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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A few things you should know about 'Filosofem'
'Filosofem' seems always to have been the most popular Burzum release, and while lacking the utter perfection of 'Hvis Lyset Tar Oss' (see my review of that), it is still a fantastic piece of work, epic and full of anguish. The guitar sound is crisper and more defined than other Burzum releases, yet still has a beautiful coldness, all washing and swathe-like. Folk art by...
Published on 24 Jan 2010

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2.0 out of 5 stars A few notes about the Byelobog re-release
This version is in a jewel case with the original cover artwork on the booklet, presented in a cardboard slipcase that has the image shown by amazon. The sound has been cleaned up which unfortunately has not worked for this album. It grates and has none of the original atmosphere I loved this album for. (The othere re-releases have not suffered from this problem.)...
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by Varian Beauregard


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4.0 out of 5 stars A few things you should know about 'Filosofem', 24 Jan 2010
This review is from: Filosofem (Audio CD)
'Filosofem' seems always to have been the most popular Burzum release, and while lacking the utter perfection of 'Hvis Lyset Tar Oss' (see my review of that), it is still a fantastic piece of work, epic and full of anguish. The guitar sound is crisper and more defined than other Burzum releases, yet still has a beautiful coldness, all washing and swathe-like. Folk art by Theodor Kittelsen illustrates the sleeve, and while Kittelsen seems to be a favourite with Norwegian musicians from Wongraven to When, rarely has any music matched the atmosphere of his drawings as it does here.

"Suddenly, life has new meaning..." It's hard not to feel a chill down the spine as Varg sings that line...or during the entirety of 'Beholding the Daughters of the Firmament', where a poem by Tolkien is changed to mirror the dreadful cold of winter and ancient night. Yes, this is a quintessential Burzumic release...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A few notes about the Byelobog re-release, 11 Jun 2012
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Varian Beauregard (Le Jardin d'Angleterre) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Filosofem (Audio CD)
This version is in a jewel case with the original cover artwork on the booklet, presented in a cardboard slipcase that has the image shown by amazon. The sound has been cleaned up which unfortunately has not worked for this album. It grates and has none of the original atmosphere I loved this album for. (The othere re-releases have not suffered from this problem.)

There is also a brief (new) note by Varg about the release and the lyrics are reporduced. The original artwork as on all the re-releases is of lesser quality than on the original release (smaller and slighlty obscured).

Yes Filosofem is an amazing album and black metal classic but the cleaner production somehow completely ruins the atmosphere of the album, and I find the re-release unlistenable! Track down the original.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most important black metal album of all time, 8 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Filosofem (Audio CD)
Vikernes actually topped "Hvis lyset tar oss" by creating this masterpiece. Minimalistic, monotone black metal art with a lot of misanthropic atmosphere.Great production, especially the vocals "suffer" like never before...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "In every night, theres a different black", 7 Jan 2003
This review is from: Filosofem (Audio CD)
This was the last "studio" album released by one man band & Norse extremist Varg Viknerness (well, released after his imprisonment infact), and its quite a departure in sound from previous releases. I'd say it was the most accessible for the first timer - instead of shrieking these are clever distorted industrial type vocals. still intense, with the added bonus that you can understand what he's singing. The guitars are multilayered, treble heavy & much more intricate than first meets the ear, with repeated listens you will hear hidden stuff. I can;t say I;ve heard anything quite like it. I only listen to the first 3 tracks (not a fan of the ambient later 3 songs)& they are worth 5 stars on their own. This isn't 100mph black metal.. the riffs are monstrously heavy, the guitars ultra-cool, but the effect is more of moodiness/mystery. Favourite track is no. 3.. I can't explain why, but I can easily listen to this on repeat for hours on end, the intensity, seriousness & ambience created are what sets Burzum aside from the rest.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trance out in the black, 16 July 2010
This review is from: Filosofem [VINYL] (Vinyl)
When night falls life has new meaning...

There is not another album like this in the whole world, but be warned, it might take you places you don't want to go...maybe into the silence of a forest at night with a burning stave church at your back as you walk into exile from the rest of humanity...

Seriously though, this bridges the gap between ambient and metal. Did it need to be done? Well let me ask another question, do you need to eat brains?

Don't question, just lie back and listen...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black metal should have ended at this album, 17 May 2012
This review is from: Filosofem (Audio CD)
The greatest black metal album. Each track is absolute perfection when it comes to ambience and painting landscapes in the mind. Nothing more to be said. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My fav BM album, 7 July 2011
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This is pure true Black Metal. Everything is perfect here: the raw unpolished sound, the distortion from that crappy cheap guitar, the depressive vocals, the artwork...everything. Even the "new age" 25 mins long minimalistic song is a must, perfect to listen to while taking a long walk in the deep frozen woods.
BUY IT.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, 29 Oct 2010
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A great album that every Burzum fan should own with great songs like dunkelheit/burzum and Jesus' Tod .
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4 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album overall, but the experimental tracks are lacking., 3 Mar 2002
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The first thing i noticed when listening to this album is that it only has 6 tracks and 4,5 and 6 are almost a waste of time. Not entirely but these tracks are Varg experimenting with synth and atmosphere, but when it lasts over 30 minutes it does get tedious. Despite that the first 3 tracks are really good, highly distorted guitars and voice that give a kind of hypnotic feel to it. Dunkelheit and Jesus' Tod are the best tracks on the album. Jesus' Tod has to be my faveourite, its rawness and furiousness make it listenable for the full 8 minutes. Dunkelheit and Erblicket die Töchter des Firmaments also stand out as well written black metal songs. Overall Filosofem has a great atmosphere and that's what Varg was trying to create, but the end half of the album does seem (to me) boring and not worth the listen.
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