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Just a couple months after recording the "Burzum" full-length, Varg returns to the studio to record "Det Som Engang Var". As always, Varg handles all instruments and vocals himself. This time the music is a lot more power chord-based, a lot less hi-hat, and the vocals sound way better with some clear chant-like vocals on some of the tracks.
Starting off, "Den Onde Kysten" is a beautifully ambient soundscape translating to "The Evil Coast" when suddenly the key to the gate blasts off with some fast-paced drumming and fast power chord progression. Varg's vocals sound like hell itself, powered by the fast drumming and guitars. After awhile it goes into a more soft soundscape with, believe it or not, a solo. The second track, "En Ring til å Herske", is highly power chord-based with some choir-like keyboard towards the middle. The next track, "Lost Wisdom", is to me more of a "filler". Although it is catchy, it ruins the atmosphere slightly. After a beautiful ambient piece, "Ham Som Reiste" and, one of the best tracks Varg ever wrote, "Når Himmelen Klarner", kicks off. The atmosphere in this song is amazing, although it is sort of ruined towards the middle when the drums and bass kick in.
The next track, "Snu Mikrokosmos Tegn", is an extremely underrated track. It is only based around a couple of riffs. It creates a very "full" sound, especially with the song structure. Towards the middle of the song you can hear the chant-like vocals again. Ending the album, "Svarte Troner" kicks in. The track is an odd way to end an album and has a very creepy feel to it.
Overall, this album is a huge improvement from his debut when it comes to song structure and playing, although there are quite a bit of drum fuck ups and some annoying parts, such as the last track. This is Burzum at his finest moment and overall I would say it is great for someone just getting into Burzum.