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All of Burzum albums, this one is without a doubt, the most powerful of all. While I enjoy all of Burzum's early work quite a lot, none have captured me as well as Hvis Lyset Tar Oss. While only consisting of four tracks, these tracks create such an atmosphere, unmatched by anything else I have ever heard. This is not an album to headbang to, this is not an album that can be blasted while driving. This album has a very personal feel to it, music one should listen to alone, and take seriously.
The first track, Det Som En Gang Var is easily the best song on the entire album. I usually don't have any patience for long tracks, and despite being fifteen minutes long, there is not a single second of boredom to be found here. All the instruments just are perfectly calculated. This track explores all kinds of emotions. Loneliness, helplessness, reflections of the past. There is not much else that could be said about this track. It's a slow and beautiful song, and flawless in my mind. Hvis Lyset Tar Oss is much more aggressive and faster then the previous track, and is not as well composed, but is also a worthy track. It is similar however in that it is also very atmospheric, and uses hyponotic repetition, and can in some ways distract one from reality in a way, as if one were in a dream-like state.
In I Slottet Fra Drommen, from my own estimation, is an underrated track. It lacks the atmosphere of Det Som En Gang Var, yet is also very dispelling listen. This track also has very good structure, it relies less on repetition and changes more often then any of the other songs on here. The last song, Tomhet, is an ambient track. I had avoided this track for awhile when I had heard that, but I eventually gave it a listen. Despite not having any vocals, this track is a true masterpiece. Like the rest of the album, it also uses hyponotic repetition, however, I never seem to get bored despite this. It has such a powerful melody, you will probably wish that it never ends upon listening to it.
This album has all the elements of a great atmospheric black metal album should have. The music takes me to another state of mind, almost losing touch with reality while playing. It tends to make the mind dwell, and touches all different emotions. This is an essential listen for any fans of this type of music.