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Hvis Lyset Tar Oss

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  • Audio CD (5 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Plastic Head Music
  • ASIN: B0000573SM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,346,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 quality is excellent. It is slightly crisper than the original which brings certain elements more to the front, such as the horn sound on the long intro to the first track.

There is also a brief (new) note by Varg about the release and the Norwegian lyrics are reporduced, with the rest of the writing in English this time. Some of the original notes and artwork are missing or not as good as on the original release and the German translation of the lyrics is also missing.

Thus my feelings about this release are ambivalent, but I couldn't bring myself to give it less than 5 stars because the music is what really counts. The nearly 15 minute long opening track 'Det Som En Gang Var' is still one of the best and most atmospheric black metal songs ever recorded and never feels like its true length; even if the rest of the tracks, whilst good, pale in comparison.

A note about the re-releases in general: the cleaned up production loses a little bit of the original atmosphere but adds some clarity and a bit more force. It is hard to choose which version I prefer for most releases except "Filosfem" where the cleaner production somehow completely ruins he atmosphere of the album, and I find the re-release unlistenable! However, the new version of "Burzum/Aske" is well worth buying for the inclusion of the Aske version of "A lost forgotten sad Spirit" and the informative notes on the involvements of Euronymous and Samoth.
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This album surpasses all metal and has not been matched since. Four lengthy songs in a symphonic ambient black metal style takes metal to its highest point in evolution and beyond.

This one-man band orchestrates with a thematic narrative that puts the listener into a dreamlike state. Simple riffs are layered to create epic structures and are ambient in tone resulting in a range of moods while maintaining a trancelike effect. Shifting harmonies throughout these themes creates a journey of intense emotion and heavy realizations. Each track varies in speed and style but are all strongly connected like a classical movement. Ideological impact is the key to this albums power as songs drive forth with outstanding passion and sincerity. The subtlety is so deep that each listen will evoke feelings of wonder and majesty no matter how many times visited. It is an epic poetic story that is mystical yet symbolic to reality - it literally awakens your soul with a vision of eternal order through chaos. The album ends with an ambient keyboard track that is minimal and allows heavy reflection and resolution after the severe intensity and whirlwind of emotion from the first three tracks.

The result is an experience like no other album of modern times. Its power is immense and makes us contemplate the deepest questions of our very existence. In the age of our moribund civilisation this album is the ultimate warcry against the stupidity of the modern world.
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By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
As stated in the title, this is Varg's masterpiece mainly due to the minimalist theme which is prevalent through out. What could so easily have become tedious or boring if attempted by 'lesser' people is an album of true vision and at the time in total contrast to what people's perception of 'black metal' was. Varg achieves soundscapes of both raw and primitive 'evil' and yet evocative and truly transcendal passages of music. The intro to the 14 minute title track before the first riff is heard is evidence of this, haunting in its slowly moving an evolving sounds, and yet strikingly simple and 'dreamy'. Repetition of riffs seeks to continually enhance and build an atmosphere, not because Varg is incapcable of progressing songs, but because of an understanding of aesthetics. The following two tracks while also utilising minimalist techniques and being respectively good songs in their own right, ultimately pale when stood against the magnitude and scope of the first song. The 10 minute keyboard track 'Tomhet' which rounds up the album leaves me in a state of ambiguity as to whether it is music, or a lesson in constructing passages of minimalism for the sake of it. Either way, this album represents a true black metal classic of undeniable genius. Whether you love or hate him, worship him or want to kill him, Varg's music remains thus = Essential listening.
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This is clearly a contender for one of the best black metal albums ever put to record. The album only consists of four tracks which act more like movements in a classical piece of music rather than actual songs. Keyboards are put to greater use here to add layers of atmosphere. The result of having so few tracks is that there are no weak moments; each one stretches out for eternity and takes the listener on a journey to the time which modernity forgot. Varg's trade mark screech, although making an appearance, is used sparingly, preferring to let the music be the focus of the album. Production is perfect here as well, the drums blend well into the background to provide added texture and although the sound is warm, the guitars are harsh enough, and the playing competent enough to transcend the studio environment; they have a sharp cold element to them which the keyboards are able to build upon with more layers of atmosphere. The closing track is a 14 minute synth piece entitled "Tomhet" which stretches out across time and space and is a perfect way to close the timeless feel of this record.

This is an album designed to grab the listener's full attention; it is an album to be listened sparingly, on special occasions. The first few notes on the opener "Det Som En Gang Var" set the mood perfectly and send a clear message to the listener that they are listening to something seminal, and demands one's full attention. Not only does the music invoke this mood of an ancient spirituality, but the artwork courtesy of Norwegian artist Theodor Kitteslen, sums up the album perfectly.
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