Friday, February 18, 2011

Burzum/Fallen/Candlelight Records/2011 CD Review

Burzum are a 1 man project from Norway that has been around since the early 90s and influenced plenty of black metal bands with their atmospheric sound and this is a review of their 2011 album "Fallen" which will be released by Candlelight Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with some blast beats but at most times the playing is very slow and on the last song there is a very pagan/shamanistic percussion being used, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound which is very easy to hear at times, as for the other instruments when they are used on the last track, they bring a very dark experimental avant garde feel to the music.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast black metal riffs with the focus being on more of an ambient form of slow black metal with one song having a riff that has a thrash feel to it and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on the recording.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some clean singing which is the first time Varg has experimented with these kind of vocals and spoken word passages, while the lyrics are written in Norwegian and cover Norse paganism and Existenial type of themes, as for the production it has a somewhat raw and primal feel with a good amount of a professional feel being added to it.

In my opinion this is another great album from Burzum, and if you are a fan of their previous works, you will not be dissapointed with this recording. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Jerg Faller" "Valen" and "Budstikken". RECEMMONDED BUY.

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