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Review: Burzum - Anthology
Burzum
www.burzum.org
Anthology

Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 63:00
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: August 25, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3.38/5 (67.5%) (8 Votes)
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Burzum is well known for having a major impact in the Scandinavian Black Metal scene. Along with the likes of Gorgoroth and Emperor, Burzum has forged the genre which is still very well echoed nowadays. Often used as a reference for a more ambient and moderate pace, Varg's music kept all the darkness of the Black Metal arts without keeping, as a basic beat, the thunderous and furious blast beat.

I knew little about Burzum before listening to Anthology, although I'm very much into Black Metal. Am I ashamed of myself? Not at all! Maybe many a die hard proger today don't know that Genesis was an amazing progressive band, before bastard Collins turned it into a trumpet blowing/jukebox friendly piece of poop. Ok now, I was very happy to get a chance to listen and review this Anthology , being finally able to know more about this dark composer. I was actually pretty pleased, but not overly impressed by what I heard on this disc. His post-killing/jail, electronics/keyboard work is not too bad as such, but I liked the typical Burzum style much better. Example of this is excellent piece found on spot #5, "Lost Wisdom", where keyboards, distorted guitars and great power riffs unite in creating a solid wall of depressive Black Metal. Then song #7, "I Heimr Heljar" is also a fine piece of music, where his moderate type of depressive metal team up with great arpeggios and a touch of keys. On the faster side, "Jesus'Tod", with its sick vocals, ranks as one of my favorite compositions.

Anthology is a good place to start in exploring the tortuous path of Burzum's mind.


Track Listing:
  1. Ea, Lord Of The Depths
  2. War
  3. Stemmen Fra Tårnet
  4. Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
  5. Lost Wisdom
  6. Jesus' Tod
  7. ├Ź Heimr Heljar
  8. Ansuzgardaraiw├┤
  9. Et Hvitt Lys Over Skogen
  10. Havamål
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