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Burzum - Daudi Baldrs (1997) Retail CD
First, a quick formula to avoid confusion: Burzum = Count Grishnack = Varg Vikerness!
This album is nothing like early Burzum ('Aske', 'Det Som Engang Var', 'Hvis Lyset Tar Oss' & 'Filosofem'). It has no guitars or vocals and is not black metal. I am a big fan of Count Grishnack's early work but I also love this album - I bought it when it first came out and enjoy it just as much now.
It as a concept album based on the old Norse myths and their application today. The commentary on the tracks is in Norwegian and the summaries are in French and German. Basically it is about the superiority ofmore… emotion over logic 'cold logic without emotion cries dry tears' and true Pagan religion over christianity (the religion of death) and it all builds up to the final track, the culmination of Ragnarok.
The music is electronically synthesised and was produced with a synthesizer and tape recorder in a jail cell. It is very simplistic and repetative, but makes excellent background music, and is also good to relax to - just escape and let your imagination carry you where it will! I find it to be soothing, melodic and emotional. Varg Vikerness is fully aware how music influences people mentally ('you are what you listen to') and he is extremely good at evoking moods. The tone varies and there is both sadness and joy, but it is mainly the former. I think Varg clearly demonstrates through his music a yearning for an 'early, better age' (to quote from Aske). The album has an heroic and tragic feel, saturated by the aforementioned dominant Pagan philosophy and spirit. The tracks themselves vary greatly in length from two to ten minutes.
Although it is similar to the later album 'Hlidskjalf' in style, I greatly prefer 'Daudi Baldrs'.
Incidentally, a lot of the music is based on metal songs and 'Jesu Dod' from 'Filosofem' is a metal version of one of them. Varg now states he prefers the metal versions of the tracks on this album, and isn't overly fond of it but likes at least two tracks a lot. (He was more positive on its release, but he now has a guitar in his cell and like the rest of us is looking forward to the release of more 'classic-Burzum' black metal style material when he is freed this year :-) This is likely to include the metal version of at least one track from this album.)
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