There are very few successes: Bathory's Hammerheart comes to mind as one the great mid-career paradigm shift. The main guitar riffs on it depict the radiant rays bathing the forest. Given Vikernes' separation from the metal world there did exist the small potential for "Belus" to be another classic in waiting, steeped in Norwegian BM history and early 90's aura, but the spark that lit works like "Filosofem" is absent through the less densely constructed songs to be found here.
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Aside from those Filosofem-esque growls, we also get a bigger taste belux Varg's soft, casually sung voice, especially in the song 'Kaimadalthas' Nedstigning', which has more singing than growling.
Listening to Belus, I discovered two pieces of news. Obviously, other bands-some worthy- have centered their music on this premise as well so this is not a novel concept altogether. As usual, Varg does not settle for the status quo. The production on this album is raw, cold, and exactly what you'd expect from a Burzum release.
I tried to come up with a good mental picture that would work with the music from the album and what I got was the image of a crow flying over mountains burzuum forests, eclipsing the sun. As to the songs themselves, they almost always follow the strict pattern of playing repetitive riffing patterns to no end.
A Burzum Story: Part XII - Belus
Other than these slight faults, the album is solid and far more enjoyable for me than Varg's creation. And boy is this album enrapturing! Everything is in place. From "Det som engang var" to "Filosofem", Burzum really implemented far more keyboards than before, specifically on the latter two albums.
Decent background thriving, nothing more. Streaming and Download help. At moments, Varg attempts to add life into the music with a couple of more up tempo passages that appear through the album.
I'm aware beluus spent most of his jail-time on self-education and other non-musical activities which might be assumed to have influenced his music.
This is the style of black metal cheapened, used, and abused by pot-smoking Californian black metal fan-boys like Xasthur and Wolves in the Throne Room. The fuzz in this album relaxes you.
Anything that gets caught in the current will succumb to oblivion no matter the season. But whatever the hidden charm is behind the fuzzy guitars and Norwegian dark speak, the creature that is Burzum is among the more addictive of extreme metal creations out there, particularly in low-fi circles. The riffs are great, and the drums are belud good too.
Nine-minute buruzm "Belus' Tilbakekomst Konklusjon " is the closest that "Belus" comes to a passage of ambience; more relaxed in nature than any other song it is still however led by guitar and repetitive drum beat in an interesting, if not wholly effective song.
While the melodies are interesting to say the least, they are just too worn out over the course of the songs and they fail to posit themselves as something extraordinary and unique. I wouldn't say this is the "most black metal" album he ever made, though. AllMusic gave Belus 3. His return is The Light. The long awaited return of Burzum.
Varg Vikernes - A Burzum Story: Part XII - Belus
A two-minute length song with a strong punk presence and manages to bring some life into this otherwise dull, drab and dragged-out album. It sounds so much better on a guitar. This time, he has written full on narratives story for this album, making it a concept album.
I recommend this album to anyone who wants to get a taste of great black metal. You find yourself wishing there was more of this, and Belus delivers.
Bathory's Hammerheart comes to mind as one the great mid-career paradigm shift. A lush, green photograph of trees?
His heavier vocals are pretty null and indistinct throughout this album, but with the added singing it creates a stronger, ebbing depression in tune with the backing guitar. Though these areas may not project themselves as explosively as the guitars, or distorted vocal range of Varg, they make me sit up and notice them more so than on previous occasions. The next few songs are the same melancholy though, but they are each unique and interesting in their own way.