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True Black Metal at it's most extreme.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Burzum (including bonus Aske EP) (Audio CD)
Those who know anything about the Black Metal world (and I speak of the genre in it's True form, as opposed to the watered-down, comercialised bands that proliferate the scene today) are divided into two groups: those that accept Burzum as one of the finest artists in the business; and those that disowned him after he was found guilty of the murder of the scene's founder, Mayhem's Oystein Aarseth. The initiated will most likely have already formed an opinion, and will not be persuaded to change it by what they read here. However, those new to the scene, or who have yet to pass judgement, should know that Varg Vikernes - the man behind Burzum; is not simply a right-wing extremist, arsonist and murderer; but produces (perhaps because of the afore mentioned personality traits; certainly in spite of them) what is undoubtedly *the* Blackest Metal available at the beginning of the new millenium. One of the scene's founders, his beliefs are unquestionably sincere; and his music uncomprimisingly dark, evil, aggressive and at the same time beautiful - in other words it bears every characteristic music of it's kind is noteworthy for. Vocals more akin to the death-shrieks of dying swine are issued forth at the heavens; communicating lyrics describing the paths trodden by cosmic visionaries or nameless beasts of folklore. Harsh guitar sound accompanies thunderous drumming to weave a malestrum of violent, etherial wonder about the listener; and whilst this - the first Burzum album - is devoid of keyboard accompaniment (though not of the odd notable keyboard instrumental track), it remains no less misterious than later offerings; yet no less extreme than Dark Throne. All in all this album is one to hear, and should appeal to fans of everything from Slayer to Emperor; remaining an excellent starting point for Black Metal novices. Any and all into the dark side of music should give this album a spin - there is nothing darker than this save the majesty of the nightsky itself.