Burzum
Hvis Lyset Tar Oss


5.0
classic

Review

by bassaholica2004 USER (4 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 74 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


I'm sure everyone knows the story of Varg Vikernes and Mayhem. If not, I'll give you a quick version. Varg Vikernes joins the Black Metal band Mayhem as bassist. While with the band, Varg and Euronymous don't exactly get along, and finally, Varg goes up to Euronymous' apartment at night and stabs him 23 times in the back and neck. I guess it was found out later that one main motive for Varg killing the Mayhem guitarist was because of a debt of money Euronymous hadn't paid back.

On with the album. Let me tell you, this is NOT normal Black Metal. This is probably one of the most beautiful and epic recordings I have ever heard. Its hard to believe a man so hateful and blindingly racist could create this masterpiece. The album itself is only 4 songs long, but overall, is around 45 minutes. Each song is different, and seems to portray a different emotion.

The first song, Det Som En Gang Var, begins with a very distorted guitar playing a single note under chilling synths. Just the first 10 seconds of this album tells you you're in for a very strange album. I interpret this song about perhaps revenge, or sadness. The drums kick in later, and a new riff is used. This has an almost thrash feel to it. Then his vocals come it. This is the first time I'd ever heard Varg's vocals, so I didn't know what to expect. First of all, let me say he has a very unique style. Its like a very raspy yell, yet its controlled. Some think he is the best BM vocalist ever; some hate it. Its personal taste I guess. Either way, you can hear the emotion in his vocals quite clearly. This has one of the coolest "solos" I've heard. Its just tremolo picking of a simple 3-note progression, but it fits so well. After this, the song takes on a very dark tone, and then changes once more, then ends.

The title track, Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, begins much faster than its predecessor. Drums and distorted guitar start off immediately. The riff goes on for a while, then vocals come in. There isn't much else to say about this song; its basically the same thing over and over. However, it still is a good song, and is good to listen to. Not the best though.

The next song starts off much like the last one. This is probably the fastest song on the album. About halfway through, the drums stop, and guitar and bass play a slow, dark riff alone. After a while the drums kick in, and a cool solo-like line is played under the track, and fades off......

.....into Tomhet. This track starts off with a lone keyboard, playing a simple yet melodic line over and over. Just below it, you can faintly hear a bass-drum, and it simulates the beating of a heart. I thought that was pretty cool. A high-pitched synth line plays over the current one, and gives it a very dark, creepy feeling. This is THE atmospherical song. Its almost hypnotic, and you can almost physically feel the emotion. Suddenly, the high synth part drops out, leaving the beginning line to play alone. This, then, drops out onto an undertone, then harmonic parts play over it. This is the most desolate, almost depressing song I have ever heard. It makes you actually feel alone, completely isolated from everything else. Undoubtedly he was inspired by his prison cell for this. Suddenly, another high-pitched synth plays over. It sounds almost like a flute, or some other wind-blown instrument. Still, the heart-beat drums continue. This goes on for a while, over and over. Then it ends, leaving the undertone, which eventually faded out itself.

This album is a very dark and lonely look inside Varg Vikernes' mind. The first track conveys probably hate, despair, revenge. The 2 middle tracks are very BM-ish, representing hate. The final track, however, is a very somber track. To me, it is the emotion of someone just giving up; accepting his/her fate. I strongly recomend this album to anyone wanting to listen to some very strange, yet hauntingly beautiful music. It needs to be listened in its entirety, however. Single tracks don't capture its message. Overall, I give this album 5/5. Very, very nice job, Varg. I'm definetely going to get more Burzum material, and I suggest you all do, too.


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Bartender
Emeritus
November 25th 2004


826 Comments


Great review. I count myself as a fan of Burzum, but I don't actually own anything by him. For some reason, his albums are never the ones with even a half-decent price.

Anyway, Det Som En Gang Var (the only track I've heard from here) is amazing. Everything about it is just great; I especially like the really weird, echoing thing the drums do every now and then (including when they first come in). And I love his vocals; one of the best around, to my mind.

LordDargon
November 25th 2004


165 Comments


I think that's the one I heard... I could never get into it, even though I listened many times. I still want to check out the s/t though.

Shadows
Moderator
November 25th 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. Burzum is good stuff, and strangely, I don't own any of his stuff either.

skateMASTERbater2
November 25th 2004


39 Comments


good review, i dont know any of those songs, but i may listen to them now

Per Ardua Ad Astra
November 25th 2004


106 Comments


This album is absolutely classic.

superpeer
November 25th 2004


257 Comments


Definitely sounds interesting, I think I've heard one song of this album. Can't remember it very well though.

Nice review.

bassaholica2004
November 25th 2004


40 Comments


I think the prices are so high because they're imported specially or something. I was looking at Amazon and they all say Import, and they're all in the $23 range, which is pretty high for any album. It is wierd that they're so expensive though.

superpeer
November 25th 2004


257 Comments


Ah, I've just heard 'Inn I Slottet Ira Droemmen' again, but stopped it after 2 minutes, was very boring. :-/


Might try again tomorrow.

thordendal
January 11th 2005


7 Comments


This album is amazing.

Dancin' Man
January 11th 2005


719 Comments


I have yet to hear this album or enjoy Burzum. Mabe I will try again.

Silenius
January 11th 2005


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I just got this, absolutely wonderful, this one of the most unique experiences that music has ever given me. Varg is full of hate and he can channel his feelings extremely well into his music.

Kwash2
January 12th 2005


6 Comments


Any idea where I can DL Tohmet?

It sounds amazing.

bassaholica2004
January 12th 2005


40 Comments


[QUOTE=high_voltage_acdc]I just got this, absolutely wonderful, this one of the most unique experiences that music has ever given me. Varg is full of hate and he can channel his feelings extremely well into his music.[/QUOTE]
Yeah, exactly how I feel. Every time I listen to this album I get that feeling. You know this isn't some shit wannabe album, this is the real deal. I never would've thought one of my all-time favorite albums would come from an atmospheric, one-man Nazi band in prison. :lol:

Arrakakaka
October 26th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I hate nazi's and the idea of fascism, yet I like Burzum. It's a very epic piece of work. Repetitve and hard to get into, though.This Message Edited On 10.30.05

Jesus4Hire
December 6th 2005


1 Comments


det som en gang var is probably one of my all time favorite metal songs, personally i feel the rest of the album is lacking, great review though

sj_2150
December 6th 2005


251 Comments


this influenced a kid in my town to burn down a century year old church, this must be some crazy influential black metal...

Aakon_Keetreh
December 27th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this cd is amazing

Bfhurricane
December 27th 2005


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just cant see how a metal album with 4 songs on it with all dubbed instruments gets such a high user rating... which means i am DEFINITELY checking this one out!

good review btw. made me decide to buy the album

Nargar
January 16th 2006


7 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i don't own the album "Hvis Lyset Tar Oss" and i never heard any of his songs on this album. i know burzum for 4 months now and after hearing "lost wisdom" (a masterpiece i can tell you that) i was hooked. i bought my first burzum album "Det Som En Gang Var" (what once was) a week ago and damn the man is a musical genius. i directly started to play his songs and it comes to my attention that all of is songs are very simple to play but sounds like fucking black metal pink floyd. www.burzum.org to find the REAL story about the killing of euronymous (and it wasn't about money). his comments about the murder are: "i have no regrets for saving my own life, truth is simple. aarsthad (euronymous) has intended to kill me. So i killed him before he managed to kill me. He tried but he failed and now he's death hahaha."
he is still a extreme right man.

Bfhurricane
January 16th 2006


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes ive read that story online (it was almost too long) and realize that him killing Euronymous in that specific situation wasnt completely wrong, considering the circumstances, but Varg could have done better things like not visit Euronymous or stay away from him. I still think he deserves to be in jail where he belongs.
And i got this album just a little while ago and I think its amazing! Despite what I dont like about the guy, he is a great musician. I love this stuff I plan to listen to more of his albums.



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