Being the huge Burzum
fan I am, I was so excited to find out Varg’s latest album entitled Fallen
would be released in March this year. Fallen
is the 9th full album by the Norwegian black metal bogeyman and by far one of his strongest black metal releases. Recorded over a period of two weeks using quality instruments, Fallen
is extremely diverse, combining everything die hard Burzum
fans want plus a hell of a lot more.
Like most black metal albums expect creepy eerie whispers, tinny, down tuned guitar drones, rumbling bass riffs and screeching vocals which sound like the inside of a slaughter
house. Strangely enough, it incorporates the first three things mentioned but less of the forth. Fallen
mainly contains soft and sung vocals....... odd you may say. It’s this diversity and difference, though, which makes Varg Vikernes one of the best black metal musicians to ever record an album. ‘Jeg Faller’ and ‘Valen’ are by far the highlights of the album. Both of them have needle-sharp guitar riffs, which make the hairs on the back of your neck stick up. Also Varg’s voice is on top form putting an emotional twist to the musical masterpiece being played in the background.
n is Varg’s second album after being released from jail and he is not letting anything get in his way. The music has a darker and deeper meaning than it ever has done before and part of it may be down to his experience in jail. But never the less, the god father of black metal is dealing the cards right and welcomes you into his world of destruction, death and pain.
Whenever a new Burzum
record comes out, I always expect similar tunes to the previous album. But with tracks like ‘Enhver til Stitt’ and ‘Til Hel og Tilbake igjen’ (Don’t ask me what they mean) we can see that Varg not only has experimented with each instrument he plays, but also made them sound as haunting and spooky as possible. If you were to put this album on shuffle with the rest of Burzum
’s other material, you could definitely pick out that these works of art were off the Fallen
album, as they have a certain mystical and fist pumping feel compared to some of Burzum
’s other slow songs.
has to be my favorite album since Det Som Engang Var
. It goes back to the times when there was a very deep meaning to the music. Combining emotion, musicianship, pain and aggression so to give us an album that could be one of the best releases of 2011.