Myrkur—one of DOL18’s headliners—rose, fittingly, from the darkness of Scandinavia. Honestly, it’s hard to convey the chilling power of this one-woman project from classically-trained multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Amalie Bruun. Channeling the goddess Freja, Bruun steeps choral and folk elements in a heavy brew of mythology to create a delicate atmosphere, a wash of the sublime, before going straight for the throat in a venomous black metal attack.

This is beauty. This is violence. This will haunt you.