, so it is a mystery to me why this is not picked up by any major label!"
"Pure, elevated and sharper vocals, folk instruments, mostly violins and pipes. Guitars with roots in black metal. Nice, dynamic music."
"MYRKGRAV doesn’t present only music … it presents emotions, tradition and culture … everything about this one-man Folk Metal is unique and in perfect musical balance … Music for the ears and soul."
"The entire album is a spin more than worth … there is no time the listener will get bored in this swirling mix of Folk and Metal."
"'Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen' promises a powerful listening experience … thanks to a tasteful blend of fragrant harmonies, the inclusion of the Hardanger fiddle and only the bitterest of Black Metal sounds … i can be cherished for delivering a few flashbacks, like "Finnkjerringa," "Sjuguttmyra," and 2014's "Vonde Auer"; yet, beautifully crafted newcomer "Skjøn Jomfru" is sure to impress."
"It makes a good overall impression of what the work has to offer … one feels something connected with the culture in the north … a very interesting album, which is very good to hear at a horn full of Mead …"
"… a monumental effort that was released just in time to enter the hall of 2016’s finest moments in extreme music."
(Dave Wolff - Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)
"While it is a great pleasure to get your hands on the new album "Takk Og Farewell; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen", released in October 2016 (ten years after its predecessor), on the other hand I can not help but admit to try a certain melancholy, as if I were witnessing the end of something … again it comes to high-level tracks …"
"… catchy and triumphant … Jensen beautifully weaves traditional melodies … with stately Metal in a fashion which offers one as a complement to the other … tastefully melds it with smooth, brackish execution … MYRKGRAV has and always will be the real deal, and I’m going to miss that."
"'Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen' is a very good disc, which shines in the most diverse facets and thus comes incredibly varied. One feels almost physically, how much the folklore and tradition is important to Mr. Jensen, and the heart blood, which is in the disc."
(Bad Black Unicorn)
"… a natural fusion, the guitar riffs flowing effortlessly, with high Nordic melody. The Folk instruments are subtle, lending atmosphere and providing the thematic basis for each composition … showing off a range of MYRKGRAV's strongest material."
"… undoubtedly a great album, in which the smoothness and heaviness are perfectly blended thanks to the mix of guitars, drums and traditional instruments. It is sad to see how such original projects end, we can only hope that in a while listen to news about the band."
(TNT Radio Rock)
… a very interesting album … Lars shows everything he knows … an artist in the pure sense of the word. The kind of guy whose musicality goes beyond the borders of the common man … listen MYRKGRAV's 'Takk Og Farvel' if you want more than a Folk Metal album."
"… Lars Jensen, creates the perfect balance between Folk music and Extreme Metal. He uses instruments like the Hardanger Fiddle … and that really gives the album a feel of older times … it also takes me back to the 90s when Norway had a few supergroups on the go… and MYRKGRAV can rival anything the likes of Satyr and Fenriz put out back then."
Åsa, Ringerike • Norway
Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen
The MYRKGRAV album "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" (translation: Thank you and farewell; times have changed) is difficult to give an unbiased description of. In essence, it is a follow-up to the 2006 debut album "Trollskau, Skrømt Og Kølabrenning", but needless to say a lot can happen in ten years.
Still, "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" represents a natural progression from what the debut album showcased: proper FOLK METAL with roots in the blacker side of the extreme Metal genres. "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" has been launched on all streaming services October 26th.
Online FDR download with full resolution cover art at Bandcamp has been started as Digital Release on October 26th, 2016. Physical format CD and limited edition CD in collaboration with Pest Productions and METALMESSAGE • Global PR was officially released on September 21st, 2017.
Since September 28th, "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" is also available as a digital download edition. This version is based on the 24 bit FDR master data of the album and can be downloaded in various formats. The whole thing comes with the album artwork, which enjoys the eyes with a resolution of 300 dpi:
The goal of MYRKGRAV has always been to create a natural fusion between Scandinavian Folk music and extreme Metal. Whilst perhaps being an overly ambitious goal, "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" further strengthens the Folk music elements of MYRKGRAV, without negating its extreme Metal roots.
One of the most important elements towards achieving a proper Folk and Metal blend was to incorporate traditional instruments into the songwriting process and giving them key roles in the compositions – rather than just to use them as a gimmick, which many so-called Folk Metal bands unfortunately suffer from.
Professional Hardanger fiddle artist Olav Luksengård Mjelva was hired to not only record Hardanger fiddle parts for "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen", but also to aid in the production and arrangement stage of incorporating the instrument. The Hardanger fiddle is Norway’s national instrument, and adds another layer of the beautifully haunting Nordic Melancholy to MYRKGRAV's latest compositions.
As the title of the album reveals, "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" is also MYRKGRAV's farewell record and disbanding statement all in one. Times change and the man changes with them. With a decade separating the first and second full-length with only crumbs having been shared in-between, naturally aspects have changed both for fans and band alike during the excruciatingly long radio silence. Because of this, the new album encompasses everything that MYRKGRAV's has ever had to offer – or at least an attempt has been made, if we are making bold statements. As such, it was a natural choice to include re-arranged and re-recorded versions of a couple of old classic songs from the "Trollskau, Skrømt Og Kølabrenning" album, as homage to what most would probably call OG MYRKGRAV.
Like always, Lars Jensen presents to the world with MYRKGRAV, through the voice of music, local history and Folklore from Ringerike, Krokskogen, Nordmarka, Lommedalen and the other nearby areas surrounding where he grew up.
Back in 2006 Lars was but a 19 year-old folklore enthusiast – but is now at 29 a student of folklore and ethnology at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. Having access to a wide array of Folklore and folkloristic learnings has also strengthened MYRKGRAV's core value of exploring a culture unknown to most.
While not exactly time travel, MYRKGRAV aims to function as a looking glass into times past, its cultural oddities, values and stories. And while we are talking about stories, every single lyric for every song on the album will be illustrated with hand drawn illustrations in the style of famous Norwegian author, illustrator, painter and comic creater Kjell Aukrust.
MYRKGRAV is all about the full package. Not only is new music used to tell stories of times past, but the stories also deserve to come to life through visual representation. Hopefully these forgotten tales will come to life in the minds of the many, from all around the world, and take their place in history once more.
Sept. 21st, 2017
Sold out boxset, limited to 50 copies, including digipak CD, logo patch, two postcards (pictures from Lars' home village Åsa which he personally made) and a flag (80x40cm), showing the front cover and map of Ringerike:
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