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The other day I picked up a copy of Burzum's "From the Depths of Darkness" despite owning the four original black metal albums that Varg recorded in the early 90s. In case you weren't aware, "From the Depths of Darkness" is a compilation album of rerecordings of material from the albums Burzum and Det Som Engang Var, along with three new tracks which are mere ambient intros. I picked it up because I had not heard it, and I generally am interested in rerecordings of seminal works once better budget and production facilities are available. But I have to ask myself: Was this compilation really necessary? The recordings are better and of a higher quality, sure but don't really do much to change the overall feel of the songs. Sure, the production is less "necro" and cleaner, you can hear the various instruments better but a Stormblast 2005 it is not. The new tracks are nothing more than "intros"... ambient tracks that Vikernes probably had left over from sessions for the recent albums Belus and Fallen. He could have simply released them as an EP, maybe a 7" instead of rerecording mostly tracks from Burzum with cleaner production and slapping them on there. Having been wrong before about rerecordings of seminal black metal albums, I hesitate to call this a "cash grab" by Vikernes, but that's exactly what it feels like. It would have been much more interesting had he varied the material more and included tracks from Hvis Lyset Tar Oss and Filosofem (maybe a fresh recording of "Dunkelheit"?) instead of just rerecording the majority of Burzum and two tracks from Det Som Engang Var. Granted the music is an easier listen now as the production is cleaner and feels a lot heavier, less tinny and with much less treble, but not much is very new here. I'd personally be more interested in seeing Emperor rerecord "Wrath of the Tyrant" with cleaner, less "necro" production because let's face it: there's not a lot that can be done to tighten up these songs besides removing a lot of the hissy treble and making the mids and lows more prominent to create a heavier feeling. My guess is that this two disc release in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, was intended for younger listeners and only the most hardcore of Burzum fans (which admittedly I am) but I don't feel that it was truly necessary in the long run.
Hello from Norway!
DeadKevin posted a topic in Introduce YourselfHello! My name is Kevin, A 22 year old male from Norway, currently residing in Viken, Norway. I started listening to metal in elementary school, around sixth grade after some major bullying and a pretty much loss of will to live, I found my light (darkness) in metal, starting with From the Cradle to Enslave by Cradle of Filth that my brother introduced me to. Saying "He's the one who broke me" After a while I wanted more extreme metal and started listening to bands like Belphegor, Behemoth etc. Those bands were a great comfort for me during those difficult periods. I am doing better now even if I get some flashbacks to how things used to be. Nonetheless the metal really helps me cope. Eventually I have started enjoying more kinds of metal bands, like Manowar. I have joined this forum to hopefully meet likeminded people, hopefully someone who is also residing around Viken or Oslo, I really want to expand my circle of friends too, as that is something that I pretty much lack these days. Thanks for taking your time to read this and I am excited to see all of you around on this forum! Dead Regards, Kevin
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trazex posted a topic in Promote YourselfHello. There is an upcoming event in Bulgaria and Mayhem is going to perform. I am wondering will people beat the shit out of me/murder my ass for showing up to a Mayhem concert with a Burzum T-Shirt? Do all Mayhem fans hate "Burzum", or just Varg Vikernes? Are there any die-hard Mayhem fans and if so, how would you react when you see me with that t-shirt? I'd like to hear everyone's opinion about this. Thanks
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