Mork - Eremittens Dal album review

Norse extremity with a heart of pure grimness

Cover art for Mork - Eremittens Dal album

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There’s always a danger when truly underground artists poke their heads above the music biz parapet that rough edges will be sanded off and intensity diminished. But while there is no denying that Eremittens Dal sounds bigger and more powerful than either of Mork’s previous, ultra-kvlt full-lengths, this is still a viciously raw, primitive and uncompromising blast of oh-so-Norwegian black metal that shares Darkthrone’s myopic, stripped-down predilections while vigorously tapping into the eerie essence of the early 90s. From slower, more menacing barrages like Forsteinet SOFTWAREmark” gingersoftwareuiphraseguid=“6d516589-d573-4de6-badb-f66d00e0c285” id=“0a5804f1-59f0-4baf-a65a-ebc2fab81c52”>I Hat to the flat-out bleakness of the title track, Mork mastermind Thomas Eriksen’s vision is straightforward enough. But despite plenty of nods to the old school, the likes of Et Rike I Nord sound less like retro exercises than a subtle but much-needed update of black metal’s original quest for total darkness.

Dom Lawson

Dom Lawson has been writing for Metal Hammer and Prog for over 14 years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He also contributes to The Guardian, Classic Rock, Bravewords and Blabbermouth and has previously written for Kerrang! magazine in the mid-2000s.