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Keeping up the good work...,
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This review is from: Fallen (Audio CD)
Hot on the heels of Belus, Varg's (Burzum IS Varg Vikernes so this is how I shall refer to him/them) fist post-prison album release, comes 'Fallen,' released no more than a year after Belus...is this a case of a little too quick, or has Varg spent his time in prison harnessing those considerable talents?
The answer, thankfully, is the latter. Resoundingly. Fallen is both darker and lighter than Belus, heavier on the bleak forest-in-midwinter atmospherics, yet containing a much greater clean-vocal element, and the result is to create a more rounded sound than the slightly one-dimensional Belus.
And boy-oh-boy is it catchy. Listen to the first 'real' track, 'Jeg Faller' once, and try and get it out of your head for the rest of your life (I'm humming it now...). Once you've purged 'Jeg', track 3, 'Valen', happily leaps into your cerebral cortex and takes over the mantle.
The reason for the four-star review is the last three tracks drop slightly in standard (only slightly), the back-on-itself riff to 'Enhver Till Sit' isn't one of Varg's best, and 'Budstikken,' although otherwise a fine song, suffers from a weak drum beat that sounds like a badly-programmed Bontempi. Coupled with the atmospherics-only outro leaves a feeling of ever so slightly being short-changed, with only 5 'full' tracks.
However these are minor quibbles, this is another rousing work from a truly original and innovative artist, and without doubt the leading light in the Black Metal scene.