Friday, February 26, 2010

Burzum - Belus (2010)

About: This misanthropic Aryan sun-bitch is out of prison after 17 years. While on that note, read the story about why he was in there. It was just self defence from some psychopath. One of them was going to die that day whether they liked it or not. I'm sure we've all been trapped in a horrible situation like that... That is where his music comes from I believe.

So, we have what I beleive a lot of feelings trapped up over the years he was in jail, culminating in this record. It is definitely a spiritual successor to his masterpiece "Filosofem" released in 1996, and is 100% metal because he was not allowed guitars in jail, so I'm sure he missed it. Even the long ambient peice, similar to "Rundgang Um Die Transzendentale Säule Der Singularität" from "Filosofem" is completely electric guitar-driven. That song, "Belus' Tilbakekomst (Konklusjon)" actually reminds me a lot of "Coma" by Austere. Just this droning, repeated melody of a few notes but it really makes a solid song.

This whole album is not only solid, but a fantastic trip through the intricacies of this man's mind and emotions. I'd say download it if you are a fan of any type of metal, and definitely a candidate for top album of the year. I'm on play 5 or 6 now and every song still feels fresh and amazes me every time. Surprisingly bright cover for a black metal album... makes me think he wants to start fresh, like the sunrise on a new day... Favorite is either track 3 or 6.

I don't recommend you translate the tags, but here's what the song titles mean:
1. Leuke's Scheme (Introduction)
2. Belus' Death
3. The River of Forgetfulness
4. Kaimadalthas' Descent
5. Sword Dance
6. The Kelio Horse
7. Dawn's Red
8. Belus' Return (Conclusion)

Mediafire Download

Now that the album is officially released, this is a rip straight from CD to 320kbps MP3:
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Charles D. Ward said...

I do not enjoy this album and I have not been interested in his old music anywhere in the last four years. He may have laid the template for ambient black metal to develop and deserves plenty of credit for that... but time has caught op with ol' Christian Vikernes. I'll have Lunar Aurora or Paysage d'Hiver or Drudkh over Burzum any old time.

I don't care so much that he is a racist and a murderer but I really wish he was not so obstreperous in his lack of appreciation for thousand-year-old momumental religious architecture.

Your review is well-written but terribly naieve. There is no objective way of determining what happened that night Euronymous died.

But then again I am a homosexual and a communist so according to pro-Burzum circles I do not deserve to live anyway.

hurricane_mario said...

Alright, points taken. As long as you don't hate the music just because of the musician's ideals. That could be why you don't listen but it's not a reason to hate it. Not saying you do, that's just my view in general.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post.

balloons said...

Thank you! And I liked your review as well.

Charles, it seems like you're simply angry. And, there's a good segment of the pro-Burzum people who are very much like you (and aren't self-hating). That is to say they don't want you dead and they love Burzum. Like me! Or Brandon Stousy, or Drew Daniel, or all of my friends of like Burzum. Or, gasp!, Varg himself.

balloons said...

My thank you was to hurricane_mario =)

Aditya Mehta said...

What a beautiful, beautiful album. Varg Vikernes has taken Burzum to the next level. Hail Count Grishnackh!


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