Emyn Muil is the third solo project of Nartum (Saverio Giove) from Bari, after Valtyr (Viking black metal) and Ymir (ambient black metal). As you can tell by its name, the band’s music is inspired by Tolkien (Emyn Muil was a maze of rocky crags in Middle-Earth) and this album is based exclusively on Tolkien’s book “The Children of Húrin“. Nartum was preparing this project a long time ago, but the band was officially formed and “named” in the end of 2012. “Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga” is its first full-length album, released on January 2013.
The band is clearly influenced by Summoning’s music, as they admit on their Facebook profile. They play epic melodic fantasy black metal, with a cinematic soundtrack-like atmosphere and a few folk touches. Keyboards is the most important instrument in their compositions, either having the leading role in the melodies, or accompanying the guitars, adding a symphonic “depth” in their sound. Acoustic guitars and some folk instruments make their music even more magical and enchanting. Nartum’s black metal screams, on the other hand, sound quite raw and aggressive, exactly as this genre demands! Guitars are not so dominant and I think they mostly serve as the instrument that gives a “metallic” touch in their orchestrations, bridging the contrast between their melodic music and extreme vocals. ”Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga” is an underground production, but this somehow raw approach in their sound fits perfectly with their music. There are 11 beautiful compositions in the album, 3 of them instrumental, with a total duration over 53 minutes. The more I listen to this album, the more I like it and despite its big duration, time passes very fluently and so enjoyable! All their lyrics are in English, included in the CD booklet.
This is for sure Nartum’s most ambitious and professional work so far and I totally recommend Emyn Muil to fans of underground epic melodic black metal. Except for the free mp3 edition, “Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga” is also released in a limited to only 50 copies CD version with a bonus track. It is self-released in a totally homemade digipak edition, thus somehow fragile, containing also a small 6-page folded booklet and a sealed card. By the way, cover art and all layout are also by Nartum himself. Follow the link below to their official Facebook profile, in order to listen to their music, or try to buy any of the remaining copies, before it’s too late.
Emyn Muil @ Facebook