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Burzum's third full length, Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, is one of the few albums I would describe as a "musical journey" or any other hokey bullshit like that. There's four songs, and they are all fairly long, coming to a total of around 45 minutes.
The production is typical Burzum, or I guess I should say was typical Burzum, as this is the last album to feature this style. It's often described as "dissonant", which is a pretty accurate description, and somewhat onomatopoeic as well. The guitars have a good buzz to them, the drums are not overpowering like they are in so many metal albums, and the vocals are still the trademark Varg screeches. It's a very good production, without being good as defined by mainstream standards...but I could rail on all day about modern attitudes towards production values, so I'll stop there.
The first song, Det Som Engang Var, is a whopper. Varg not only made the best song of his career, but made what is quite possibly the best black metal song of all time. Words can't describe how good this song is. Even if the rest of the album was filled with crap, this one song would make it worth buying. If it were a single with only this song on it, I would give it a 100, or damn near close to it. It's that good, folks.
The next two songs are somewhat similar in their sound. They are both midtempo, moderately long, extremely repetitive pieces. That being said, I prefer Hvis Lyset Tar Oss...it's one of those songs that you can just put on and kind of sink into for its duration. The warm production helps a lot in that case. Inn I Slottet Fra Droemmen is more dynamic, which some will prefer. I prefer the hypnotic songs myself.
Anyways, the last song, Tomhet, is a keyboard instrumental, and a pretty damn good one. It is essentially made up of two parts: the first a droning piece of the same essence as the title track; and the second a more peaceful style that sounds extremely familiar to me. I don't know if I've heard it before, or if I'm just insane, but at any rate it is very good, and a perfect ending to the album.
In my opinion, this is Varg's most cohesive work, and also his best. If you are looking for an intro to Burzum, I don't know if this would be it, as it is somewhat unorthodox. Det Som Engang Var the album would be a better starting point. However, one should not finish their exploration of Burzum's discography without listening to this. It's the best of Burzum.