Extreme metal and electronic music have an interesting, and to me, rather distasteful relationship. Whenever an extreme metal band incorporates electronic or industrial influences, they tend to do it in the sloppiest, most obvious way possible: black metal with thumping house beats and clanking background noises, death metal with inept synthesizers chirping in among stale riffs, and a never-far-off similarity to Combichrist are all seemingly rules of the game at this point. It seems that the very best bands who are influenced by electronic music are those who don't make a point of it- they don't stubbornly insist on their industrial pedigrees or suggest that they're creating some new, brilliant style with their (nearly always) ham-fisted and cliche-ridden mixture of two poor versions of better parents.
Mirkvid flips that on its ass by being a black metal band legitimately influenced by electronic music but making absolutely no note of it. You will never find anyone describe Mirkvid as "Electronic black metal" or anything of the sort- they'll just say that it's black metal, but, like, kind of weird, like it doesn't really FEEL like black metal... I don't know man, you just have to hear it.
Mirkvid is a one-man project from Alaska that's released several albums since the '90s, all of them on CDr and all of them completely unnoticed by the greater metal scene despite the project's absolute brilliance. Describing the project's music is pretty difficult and better done in imagery than text:
-Doing twelve hits of ecstasy and dancing all night to a DJ doing remixes of Throndt songs
-Ten goth kids taking psychoactive drugs, setting a cop car on fire, and then having group sex in the firelight
-A grim Norwegian forest except all the wolves and ravens are robots and they all move in perfect synchronization with each other and the moon has been replaced by a giant blacklight in the sky
In short, it's black metal for the club; I actually listen to this and I have no doubt that if I were to slap it on at a rave, the kids would keep dancing without even a slight expression of dismay. It's realistically black metal: there's a lot of thrashy tremolo riffs and rasping vocals, but the melodic sense of the riffs often has much more to do with cheap anthem trance synthlines than Darkthrone and the hissing vocals sound more like a perkier Nivek Ogre than Varg Vikernes. Add the thumping, punky bass and the drum machine that eschews blasts for frantic 32nd note hi-hats and hyperspeed rock beats and you have something totally magical. Not even to mention the sporadic synths which just make the whole thing that much more glorious.
There's a distinctive energy and delightful passion to this music which makes it totally singular- I can't think of a single other band out there that sounds like Mirkvid and I doubt I ever will. I've never wanted to dance to black metal like I have when I heard Mirkvid. Perfect music to fuck some skinny, glittered-up goth girl to.
Because they're so unfortunately unknown, no Mirkvid material is on Youtube. To ameliorate this deficiency, I've decided to upload the project's 2002 album, "The Burning Night," for your listening pleasure. Download below and let me know what you think in the comments. It's sick.