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A review of the VINYL
on 26 July 2010
I will spare the reader of an in-depth review of the music on this LP, as this has been sufficiently done already on amazon, on the CD version of the combined, self titled debut the 'Burzum' album (1992), along with the 'Aske' mini EP (1993) that accompanies it. What I am concerned about with this review is the format the music is presented in, which is vinyl.
The debut `Burzum' album, when it originally was released in 1992, was essentially designed for vinyl format. Varg Vikernes (the mastermind behind Burzum) intended for the first half of the music (first side of vinyl), to be `Side Hate' and the second side of music`Side Winter'. HOWEVER, with this 2 disc Burzum/Aske vinyl reissue, I presumed before I purchased the double LP, that the first disc would only just contain the `Burzum album' and the second vinyl would contain only the `Aske' EP. But I was wrong. On this reissue the record company seems to have amalgamated the two different albums into the two vinyl, for example where the last track, on the second side of the `Burzum album', on the original release, was `Dungeons of Darkness', now the last track on the first vinyl is `The Crying Orc', where the latter should have been the second track on the second side of the original release of the `Burzum album'. This may sound all a bit irate and fussy to some, but I suppose I am a purist who believes in the original format that the artist first intended the record to be like.
Also another important issue to point out is that the album art (the front cover of the record, with the dark hooded figure in a desolate landscape) seems to be out of focus, with little sharpness at all, proving to be moderately blurry. Let me assure you that my eyesight is perfectly good; I do not own or need a pair of spectacles to enhance my vision.