Burzum
Daudi Baldrs


1.5
very poor

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
January 8th, 2007 | 296 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 40 minutes of a crazed neo-nazi, church burning murderer playing a toy piano. It's only half as funny as it sounds.

If there was every any debate over Varg Vikernes' sanity, this is the album that could make or break the argument. If you don't know the story behind the man we've come to know as Burzum, well, I'm not about to explain it; you'll find the story plastered all over the internet. In short, Varg burns a couple churches, stabs a guy to death and ends up in prison. His incarceration resulted in two things, three if you want to get technical.

First and foremost, it resulted in a series of essays written by the man ludicrously known as Count Grishnackh, and second, it resulted in two albums, the first of which being Daudi Baldrs. While the final Burzum album, Hlidskjalf, was definitely not that bad, it only partially made up for the mess that was Daudi Baldrs.

Pretty much everything about this album is terrible. The easiest way for me to summarize it would be to ask if you've ever seen the movie Freddy Got Fingered. Whether you've seen it or not isn't even really that important, as the scene I'm referencing that was actually in the trailer. The scene I'm talking about has Tom Green, Gordon in the film, sitting and playing an organ of sorts. But it was no ordinary organ; it was made entirely out of sausages.

Daudi Baldrs is the "black metal" equivalent of this scene, and I say "black metal" because this album is a lame attempt at neo-classical ambiance, and it's played entirely on what sounds like a toy piano. As I mentioned earlier, this album is more or less atrocious all around. The cover art is totally ridiculous, and when it comes to the music, well, I haven't laughed this hard in a while. It doesn't start off entirely bad, though. The title track gets things off to a fairly epic start, that is of course until the saxophone kicks in. Yes, I said saxophone. Seriously, this guy has lost his mind.

To summarize, this album is what you'd get if a neo-nazi starred in that infamous scene in the movie Big. Though unintentionally hilarious, the album drags on way too long, so even the most comedic of elements just becomes unrelentingly boring. I mean, it's not a total loss, as I said it's pretty funny, at least for a little while, and it does have a few redeeming melodies, but on the whole…no. Just no. There's almost no way to enjoy this album, because even if you take it in the B-Horror “intentionally bad” way of thinking, it's still boring as hell. I'm sorry, but hearing a crazy-man play a Casio for 40 minutes just doesn't interest me, but if you're a major Burzum fanboy or you really love MIDI, well, maybe you should check it out. Otherwise, I say avoid this at all costs, even if it costs you nothing but time. This sounds like a scratch demo for an album that will never be released.

And maybe Varg Vikernes isn't actually insane, but if that's the case, then he's much too sure of himself. For now, I'm going with crazy. It's been said that when Varg is released from prison he will return to the sound from earlier Burzum albums. Well, here's hoping, because if this is really supposed to serve as a prelude to the battle of Ragnarök, well, then the Norwegians are up for a pretty anti-climatic end of the world.

Daddy, would you like some sausage? Daddy, would you like some sausage?



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Tyler
Emeritus
January 8th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I wrote this just now, really fast. I figured if he couldn't bother to put out a decent album, I shouldn't waste too much time trashing it. I guess I'll finally see my approval rating slide.

TheMisterBungle
January 8th 2007


861 Comments


I heard some stuff off this CD and actually really enjoyed it.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 8th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGVm9b4IHJk

That's the scene I was talking about.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2007


17945 Comments


Freddy Got Fingered is the worst movie ever. Review is great.

metallicaman8
January 8th 2007


4677 Comments


Nice work, addictive drug.

TojesDolan
January 8th 2007


271 Comments


Well this seems interesting. I should check the album to make a judgment. Can't be that bad :/

Tyler
Emeritus
January 8th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

It's pretty bad.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2007


17945 Comments


If the album cover is any reflection on the music then it's gotta be bad.

Nostalgia
January 8th 2007


64 Comments


This album is indeed pretty terrible. Hlidskjalf blows it out of the water.

Eakflanderyof
January 8th 2007


2143 Comments


I don't think the album art is all that bad, but I would have to see a larger image to make a good judgment. I started this review thinking that this album couldn't be that bad because it's Burzum, but when you mentioned a saxophone I died a little inside.

Really good review though. It was a fun read. I still will check this out eventually though. This Message Edited On 01.08.07

Bfhurricane
January 8th 2007


6197 Comments


very good review

JordanS
January 8th 2007


319 Comments


Great review, the last line is brilliant. That is one fucked up movie.

Sepstrup
January 9th 2007


1564 Comments


Good review. Not up to your usual standard, sure, but still good. If only you reviewed more stuff I might actually want to listen to

Tyler
Emeritus
January 9th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Such as? I'm totally willing to review any genre but indie rock, hah.

Sepstrup
January 9th 2007


1564 Comments


No indie rock? Aww...

Basically I like a wide variety of stuff that isn't metal . Hip Hop would be awesome. The site needs more reviews for that genre.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 9th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I'm actually working on at least one Hip-hop review, I just keep losing my motivation. Then it's some R&B, folk, and probably a bunch more metal. I should branch out more but it's hard not to stay in my comfort zone.

Sepstrup
January 9th 2007


1564 Comments


Yeah, it's the same thing for me, except my comfort zone is Tom Waits :P.

Meatplow
January 9th 2007


5524 Comments


Sounds interesting no doubt, even if it is bad.

I've read about Varg, and seen some photos. The image of him in a superman t-shirt was just too much.

whatsgrimace
January 9th 2007


47 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I for one really like this album.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 9th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Knew this would get me my first neg. Also knew it would be without a comment.

How is anyone supposed to improve on anything if you idiots don't leave a reason?



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