Burzum
From the Depths of Darkness


2.5
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Review

by Lambda USER (68 Reviews)
April 1st, 2012 | 33 replies | 5,941 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An unnecessary reboot of some of Burzum's best.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

When Burzum announced that he would be re-recording a bunch of songs from his first two albums, people were skeptical. And, unfortunately, with good reason, because From the Depths of Darkness has a problem: it's just totally unnecessary. The songs that Burzum has redone here are really not much better than their antecedents, and are in fact worse in a lot of ways.

The issue is that most of the changes Burzum did pursue make the new versions worse, not better. For one thing, the production is much cleaner on this album than the originals; granted, some may see that as a positive, however much of Burzum's appeal comes from the dark, hypnotizing atmosphere he creates, and that mood is simply not as poignant with such a clean mix. The vocals on From the Depths of Darkness are also a letdown. Compared to the screeching, howling, gripping wails found on the original versions of these songs, Burzum's new more breathy, raspy, and less powerful voice just feels weak and dull. The album is also too long; because of the lacking atmosphere, it is very hard to listen to this sixty-two minute album in full. It doesn't pull you in, it leaves you uninterested. Furthermore, there are three new ambient songs on the album, the first two being twenty-five and forty-four seconds, respectively; far too short to leave much of an impact, and they leave you wondering what exactly the point of them is- especially since they are placed so close together in the track listing. As far as changes to the songwriting go, there really aren't any at all that I can distinguish, other than the speeding up and slowing down of some songs. One of the most egregious examples of this would track nine, "Key to the Gate," possibly my favourite Burzum track of all time- but on here, the song is sped up and it just doesn't work for me. The riffs are still great, but the combination of Varg's strained vocals and a feeling that is too hurried just make me want to listen to the inaugural version. (The extended outro was a nice touch, though... even if it is going twice as fast as the original.) Oh, and Varg totally destroys "Channeling the Power of Minds Into a New God," originally an ambient keyboard track from his self-titled debut album, now a boring guitar number which goes on for too long.

From the Depths of Darkness just leaves the listener upset, but probably not in the way Burzum intended. Unfortunately, these new versions don't so much revitalize as they do deaden. The combination of new, more flaccid vocals, a (comparatively) clean production job, and a lack of much change anyway make the entire album feel unnecessary and somewhat pointless. Which it, sadly, is.



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Lambda
April 1st 2012



2417 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah. Hopefully Burzum's new album is better, but from what I've read so far it may be one of his weakest yet.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2012



18238 Comments


yeah wouldnt ever bother with this

varg just needed some cash for his sweet new hat

http://i.imgur.com/D3ClY.jpg

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Fluttertrank
April 1st 2012



17098 Comments


Dauði Baldrs is my favorite burzum

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2012



18238 Comments


http://tinyurl.com/7e9zjur

ThroneOfAgony
April 1st 2012



3485 Comments


I really loved Fallen. Probably in the minority when I say that though

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2012



16134 Comments


Umskiptar is better than Fallen and Belus but still pretty meh.

Fluttertrank
April 1st 2012



17098 Comments


guys Dauði Baldrs is the best BM album ever

glezz
April 1st 2012



235 Comments


All Burzum is bad.

ThroneOfAgony
April 1st 2012



3485 Comments


no.

glezz
April 1st 2012



235 Comments


Peavey Backstage/4 track tape bad. Like, really really awful. And boring.

CaptainDooRight
April 2nd 2012



28731 Comments


"All Burzum is bad"

a troll or incredibly stupid

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Tyrael
April 2nd 2012



20798 Comments


Don't feed the troll guys

anyways, I agree that this was a highly unnecessary release and I don't think a lot of people are gonna like his new record either

an abundance of (not so good) clean vocals and a lot of repetition plague that album

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2012



31051 Comments


And yet........ 3.5/5!

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Tyrael
April 2nd 2012



20798 Comments


Well it doesn't really bother me, but from what I've seen a lot of people seem to find it boring because of those elements

Wizard
April 2nd 2012



19304 Comments


Excellent review.

it's just totally unnecessary.

This so hard plus I miss the hallowed out feel from the older production.

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Lambda
April 2nd 2012



2417 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks Wizard!

And yeah, I agree with you on the production.

Tyrael
April 2nd 2012



20798 Comments


So Lambda, have you listened to Umskiptar yet?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2012



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was meh at best. New album seems like it will be meh as well but I've only listened to the first 4 tracks.

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Lambda
April 2nd 2012



2417 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, I did hear it, and in all honesty thought it pretty much sucked. Very boring for the most part. A couple of good riffs here and there, but they are repeated so many times they lose their lustre. I'd probably put it above Daudi Baldrs on my ranking of the Burzum albums, but below everything else.

glezz
April 2nd 2012



235 Comments


I would put any Burzum album just below Taco's Greatest Hits or perhaps a Beherit Demo played at half speed.



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