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Re-recorded Greatest Hits - 55%

EvilSonovHell, May 20th, 2012

After hearing " Fallen", I was not disappointed at all with Varg keeping true to what he does; True Norwegian black metal in your face. With that being said I went to my local store a few months later and found another Burzum album thinking, I didn't know he was making another for this year. So of course, without looking at the back for song titles, I definitely assumed I was in for another treat. A treat alright, more of a surprise to find out it was one of those danged re-recordings.

Luckily it didn't turn out as bad as I thought. 1. Few of my favorites were on there, "Ea, Lord of the Depths", "A Lost Sad Forgotten Spirit", and "Key to the Gate". 2. The instrument track recording was still the same raw power as before with original recordings. So that right there was a huge plus in my book. Now towards the "not so kind" part per say, the overdubbed voice recording. I just feel that a lot of parts were not timed so well like the actual classic recordings. Some instances, I swore I heard key of the microphone in parts of songs, almost like those real primitive do it yourself black and death metal bands that record in their bedrooms. And lastly, his dubbing smudged with the music, pretty much cutting the sharp edge to the assault he dealt with those songs twenty years ago.

So there you have it, more or less a "greatest hits" album, versus an original album. For anybody that is new to Burzum, I'd highly recommend getting the "Burzum", "Aske", and "Det Som Engang Var " to hear these timeless classics. Actually hear these songs in their truest form, not re-recorded.