Metal Hammer (UK) - - THE BIG REVIEW 2017 -

Mareridt RE­LAPSE

That an al­bum as eclec­ti­cally ex­treme as Mareridt is at Num­ber 2 says some­thing about the per­va­sive in­flu­ence of the un­der­ground on metal in 2017. That it was a black metal record writ­ten and com­posed by – shock hor­ror – a wo­man spoke vol­umes about the di­ver­sity that can now be found in the sup­posed metal boys’ club, and rep­re­sented a tri­umphant ‘fuck you’ to the naysay­ers. Mareridt was Myrkur star­ing down her demons, the prod­uct of a night­mare-plagued pe­riod of pro­lific song­writ­ing that har­nessed her ex­per­tise as a deft multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist. The folk mu­sic of her na­tive Den­mark a strong pres­ence, it off­set with cold, BM fury and her over­rid­ing vo­cal force, by turns spell­bind­ing, cho­ral and ter­ri­fy­ing. Mareridt was a record sin­gu­lar in ex­pres­sion that tran­scended no­tions of genre. A defin­ing state­ment of metal’s con­tin­ued evo­lu­tion­ary po­ten­tial in 2017.

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