Distributor/label URL: https://www.nordvis.com/en/
Buy Album: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strävan-Murg/dp/B07NRFC61S/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Murg+–+Strävan&qid=1554716356&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spell
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/murgofficial
Vargher – Bass, Guitars, Vocals
Urzul – Guitars
1. Ur Myren
6. Tre Stenar
Murg are a Swedish black metal twosome who will be releasing their third album ‘Stravan’ or ‘endeavour’ on 26th April. It is the final chapter of a trilogy that begun in 2015. Its theme is the death of mankind, brought about by its flaws and perversions. What replaces humanity is a perfect beast, born to sacrifice itself to end the whole universe. Murg’s furious sound is also inspired by the huge forests of its hometown, Bergslagen and the hundreds of years old abandoned mines found in them.
Abandoned mines. Sounds interesting. Well, unfortunately not as much as you will probably be hoping. It sounds like the band could be writing about any old Satanic cliches and they come up with very few concepts more extreme, atmospheric or adventurous than their peers. These people sound almost exactly like Darkthrone/Gorgoroth at their dirtiest and countless hundreds if not thousands of obscure bands that copy them. The music is well composed, it’s cold as hell and is filled with passion, but still; blast beats, tremolo picked guitars, harsh chord progressions and screaming? You probably get the idea.
Note I said ‘almost exactly’. There are moments of welcome serenity in the title track, ‘Stravan’. The tempo is relatively slow, some guitar parts are clean and thoughtful and they are a breath of fresh air. The overdriven tones in the classical inspired end section of ‘Berget’ are also intriguing and contemplative, just a little more jarring. None of the just mentioned is exactly revolutionary, but still; it would have been a far more interesting listening experience if the seemingly ’added on’ ideas were more frequent than the more than expected ones.
In conclusion, you really have to like your black metal, if you’re fine with hearing more or less the exact same sounds since the early 90s over and over. Murg could have been so much more if they were less afraid of mellowing out. There’s nothing wimpy about going clean; so called ‘nicer’ tones can sound chillingly eerie, and they do so on this album. I’m giving this album an average score, but if it was completed all those years ago when the style was just becoming popular, maybe I’d give a it 4. But you won’t necessarily agree with what I have to say. Check out the band for yourself by following the link below!