Burzum
Burzum/Aske


4.5
superb

Review

by LifeInABox USER (23 Reviews)
August 7th, 2007 | 109 replies | 11,770 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The debut from Burzum delivers.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Ever wondered what it is like to look into the mind of a lunatic? To stare right into the empty voids that are eyes and see what is going on inside their twisted minds? Although this is quite impossible to literally accomplish, some insight to what storm is raging inside their imaginations can be experienced through examination of artwork done by the person, in this case the omnipotent Count Grishnackh (born Kristian Vikernes on February 11, 1973), of Mayhem fame. His true artistic talent shines through in his solo project, Burzum. The self titled debut from Burzum provides a window of opportunity to study the tumalt that spins on inside of Varg Vikernes’s head.

From the opening droned stynthesizers of Feeble Screams From Forests Unknown to the closing silence of Dungeons Of Darkness, a listening unlike any other befalls the listener. Ambient interludes and fading melodies strung together in perfect form engage a feeling of inner peace, yet uneasyness is not far from the mix. Black Spell Of Destruction drones on with fractured guitar riffs and driving drum beats. One thing that is almost absent from Burzum is blastbeats. The usual pelting of skins that is thrown your way in Black Metal, is mysteriously missing from this record. The replacement: interesting and effective beats that keep the music held together. Ea, Lord Of The Depths is a perfect example of a simple 4/4 beat with double timed bass hits that holds a song together like Gorilla Glue.

The moving ambience on this record is enticing. Songs entirly composed of haunting keys add a dark mood to the music. Channeling The Power Of Souls Into A New God is an interlude that sets the mood for the entire album. Channeling synthes and daunting melodies darken an already aphotic listen. The Crying Orc, another instrumental track invites fantastic melodies into the mix. The short, yet beautiful guitar scales keep the dark mood of the album to a maximum, while still wooing with their creative brilliance. My Journey To The Stars is no different, with unheard of catchy riffs and pained shrieks that are put forth through 8 minutes of atmosphere and elegance.

War, a blatant Bathory rip off, shows that an almost positive attitude can also be contributed to the music, without adding a cheesy or aggravating sound to a somber record. Once again, twisted howls portray a tortured edge to the music. These one of a kind vocals are some of my favorites in the Black Metal genre. The relatively thin tone to all the instruments actually does not hurt the sound of the album. It fits the music amazingly and in no way could be improved upon. In under producing the record, the raw sound does not sound forced. There was no need to record this album through a tape recorder to make up for a lack of raw sound. That raw sound was integrated into the music from square one. Evil just seems to come infused with Burzum.

From start to finish, the extraordinary mind of Varg Vikernes was at work. The marvelous debut from a band that would shape the face of Black Metal for years to come continues to amaze casual fans to die hards, listen after listen. The originality was crafted with perfection, and Buzum will never be duplicated.

Pro’s[+]
Incredible atmosphere
Musicianship is superb
Melodies are beautiful
Simple yet effective instruments don’t sound forced or overdone

Con’s[-]
Dungeons Of Darkness while contributes to atmosphere, doesn’t do much else
Some song lengths might be hard for some listeners to cope with

Recommended Tracks
My Journey To The Stars
War
Ea, Lord Of The Depths
Feeble Screams From Forests Unknown




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LifeInABox
August 7th 2007



3708 Comments


Ehh, I might need to tweak this a bit. It's a tad short, but overall, I'm content with it.

blackmilk
August 7th 2007



584 Comments


Wow you actually used the word "dank" in a review.

LifeInABox
August 7th 2007



3708 Comments


Dank as in dark, not dank as in cool.

Angmar
August 7th 2007



2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dank actually means uncomfortably moist/wet.

Perdy good review, this is Burzums weakest BM IMO but still good.

LifeInABox
August 7th 2007



3708 Comments


Ehh, like dark, wet. Hah, I think I'll change that.



Cravinov13
August 7th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review. I voted. This album/ EP is amazing.

LifeInABox
August 7th 2007



3708 Comments


Thanks, Crav. Am I allowed to call you by you're first name, or do I have to call you Crav?

Cravinov13
August 7th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You, Confessed, and kalkai can call me Seth cause you all added me on myspace. :p

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2007



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review dude, got my vote. "War" is a great song, I still need to find this in person though, I only have the Mp3's of the songs off here.

LifeInABox
August 7th 2007



3708 Comments


Haha, score!

Thanks man. Yeah, you migh thave to order it off of Amazon or something like it.This Message Edited On 08.07.07

Cravinov13
August 7th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

or find an expensive import at Cat's Music.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2007



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't have a Cat's Music where I live, I only have 1 store which has ANYTHING related to Burzum, and they only have Hlidskjalf, Det Som Engang Var, and Daudi Baldrs.... all on vinyl....

LifeInABox
August 7th 2007



3708 Comments


Ouch. Vinyl is almost useless.

Angmar
August 7th 2007



2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I take vinyl over CD tbh.

Dargon
August 7th 2007



9 Comments


Vinyl is fucking elite, you idiot. I wish I had a turntable.


on topic:
Great, a 14 year old kid who literally discovered black metal one month ago is now our resident black metal reviewer. It figures you'd interpret this album in a cliched prepubescent way. "It's a glimpse into Varg's DARK AND TORTURED SOUL, man. DARK and TORTURED."

other than that it's ok.

Cravinov13
August 7th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't. You can't put it on an iPod and go places.

LifeInABox
August 7th 2007



3708 Comments


My point exactly.

Dargon, you had to rear your head here? Great. I can't wait until I get my Massacre and Obituary reviews up.

blackmilk
August 7th 2007



584 Comments


This review should be for Burzum, not Burzum/Aske.

That's what CDs and mp3s are for. Vinyl is a completely different format that has its own unique characteristics and is mostly intended to be listened to a certain way.

You can also 'rip' vinyl if you have the right equipment.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2007



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For Black Metal, I like vinyl, it brings out the raw nature of the music.

LifeInABox
August 7th 2007



3708 Comments


I did only review the s/t for that reason, but I'm not going to split it up.



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