Danish black metal singer and Myrkur frontwoman Amalie Bruun has ruffled some feathers by infiltrating the male-dominated black metal genre, and reportedly has received some death threats simply based on the fact that she's a woman. Critics allege that she's destroying the genre. Bruun, who sings, screams, composes and plays as well (if not better) than the heaviest hitters to ever enter the Scandinavian black metal scene such as Darkthrone, Burzum, and Mayhem, has breathed new light into the dark, dismal industry, and some crybaby men just can't handle it.
Amalie Bruun. Amalie Bruun, frontwoman of Myrkur, has received death threats for simply being a woman in the male-dominated black metal genre. Critics are worried, evidently, that Bruun is destroying black metal.
No one opened the door for me. "No one entered the door for me. I had to let myself in," said Bruun. "There's something special about women in metal. I don't think there's anything scarier than a screaming woman."
Beautiful doesn't mean soft. Bruun is destroying stereotypes and breaking down walls. "I don't think that something has to be soft in order for it to be beautiful. Nature, for example, is beautiful, but it's harsh and it hits you."
Misconceptions about black metal. "I don't consider myself to be a spokesperson for black metal. But, rumors that it's all about Satan are a little idiotic," said Bruun.
Other artistic genres. "It's not seen at the artistic level of other musical genres," said Bruun [on death metal and black metal]. Bruun, however, compared the guitar stylings typically used in black metal riffs to the precise technique needed to properly handle a violin bow.
Stage presence. Bruun is often the only woman to grace the stage at black metal festivals. She commands the audience's attention with her masterful presence onstage, with the spellbinding allure of a young Stevie Nicks, the voice of a Scandinavian folk goddess and the growl of a young Foust.
Death threats. Bruun has received more than nondescript anonymous death threats. She's received death threats that name-dropped Bruun's close family and friends, indicating that those lodging threats against Bruun have taken the time to borderline stalk her.
It's raw. "It's raw, which to me represents true beauty. Beauty isn't pretty. It hits you."
Hate mail. Bruun's critics have said that she's destroying the genre of black metal. "Am I really that powerful that I can ruin an entire genre? I don't think so," said Bruun.
Threats to her safety. "I've had some scary moments where you believe that people can get within a physical distance to you. Would they do this to me if I were a man? Probably not."
A witch hunt. Bruun compared the threats lodged against her to critics waging a witch hunt. Women in the industry are frequently threatened and intimidated into leaving.
The dark history of black metal. Scandinavian black metal has a dark and violent history. In the 90s, churches throughout Norway were burned by certain members within the black metal community.
Burned churches. Images of some of the burned churches were used as album covers by black metal bands. A notorious example is an album designed by Varg Vikernes of Burzum.
Dead is dead. A Swedish musician named "Dead" was popular in the black metal industry. He committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Fellow musician Euronymous took a photo of Dead's dead body and used it as an album cover.
The death of Euronymous. Euronymous was stabbed to death by Varg Vikernes. Vikernes has Nazi ideations and has praised the Nordic race as superior. Black metal isn't known for being politically correct or friendly to outsiders, including women.