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And, although I know you were all expecting one of my excellent puns, this release has no place for one. It is, in lament terms, fucking perfection.
Although Varg may claim he dislikes his first four albums, I believe that the previous reviews sum up exactly how good this album actaully is. Varg Vikernes is one of the most infamous pioneers of the entire black metal scene, and proves it with this excellent release. Burzum/Aske is the combination of the self-titled album along with the Aske EP. This being one of the first black metal albums I ever heard, I didn't know what to think. I did, however, know that is was truly something amazing. From the opening song, "Feeble Screams From Forests Unknown", is the pace of this entire album. Varg's vocals are indeed among the best in black metal. These higher pitched screams sound almost like screams of pain, of agony. The crashing, exploding blastbeats, the distortion of the guitars, the trudging bass, and these screams are the essence of Burzum. Along with a previous review (dividingforce) I agree that "Ea, Lord of the Depths" is among the first I heard with what we know today as traditional black metal picking. And, if that isn't enough, we also have here some of the ambient Burzum. The atmospheric touch of "Channelling the Power of Souls into a New God" comes along, and I feel that it further adds to the solitude you feel when listening to Burzum. Although the most raw of albums, this does not have shit-poor production, and yet Varg adds this excellent ambient track. Who could have expected that we would have more of this atmospheric, slow sound in the future?
As a last note, I must state the effect of the simple instrumental "The Crying Orc" This song is nothing more than a heavily distorted guitar, yet it really does bring a sad feeling to your heart. The entire album, for that matter, sets an unequaled melancholic atmosphere that embodies all that is black metal. This album is history.