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Feeble Screams from the Lord of the Depths,
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This review is from: Burzum (including bonus Aske EP) (Audio CD)
Burzum is generally known to be one of the most extreme black metal bands around, and this album does not fail to live up to this expectation. The vocals bear very little resemblance to a human voice and generally sound much more like the dying screams of a demon. This does mean that if you are unused to black metal this album is pretty heavy going. On the other hand, the drumming and guitars are fantastic throughout, especially on "Ea Lord of the Depths", "Feeble screams from forests unknown" and the Bathory-esque "War". The lyrics are fairly standard black metal lyrics, which are not particularly interesting, but fit in with the atmosphere of the album quite well. Although Vikernes undoubtedy has fairly dubious morals (mainly refering to his murder of Mayhem's Euronymous) he is very talented and this album proves that he is more than capable of playing drums, guitar and bass as well as providing the vocals, with very little trouble. This album surpasses any of his later material. Mainly because his later material was mostly produced from prison. This is "true" black metal in its rawest and most extreme format, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes their metal black.