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4.7 out of 5 stars
Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
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on 14 February 2014
In my opinion this album is a black metal masterpiece!
Listening to this consumes all thought and focuses all attention onto the dark. the first three tracks are amoung my favorite black metal tracks that I have ever had the pleaseure to hear.

One aspect of this album worthy of note is the very impressive fact that Burzum is a one man project and therefore (varg) plays all instruments and does all vocals (when I say vocals i refer to the symbolic tortuered screams - which are not for the faint of heart)

This album is a cornerstone in my black metal catalogue and i would recommend it to anyone with an interset in extreme music.
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on 7 March 2013
I don't see Burzum as, (hang on before you start shouting obscenities) black metal, for me Varg's music is more folk than anything else, amazingly cold, atmospheric, sometimes disturbing, but folk none the less. Varg is all about the traditional culture, religion and community of his country and his music echoes this view. Hvis Lyset Tar Oss is stunning, don't mess about, buy it and listen to it immediately!
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on 15 April 2018
excelente fast delivery
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on 12 May 2014
After starting with the likes of Fen, Esoteric and Wodensthrone I thought I would try something from this formative era of black metal. This has everything that is great about more contemporary artists but is more raw and yet still exquisitely composed. Sonorous synths overlaid onto ragged drums and churning, fuzzy riffs. Bursting with melancholic passion. An antidote to the pinpoint production of more modern artists.
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on 2 March 2016
very good seller, very good item
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on 30 January 2016
Very happy very quick delivery
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on 28 March 2016
Excellent album, really genuine great black metal.
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on 8 February 2016
Not the best Burzum album,but its ok.
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on 18 August 2011
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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on 28 July 2011
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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