Merkstave / Merkstave
Album: Merkstave   Collection:General 12"
Artist:Merkstave   Added:Mar 2014
Label:Pesanta Urfolk  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-03-14 Pull Date: 2014-05-16 Charts: Loud
Week Ending: May 4 Apr 13 Mar 23
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 28, 2014: Deathcrush
Lament For Lost Gods Pt. 1
3. Mar 17, 2014: Deathcrush
Lament For Lost Gods Pt. 1
2. Apr 07, 2014: Deathcrush
Spawn Of A Lower Star, Lament For Lost Gods Pt. 2

Album Review
The Grunt
Reviewed 2014-03-14

Merkstave // Merkstave

Beautiful unique DOOOOOOOOM. This 2013 album is VERY highly regarded and unfortunately Merkstave broke up by the time this was released. Play it! Mention that this beautiful piece of vinyl was sent to us by the awesome record label PESANTA URFOLK

Supposedly 33RPM, but i say feel free to experiment.

Side A
This is absolutely stellar. Starts slow and doomy, but picks up to a ripping fuzzed out black metal assault. Vocals are growls / screeches with soft sweet echoing female singing underneath. Slows down to a slow doooooom drone with banshee howls.

I realize now that I accidentally listened to this at 45rpm…so imagine everything i just said but slowed down!!! Or play this at 45rpm and chose your own adventure…I actually just listened to it AGAIN at about 15rpm and it STILL slays. You really can't go wrong with this track!

B1 - Slow, resonantly deep riffs, low growls. Melancholy dirty melodies segue into some fuzzed out riffs with pinch harmonics bubbling up through the mist.

B2 - Beautiful well-rounded doom. Emotive growls, dynamic, distorted riffs, acoustic riffs, and the occasional double-bass. Ends with some thoughtful piano...

Track Listing
1. Lament For Lost Gods Pt. 1   2. Lament For Lost Gods Pt. 2
  3. Spawn Of A Lower Star