Would you listen to the music of a murderer?

Posted: March 8, 2010 by Lee in Album Reviews
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Well this is the case with Varg Vikernes’ new album, out today!  Before actually metioning the music I feel I should perhaps enlighten you to the situation?….

Heres the song Belus’ Død, the second track from the new album, to listen to while you read.

The year is 1992.  Burzum, Vikernes as a 19 year old released his first album.  He became a prominent figure in Norway’s black metal scene.  Around the same time he joined another famous black metal band; Mayhem.  In 1993 he murdered Mayhems guitarist (and main man)  Øystein Aarseth (or Euronymous as he was known).  He claims that this is because Aarseth was plotting to kill him.  If you read his explanation and with evidence to support him you realise maybe he is actually telling the truth?  He was convicted in 1994 and in jail he remained until mid 2009.  Interestingly Mayhem’s delayed  album (delayed obviously due to the events) “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” was released in 1994. It contains Aarseth on guitar and Vikernes on bass – murderer and the victim playing side by side – a situation, I presume that has not occurred a great deal  in the music industry?!

Despite finding the time to make two albums while in prison, he was restricted to only using synthesisers.  That would have driven any other musician insane yeah?  Especially as he plays and writes everything.  And you can actually detect some of the riffs on the new album in these previous works.  So the new Burzum album – “Belus” is released and is the first time Vikernes has been able to let loose in quite some time.

Belus does not disappoint.  It is pure raw black metal with burzum’s atmospheric touches.  You feel like you’re back in the old days when black metal sounded fresh.  He still stands by his principles of low production quality which I feel adds so much to the atmosphere of black metal.  Many bands have ditched this in favour of a more polished sound along with adopting a more punky metal style…. Satyricon, disappointingly being one of the names to do so.  Its clear to see Varg is doing it purely for the music and  not as some post prison money grabbing exercise.  Being 16 years in the making this has to be worth a listen! Varg I’m glad you’re back!

Burzum – Belus, is out today (8th March 2010)


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