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4.9 out of 5 stars
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Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
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on 9 January 2004
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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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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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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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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on 24 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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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 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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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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on 16 September 2003
This four-song effort by Varg was his most experimental yet. Moving further away from the full on Black Metal assault that was the eponymous debut, 'Hvis Lyset Tar Oss' has a slower, more chilled out feel, so far removed from the full-on Black Metal assault of other bands in this scene it's unbelievable.
It starts with the fourteen minute long 'Det Som En Gang Var', arguably Burzum's best track. This song contains one of Black Metal's most memorable riffs ever and is truly a song to get lost in. Varg's vocals are as awesome as ever, eschewing the usual growls for a distinguishable screechy style. The album's title track and 'Inn I Slottet Fra Droemmen' are in the same vein as the opener, and are almost as good. Strangely for songs of this sort of length, they are not really progressive. Indeed, repetition is very important in this album, although this is in no way a bad thing. The long, drawn-out songs lead for mesmerising listening that you can find yourself getting lost in without noticing.
And after half an hour and three songs of pure genius, Varg chooses to end the album with...yet another awful synth track. To make matters worse, "Tomhet" is based on "Han Som Reiste" from the last album, and is one of the longest songs on the album, its ten minutes being some of the most boring ever put to record. But this still doesn't detract from the quality of the other three songs, and this can be looked upon as another essential Burzum release.
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