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Umskiptar (Deluxe Digibook) [Limited Edition]

Burzum Audio CD
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Burzum is a musical project by Varg Vikernes (originally under the pseudonym "Count Grishnackh"). It began during 1991 in Bergen, Norway and quickly became prominent within the early Norwegian black metal scene. During 1992 and 1993, Burzum recorded four albums; however, in 1994 Vikernes was convicted and imprisoned for the murder of guitarist Øystein "Euronymous" ... Read more in Amazon's Burzum Store

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  • Audio CD (21 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Byelobog Productions
  • ASIN: B007I0C4YA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Umskiptar album is also a return-to-the-roots album for me, with a strong focus on atmosphere and wholeness rather than anything else. The vocals on this one however are more important than on any other album, with a total of 66 stanzas, some of them even repeated a few times, making up the lyrics of the album. The vocals are very important for the special atmosphere and are more important than on any other Burzum album, and more varied too and as honest as it gets. The concept of the album is Umskiptar (English = Metamorphoses), a deeply rooted European (i.e. Pagan) Stoic concept of changes. This concept was chosen in a world heading for a new Ice Age, and can therefore also be seen as critique of all the popular political movements of our age of lies - VARG VIKERNES

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 65 minutes of pure skaldic metal 6 Jun 2012
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SUMMARY: Umskiptar means Metamorphoses, and this is truly a concept album. The vocals are mostly clean, deep and powerful. The tempo is slower than on "Fallen", and there is even more atmosphere. Use has also been made of a lure and an old grand piano. I really don't think Varg is capable of releasing a bad album: Whatever else you think of him, he is a musical genius.

DETAIL: Similarly to Belus, I was initially disappointed with this album and I really had to listen to it quite a few times to fully appreciate it. Now I love it. It is again a different musical style, even to "Fallen", to which it is most similar. Often minimalist and deceivingly simple at first listen, it lacks true harsh vocals, and has less metal elements. However, the metal elements are still essential to the sound. There is a lot of variety in vocals with spoken passages and some very tuneful singing such as on my favourite track "Galgvidr": This really stands out in the passages where minimal instrumentation is used. I now can't stop singing along to that song even though I don't know the actual words!

There is a lot of emotion, predominantly melancholy, packed into this album. The lyrics are all from the Old Norse epic poem Völuspá, which Varg has translated himself in his book "Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia". Finally, great use is made of Burzum's now trademark hypnotic repetition, especially on the longer tracks. This is also accomplished better than ever before by changing instruments through a song, for example on the amazing "Alfadanz" and the aforementioned "Galgvidr".

The digibook is good quality and it is well worth buying this edition. The booklet contains the lyrics as sung, which are in original Norse.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Burzum's latest record.. 19 Feb 2013
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..is a concept album telling us the old Norse story of the creation of the world and its ending, the Völuspá. Musically, Varg has tuned down quite a bit compared to Fallen. All songs on this record are played in a slow tempo and Varg often speaks under his breath which in total gives this album a very spiritual touch. Worth buying it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The king of black metal 22 April 2013
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If you liked Fallen, you will probably like this.

On Fallen, the stand-out track was Jeg Faller, which is classic Varg because he is able to take a relatively simple idea and craft it into a great piece of music. Some of the other tracks were quite forgettable, but Jeg Faller is worth the price of that CD alone.

On Umskiptar I haven't really spotted a stand-out track, but unlike Fallen, the standard of all the tracks is very high. It is very similar to Fallen in terms of production (i.e. good scratchy guitars, drums low in the mix, professional mastering etc.).

Varg has decided to add a weird spoon-tapping sound to some of the songs, which is probably some traditional Scandinavian thing. It takes a bit of getting used to, but works well in the end (after 10 or so listens).

All in all, an enjoyable album, proving that Vikernes still deserves to be considered 'the king of black metal' - something which I think few true black metal fans would deny.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I LIKE THIS CD SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH. THE FIRST 4 TRACKS ARE WORTH WAY
MORE THAN THE TOTAL PRICE OF THE CD.THANKS VARG. ANOTHER INCREDIBLE RELEASE.
IN A GORGEOUS DIGIPACK.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Power and Atmosphere 22 May 2012
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Umskiptar, the tenth full-length album by Burzum, Varg Vikernes' one man band, is nothing less than an atmospheric triumph. Vikernes sets the sixty-six stanzas of Voluspa, the opening poem of the Norse Poetic Edda, to the unmistakable soundscapes of Burzum. It works. Reading through English translations of Voluspa by Vikernes in his book Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia, as well as a translation by Carolyne Larrington (Oxford World's Classics), the music and words complement each other power for power.

The music is pure Burzum, full of chainsaw guitars, repeated motifs in the songs, and full, epic sweep. Changes in dynamics, such as the solo piano in Alfadanz and the pounding drums that open the album, break things up without jarring the listener or detracting from the atmospheric spell that Vikernes weaves.

Vikernes' voice is no longer the pained, angry yowl of his youth; nevertheless, it is quite expressive and suits the mood of the music and words well. His voice takes on different roles. At times, he sounds like a grizzled chieftain relating the tale. In some places, he sounds like a poet. On Valgaldr, he sounds downright otherworldly.

Umskiptar is the fourth Burzum album to be released in just over two years. Vikernes maintains a standard of high quality. Umskiptar is to be savored from beginning to end; it is a rewarding experience. Recommended.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Scaldic Metal 8 Jun 2012
By Netharos - Published on Amazon.com
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Black Metal fans, look elsewhere. To Burzum fans, who appreciate the way the music always sounds like nothing else before or since, this is another treasure to add to your collection. Umskiptar once again breaks ground by taking the music in a new & unexpected direction, while still staying true to the Burzum fundamentals("fuzzy" guitar riffs, engaging atmosphere, etc). One of the most interesting elements of this album is that the lyrics truly take center stage. I really enjoyed the range of Vikernes' vocals on Fallen, and he goes many steps beyond that here. The sound of the Old Norwegian lyrics is fascinating as well--you can really feel the power behind these ancient words.

Today, I found myself crammed in an overfull bus that was hot and smothering. I decided to close my eyes and listen to Umskiptar. Soon, I forgot about the sorry conditions of where I was, and instead found myself in some place better. I think that's a testament to the transcending strength of this new Burzum album.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Only To Filosofem 22 May 2012
By B. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Aside from a minor volume issue on the 2nd track (the first couple of minutes suffer from Death Magnetic loudness syndrome for whatever reason) this is easily the best sounding Burzum album yet. From a songwriting standpoint, all the standard Burzum tricks and cliches are here and done as well if not better than before. If you're not a fan of the clean singing or "talky bits" of Belus and Fallen, you may not be terribly fond of this record since there are few growls and wails to be heard throughout. It's also worth noting that Varg has become a MUCH better bass player recently...

I've listened to this maybe three or four times so far and find new little bits every time. It's truly a fantastic album and as my title states, second only to Filosofem. That says a lot too because I really, really love Belus.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold, dark, and powerful... but you either 'get' this music or you don't. 11 Aug 2012
By G. Parker - Published on Amazon.com
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I can give this 5 stars without hesitation, in MY opinion this album is very strong and amazing. This is some of the best blend of folk/black metal / Scandanavian atmosphere I have heard since Ulver's Bergtatt. Now, keep in mind this is Varg's style of music and so it does not sound directly like Bergtatt by Ulver, just that the mood/atmosphere seems of a similar quality to me, with this release being a little slower overall but evoking a similar mood. I love Ulver's first album so for me to compare this to that at all is intended as a compliment to this album, yet this is by no means a rip off of that, it's very different musically just the mood is similar to me.

Ultimately if you will like this album or not is a very personal thing and also depends on what other music you appreciate. You can easily listen to the whole thing on youtube, and I recommend listening to it there before you buy it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 4 Nov 2012
By Carlos - Published on Amazon.com
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A fantastic new Burzum album!

An amazing atmospheric album, with different songs.

Umskiptar can be considered one of the best burzum's albuns.
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