April 19, 2009

Murw - In de Mond van het Onbekende Wacht een Oceaan

Genre(s) - Black metal
Origin - The Hague, the Netherlands
Year of release - 2007
Bitrate - 320 kbps
Size - Enough that I had to cut it in two

A darkness unearthed from native soil. "Murw", in Dutch, is the state of mind reached through breaking one's will by violent or insidious means. It is the slavish, panicked compliance of the battered, degraded whore, or the dull receptivity to mental manipulation of the religious cultist. A more suitable name for a band as doomy and sinister as this can not be found. Underlying the "necro" aesthetics is an adventurous heart that strains to make itself known; personally I think it should strain a little harder. There are a lot of great, rather progressive songwriting ideas that come out well, and a few others that are held back by the music's detached nature. Despite this, minor flaw as it is, it's an intriguing first full-length. It's somewhat melodic, gets its atmosphere across with credibility and no two tracks are alike. Excellent stuff, and yes, probably the best Dutch black metal album that I have heard up until now.
  1. Intro & Vuilnisbelt ("intro & garbage dump")
  2. Shape a suffering statue and exclaim it
  3. Geen weg meer terug dus recht door zee ("no way back so straight ahead")
  4. Emotienood ("emotional anguish")
  5. In kind dedication
  6. In woe
  7. In de mond van het onbekende wacht een oceaan ("in the mouth of the unknown, an ocean is waiting")
Load it down (part 1 - 57.71 MB)
Load it down (part 2 - 40.24 MB)


  1. the link of part 1 is no longer valid, can it be fixed?

  2. It can, and it's been fixered!

    Thanks for alarming me about it.