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I consider every Burzum album nothing short of a masterpiece. I would listen to each one, and I would like the next one better than the one I listened to previously, but this album, it just takes the term masterpiece and goes beyond it. Everything is great about it, the vocals, guitar, drum and bass. Best of all this album establishes a dark atmosphere that can plunge you into the black metal world and never let you go.
The first song you get on this CD is 'Det Som En Gang Var' and it is a black metal song of epic proportions, it starts out with somewhat of a long intro and then eventually leads into droning black metal riffs, sometimes that would be a bad thing, but Varg finds a way to make it work and just creates darkness with every riff he hits, the bass is well heard enough and the drumming is standard, but that is all you need for this song to be perfect, it would never have to go above and beyond. Also worth mentioning is a neat drum effect that is used a couple of times in the song. Vargs vocals sound like they usually do, very shreaky and very awesome, this is Varg at his bes.
The next song 'Hvis Lyset Tar Oss' is more of a standard black metal tune, but when is coming from this man, nothing is standard. The riffs are of course awesome to listen to, more great vocals, bass and drumming. It doesn't stand out or anything, but it goes along with the rest of the album perfectly.
The same can be said for the next song pretty much 'Inn I Slottet Fra Droemmen', it's more of the standard stuff, but it just works with the album so easily, and I really like the translated english title of the song too.
'Tomhet' The last song on the album, is nothing like the rest of the CD, but that is what makes it great. It serves as the perfect closer to a perfect album. It's more of the synth/keyboard stuff that Varg is known for with his later albums. It's a very simple track, but it also keeps the dark atmosphere going and will just engulf you with the emotion and the darkness that is present in the track.
So, the main thing I have to say with this review is that you need to hear this album, if you find it in a store one day, and are interested in Burzum or Black Metal, you have to give this one a shot, it's just an amazing piece of work that should never be forgotten in the Metal world. Go get it now!!