Burzum Anthology on Limited Edition Colored 180g 2LP
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To fans and extreme metal followers, the early Burzum years facilitated the rise of the initial wave of Norwegian black metal. It was in this period that the world would come to bear witness to the initial trinity of recordings. Each set a standard that, alongside Darkthrone, early Mayhem and the initial recordings from Emperor, remain today as genre-setting sounds.
It is in the second period that Varg Vikernes began to experiment more with not only sound but a growing musical conception that would travel far beyond the barriers of metal. Reaching further into the realms of ambient, dark wave and electronica, Vikernes infused the savagery of his blasphemous metal offerings with the complex throes of synthesizers and computer-assisted musical composition. This second period of releases were all recorded while he was imprisoned for the murder of Øystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous - founding member of Mayhem) and arson of three Norwegian stave churches.
2008's Anthology is a compilation album issued a year before Varg Vikernes' parole which collects nine previously released Burzum songs and tracks the projects aforementioned evolution from lo-fi black metal pioneer ("Feeble Screams from Forests Unknown," "Stemmen Fra Tårnet" and "Lost Wisdom") to more darkly atmospheric and complex material ("Gebrechlichkeit" and "Bálferð Baldrs").
Burzum Anthology Track Listing:
1. Feeble Screams From Forests Unknown
2. Stemmen Fra Tårnet
3. Lost Wisdom
4. Svarte Troner
5. Det Som En Gang Var
1. Jesus' Tod
3. Bálferð Baldrs