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"Hvis Lyset Tar Oss" ~ Burzum
I can clearly remember the day I listened to this album. I was looking for new music to listen to, and I came across this CD. After doing a bit of research on the CD, I became highly excited and couldn't wait to listen to the CD. Soon, I had the CD ready to go and I started listening. The album is a pure classic that seemingly cannot be topped by anything in Black Metal, no matter how much is released. Though some albums may, and are better, for Varg Vikernes, this is his opus.
Hvis Lyset Tar Oss is just one of those CDs that once you listen to, it captures you, and forces you to listen. As you sit and listen, you tend to question "My, how can anything top this?" and then soon the question is answered by either a new riff, or some sort of synth notes that help to move these four long songs on forward. The album is one that creates a wall of sound that just pounds you from beginning to end with a bleak atmosphere, hitting riffs, and screams from Vikernes that tend to make you fear for your sanity.
The album begins with the song "Det Som En Gang Var," whch opens with about a minute or two of a very faint, atmospheric guitar sound. This early in the album, Vikernes establishes the atmosphere as he begins to take the listeners on a the journey. Soon, the beating of the tom drums begins and helps to mold the song until the main riff comes in and makes the song it's own. Varg's shrieking joins in and easily makes this song a very memorable one for a Black Metal fan as this song just runs through torment and pain through a beautiful atmosphere.
Next is the title track that ends up starting right from the opening gates with a hypnotizing riff and driving drums. The track seems to almost sneak up on you after the opening ambience of the first song. Varg's trademark screaming once more helps to drive the song on as the atmosphere is still not lost.
"Inn I Slottet Fra Dromemmen" starts with a slow double bass rhythm followed by the guitar riff. Soon, the drums kick into a rhythm that seems to perfectly meld with the guitar riff even though it seems off beat. Varg quickly lets his voice join in with a surprising scream of total agony. That vocal work never ceases to amaze me in this album, and neither does the guitar work. The riff for this song just seems to fit with the structure.
The final song is the all ambient synth track "Tomhet." Even though this song is very interesting and soothing, and helps to mold the atmosphere even more, I often find myself fast forwarding further into the song to the middle, where the song really becomes great. Even though this song is not an onslaught like the previous three, it still has it's place amongst them because of the atmosphere created by the earlier tracks in the album.
"Hvis Lyset Tar Oss" is one of the albums that got me into Black Metal, and what a wonderful way to begin such a journey of life with a journey in music. It practically changed the way I looked at music. The album is completely definitive to the genre. Every riff is memorable, and the harsh screams of Vikernes will stay in your brain. Vikernes proves his genius with this album, his opus.