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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

BURZUM / Sôl austan, Mâni vestan (2013)

The promise to create three skaldic instrumental/electronic albums is fulfilled. Better twelve years late than never, right? I've been disappointed with his recent metal albums, so it was with a happy nod that I greeted Sôl austan.
It's a concept album, similar to Dauði Baldrs (1997) and Hliðskjálf (1999), that documents a descent into darkness followed by a redeeming ascent back into the light. Burzum fans will know what the 'dark' and 'light' represent.
It's reminiscent of the ambient tracks on his Black Metal albums, but without the contrast it all feels rather empty and samey. It's hard to shake the feeling that it sounds like an age-old video game soundtrack, not the modern film score that it's supposed to be (the film is ForeBears).

Songs of Note: FeðrahellirSôlbjörg

2½ compass directions out of 5

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