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The brilliance and complexity of nearly all burzum albums is something that never fails to amaze me. The approach is usually quite simple, at least musically, but emotionally the complexity is overwhelming. There is something about Varg's music that captivates and grasps the listener, and Hvis Lyset Tar Oss is no different.
After fearing the first song, the title track of a previous album, I knew that Hvis Lyset Tar Oss would be my favorite burzum album. With a magical musical introduction, we as listeners are led into the darker, heavier aspects of burzum that we all know and love so well. The layered instruments on both the title track and Tomhet create an atmosphere that most all black metal lacks. Despite the harshly poor quality of the recording, the feeling and the intention to put the listener into a "spell" is still there, and is felt strong.
As the album progresses, the mind begins to wander as the music takes control. Unlike many burzum albums, the songs on Hvis Lyset Tar Oss are always a perfect mix of ambience and heaviness, dark and light. There are very few memorable "riffs" on this album, simply because all of the music floats in and out if itself and each track is merely a continuation of the previous track. This is one of the many reasons that I enjoy listening to this album on a regular basis.
One thing that I truly enjoy about Hvis is that it deviates from the standard satanist viewpoints that nearly all Norwegian black metal bands of the early 90's shared. Instead, the lyrical content is focused on things like myth, folklore, sadness, and gloom. These are lyrical themes that I can more closely identify with, which makes this album all the more enjoyable for me.
One complaint that I did have, although it is not major, is that the album is too short! With a total of close to 45 minutes of playback, it doesn't closely resemble burzum albums that came before it, which was a dissapointment for me. This is the only reason that this album does not deserve a 100% score.