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Burzum
Belus

Company: Byelobog Productions
Release: 2010
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Ben McCraw

  • View it simply as a work of art



  • Eschewing all notions, all preconceived thoughts and pointless arguments about Varg Vikernes or his work, I have opted to do what no other reviewer has done thus far--I will focus on the music itself.

    Having released seven albums Belus is the eighth in the Burzum catalogue, It contains tracks produced from three different locations over the past twenty-two years (1988-2010) all meant to cohere into a singular conceptual work. The album derives its name from an ancient European god of light and innocence who serves as both the tragedy and ultimately, the triumphant hero of the story. Typically the Burzum sound can best be described as ethereal, as this was the intention of its creator who is quoted on his website as saying: "If I can make you dream when listening to this album, I believe I have done a good job". In other words, the music is meant to pull you into a state of silent introspection; some pieces jolt the senses with gritty guitars, others use atmospheric keyboard textures to spark a morbid curiosity of the unknown.

    So, if you were expecting a drastic change in the overall sound, or rather for Burzum to sound like anything other than Burzum, then this album may not be for you. But for others, listen and allow yourself to escape into a world of things unseen--sometimes calming, sometimes nightmarish--and view it simply as a work of art. Inevitably black metal fans will draw comparisons between Belus and other black metal releases, but to clarify, these tracks are meant impart different moods, as opposed to the all out attack that is prevalent in so many styles of metal today. And in that sense, these songs may be more "black" than we'll ever know.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    AnthologyBurzum
    2008
    Devil Dave10/31/2008
    BelusBurzum
    2010
    Ben McCraw6/24/2010


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