Burzum – Fallen (2011)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, that’s some interesting singing there, Varg. Fallen was the first record I heard when Burzum returned. He released a bunch of records in a fairly quick succession, to little or no fanfare, so I was rather taken aback with this record and also Belus and that one compilation of re-recorded oldies.

I feel like a lot of people wouldn’t even sneeze at this later stuff. Some of the magic of the earlier stuff is definitely missing; somehow in the technology used to record this, the tunes have become somewhat more sterile. That being said, there are some absolutely gorgeous black metal riffs on this thing; weeping, plodding epics with Viking vokills and melancholic repetition. Fallen doesn’t get a lot of plays from me, but it’s still good in my book.