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Black Metal 2.0,
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This review is from: Fallen (Audio CD)
Having bought Belus and been pleasantly entertained but not really blown away, I was a bit worried about the next album from Varg. However, the refernces made to Det Som Engang Var made me give it a try and was I rewarded!
My favourite tracks from Belus were Sverddans (faster than the others) and Kaimadalthas' nedstigning (with the spoken word), I found these elements given more prominence and the whole album felt like a more coherent product.
The intro sounds like two trolls in a cave boiling a kettle though...
I found this endearing.
From Jeg Faller onwards, each song is possessed of an insanely catchy chorus. After a few listens I was finding myself humming them without realising it. To me, that kind of music that worms it's way into your head and stays there forever is what really great albums are made of. I think I will be listening to it for a long time.
Musically, the production is clearer and the guitar is higher in the mix and more trebly, making the listening experience a bit harder to ignore. I can't really tune this album out of my brain like I could Belus. this means that when it is on you are constantly aware of it. Sometimes I found the tone a bit too harsh though, takes some getting used to.
I personally didn't have a problme with the lyrics being in Norsk, as I listen to a lot of Black metal where they may as well be speaking Swahili for all the coherency they have (Xasthur anyone?).
Combined with the album artwork, which is a big depature from the norm, I was left with the impression of a more accessible record tha still managed to relinquish none of the principles that define the music of Burzum.
If he keeps making records like this I will be happy.