CD review MORK ‘Katedralen’

Mork has its beginning in 2004 and is the brainchild of Thomas Eriksen. It started as a side-project which also explains the relatively belated debut album. ‘Isebakken’ saw the light of day in 2013 and was a kind of a kickstart for more.

More albums followed, of which ‘Det Svart Juv’ in 2019 was the so far latest countable achievement. The eagerly awaited successor is now on its way in 2021. ‘Katedralen’ is the name of the record and what can I say, it contains a lot of Darkthrone-ish black metal, which is also manifested by the guest appearance of Nocturno Culto (‘Svartmalt’ and ‘Arv’).

In contrast to genre peers, Mork’s not only relying on hyper-fast blast beats. Of course, Eriksen also puts raging elements well in scene, but these are very precisely positioned. What dominates are rather hypnotic riff orgies, topped with screeching and hoarse vocals which provide an unpleasant feeling of blackened comfort. A song that pulls it all together is ‘Evig Intens Smerte’. A furious and hellish beginning turns into a hypnotical musical fever dream which gains even more intensity with its slower middle part.

A song you should not miss is the sinister ‘Lysbæreren’ and with the nine minute long ‘De Fortapte Sjelers Katedral’ it is a demonic highlight being the ending of the album. The organ outro itself is a glorious finale that picks up the beginning of ‘Katedralen’ and brings it to an end.

‘Katedralen’ is Mork’s most mature album to date. Harshness, darkness, melacholy and sadness burst out on this album, combined with a solid groove and an overarching Nordic spirit. Close the blinds, keep the sun out and put on ‘Katedralen’, that’s the formula for sun-avoider.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Dodsmarsjen
  2. Svartmalt
  3. Arv
  4. Evig Intens Smerte
  5. Det Siste Gode I Meg
  6. Fodt Til A Herske
  7. Lysbaereren
  8. De Fortapte Sjelers Katedral

Label: Peaceville

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: March 5th, 2021

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