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WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE

AFTER SHAKING UP BLACK METAL WITH DEBUT ‘M’, AMALIE BRUUN WAS RIDING HIGH ON CRITICAL ACCLAIM UNTIL CRIPPLING ANXIETY AND HELLISH NIGHTMARES BECAME TOO MUCH TO IGNORE. TERRORI ZER SPOKE TO MYRKUR HERSELF TO HEAR HOW NEW ALBUM ‘MARERIDT’ HELPED HER OVERCOME THEM…

In a mere three years, Danish composer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist Amalie Bruun has become one of contemporary black metal’s most vital exponents. Her self-tiled EP and full length debut ‘M’, produced by Ulver mainman Kristoffer Rygg, catapulted Myrkur into the forefront of extreme music, blowing down the doors of the black metal boys’ club. Amalie made her debut live performances opening for some of the biggest festivals in Europe including Wacken and Hellfest, scooping a slew of awards for her efforts. All this success took its toll however, with Amalie feeling drained and plagued by crippling night terrors and sleep paralysis.

“I was afraid to sleep,” Amalie recalls bluntly and without drama. “I tried to do all the things that help me relax, spending time in nature, swimming, carving wood but it just wasn’t working. The aim of this record is to exorcise these demons. My mom is a Jungian psychologist and I’ve been in Jungian therapy. I’ve really started to listen to my dreams. I was getting out of a relationship and I’ve had a lot of family drama to contend with.”

‘Mareridt’ is a logical progression from ‘M’, with a greater emphasis placed on the classical and folk elements and lavish yet concise compositions that hover around the four and a half minute mark.

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Every month when it comes to writing this editorial, I sit back and tot up how many new records I’ve listened to in the time we’ve worked on getting this bad boy to the printers, and then I contemplate just how many more we’ve got to sift through for the upcoming issues as well. I literally lose count every time and for that I’m thankful. Never does it stop being fun listening to music each and every day. For me, Terrorizer also gives an opportunity for some of those bands to talk about their creations and the stories behind them. These are aspects that to me are as equally as important as the music itself. The written word can then bring those stories to life and that, in essence, is the importance of magazines and why they are still relevant in a social media driven world. Life isn’t just a soundbite or a meme and neither is music, so being able to share the stories behind Myrkur’s stunning new album or the dark, personal journey behind Akercocke’s brilliant ‘comeback’ album is vital. I hope you enjoy reading the features as much as I did when they landed in my inbox. Alongside those two pieces, as always there’s a fuck load of awesome bands featured and the odd controversial review to boot. It’s been a blast to create the issue and we’re already hard at work at the new one so we’ll see you very soon! Stay tuned. Darren Sadler
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