Burzum
Hvis Lyset Tar Oss


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by Zefferon USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 101 replies | 8,610 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


1 of 2 thought this review was well written

"Hvis Lyset Tar Oss" by Burzum

Lineup:
Kristian "Varg" Vikernes a.k.a. Count Grishnackh: All vocals and instruments.

TOTAL: - 44:37

Released: 1994

Label: Misanthropy Records

Released after the phenominal "Det Som Engang Var" and written and recorded at around the same time, this album seems to be the plateau between the black metal Burzum of "Burzum," "Aske," and "Det Some Engang Var" and the electronic "Daudi Balders" and "Hlidskjalf."

Det Som Engang Var- 5/5
Talk about putting your best foot foreward. This song at first contains an electronic intro focused on a flute sound for about 3:00. This is a very great addition to the song, creating a nice feeling of anticipation and anxiousness but at the same time makes you want to stay in that same moment. After this opening the speed picks with the heavily distorted guitar and bass but the keyboard effect stays on during the duration of the song, helping to carry the main guitar riff very well. Soon after this we get an introduction to Varg's shreiking vocal style which in itself is very different from the normal black metal frey. At about 9:00, the song slows down and goes into a very drum focused phaze and stays like this until the end of the song.

Hvis Lyset Tar Oss - 4/5
Directly after the slow flushing out of Det Som Engang Var, we come to the title track. One thing about this song that sets it apart from the rest of the album is the fact that it contians no keyboards. This song stays at the same pace and uses the same base riff during the whole song. While this works well for most of the song, it just feels like it is a minute longer than it ever should have been.

Inn I Slottet Fra Droemmen - 5/5
A very good followup to the title track, this song manages to keep it's **** together for the whole 8 minutes. Containing more riffs and contains a fair ammount of keyboards. The one thing that separates the effects on this song from the one's used on Det Som Engang Var is that they act like effects on this song, rather than carry the song in the foreground. The guitar work is solid and very good sounding, and everything stays in the very Burzum-style of minimalism.

Tomhet - 5/5
And the album ends with a sign of things to come. A song that is completely made useing a keyboard. The whole song stays very slow and creates both a feeling of hope and dispair. One thing about this song that I noticed is while the song generally stays the same, any slight change in the sound being used or the speed or the volume changes the song very much. Brilliant writing here.

This album stays as one of Varg's greatest albums. Though I wouldn't recomend Burzum for everyone. Varg's vocals maybe very hard for most people to get used to and those looking for a big production are not going to find it here. The minimalism of anything Burzum might bore some. But a big recomendation to anyone looking for something a little different in black metal, all metal, and music in general, this album this a great introduction to the work's of Varg Vikernes.

Final Score - 5/5


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suspect
September 20th 2004



16 Comments


Great review.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
September 20th 2004



106 Comments


Nice review, i think this is the first Burzum review. 'Aske' owns.

Bartender
Emeritus
October 1st 2004



826 Comments


Good review. I don't own the album (haven't been able to find anything by Burzum cheaply enough), but Det Som Engang Var (the song) is awesome.

Shadows
Moderator
October 2nd 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oooooohhh...Burzum...(drools). This is the first one, and it's about **** time. This is one Black Metal band I don't know much about would sure as hell like to from the songs I've heard.

Toozey
October 2nd 2004



77 Comments


Det Som Engang Var is pure evil.

Aakon_Keetreh
February 19th 2006



448 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review

a perfect album.

kalkal50
April 30th 2007



2386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review, but I don't think a track-by-track really fits in to Burzum's albums

Meelk
May 24th 2007



126 Comments


burzumgasm: ejaculating while listening to burzum.
hah hah i'm the unibomber.

Thor
May 25th 2007



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Please, we don't need more of that around here.

Cravinov13
May 25th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good God people. enough with the maturbation crap.

Confessed2005
June 29th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, it is rather strange.

Listening to this right now.

Straight off the bat, it's damn good. But I think it's going to take more than one listen before it sinks in. His vocals are nuts.

ValiumMan
June 29th 2007



493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Average review. This album is great, I still think he sounds like an old hag and I still think Filosofem is better than this, but I like it a lot more now than on first listen. Also, I still can't tell why I like Burzum so much. I feel Varg (despite being the biggest dickhead alive) reaches for something a lot deeper than what metal (including the black stuff) is usually going for, but I can't tell how he does it.
On another note, Inn I Slottet Fra Droemmen weirdly reminds me of Can :DThis Message Edited On 06.29.07

Epilogue
June 29th 2007



1591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tomhet is really awsome. This is getting really close to a five now...

LifeInABox
August 6th 2007



3708 Comments


How can you give Inn I Slottet Fra Droemmen a 4, but Tomhet a 5 when it's just synthesizers for 14 minutes?

Cravinov13
August 6th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The ambience is pretty sweet.

LifeInABox
August 6th 2007



3708 Comments


Yeah, but it shouldn't have been an entire track long.

Cravinov13
August 6th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you should never listen to Rundtgaing Av Den Transcendentale Egenbetens Stotte off of Filsofem then.

Ominous Inane
August 8th 2007



188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm listening to Tomhet on my vinyl right now, so damn sexy!

LifeInABox
August 8th 2007



3708 Comments


Tomhet is kinda boring after such an incredible album!

Cravinov13
August 8th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NEIN!



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