Band – Myrkgand
Album – Old Mystical Tales
Country of Origin – Brazil
Genre – Melodic Death/Folk Metal
Release Date – December 20, 2019
Label – Dead Red Queen Records/ολιγόψυχων αισχύνη
Author – Hayduke X
There is unrest in the land, and the fey are stirring. Dragons are once again spotted flying through the dusk sky. Occasionally cattle disappear in the night. There is a restlessness in the air, light the energy felt before a big storm, but no storm will dispel this. The wyld are rising again. That which was once relegated to the realm of fiction and fantasy is once again making itself known.
At least, that’s the sense I get when listening to Old Mystical Tales but Myrkgand.
Originally released in February 0f 2019, Old Mystical Tales marks the second full length by this one man plus friends project. Myrkgand is Dmitry Luna, originally from Brazil, but now in Portugal if Metal Archives is to be believed. By my count, the album features sixteen guests providing everything from a solo to vocals to drums. My version of the album is a cassette from Dead Red Queen Records, which is stunningly beautiful with an elaborate body print and case in vibrant colors. Undoubtedly more important, it sounds great!
Myrkgand plays melodic death metal for the most part. There are elements of both folk metal in some of the melodies, and symphonic metal through the wonderful, yet restrained use of keys. The listening experience is immersive and will indeed carry you away if you will let it. Dynamic pacing, well thought out composition, a strong vocal performance, and earworm riffing all contribute to making this an album well worth hearing. It may be a little older, but it’s well worth seeking out if you haven’t yet. Come. Join us in the world of mystical darkness and delights.
Biography: Hayduke X has been writing for MoshPitNation since June of 2016. He is also a contributor to The Metal Wanderlust. Prior to joining the MoshPitNation team, Hayduke published reviews on his own blog Rage and Frustration. In addition, he has DJ’ed an online metal radio show of the same name as his blog, written for TOmetal.com, done interviews for Metal Rules, and collaborated with The Art of B Productions to create video interviews with a wide variety of bands.