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Feb
10

Review: Belus

Year: “2010”

Artist: “Burzum”

Album: “Belus”

Genre: “Black Metal”

CREATOR

Black Metal has known no finer exponent than Burzum, no character more intriguing than Count Grishnackh. The composer of fine albums like Aske, Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, Filosofem and Hliðskjálf among others, Count Grishnackh’s odd behaviour fascinated me as much as his music. Burzum being a one-man project added greatly to his mystique, and all these factors led to Burzum becoming my all-time favourite Black Metal band.

DESTROYER

Sentenced to 21 years in prison for arson and the murder of Øystein Aarseth, Count Grishnackh’s racist ideologies got tremendous exposure thanks to the media which was and is as taken by the man as many of us are. As much as I love architecture, I have to say the thought of churches burning is exciting as hell. As much as I love Mayhem, I have to say Euronymous was replaceable (he was replaced, wasn’t he?) and Varg Vikernes is not. One of them had to die; better Euronymous than Grishnackh.

PRESERVER

Coming to the album at last, Belus is everything you expect and want the new Burzum record to be. Belus is very powerful music, a superb album from Burzum. The old bard picks up from where he left off, his sound and signature firmly in place, his trademark drumming and riffing keeping the pace steady and interesting throughout. Those who share my views on “pure music” will be satiated with what Count Grishnackh has done on Belus, meaning “The White God”. The essence of Burzum’s music is ever-present on Belus, and the purity of his sound intact. The man is feared, the band is here, the vision is clear. Black Metal has a white god – we know him as Varg.


27 Responses to “Review: Belus”


  1. 1 navin
    February 25, 2010 at 01:53

    nice review…its a great return album by varg…i must have listened to the track Glemselens Elv about 20 times..its perfect. also the belus’ doed was great and sverddans(which surprisingly has some death metal influence)..

    great album…3.5 outta 5 for me 😀

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    • February 25, 2010 at 03:43

      You said it! Glemselens Elv is the new Det Som En Gang Var \m/ Sverddans is nice and thrashy…the whole album is very good. I love his screams but he’s let that go…the vocals are a lot harsher now.

      Varg is awesome with knives and musical instruments 😀

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  2. February 25, 2010 at 05:16

    i am yet to hear this album, but when I read ‘Glemselens Elv is the new Det Som En Gang Var’ i know what to expect.. \m/

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  3. February 25, 2010 at 07:29

    Damn i want this album.

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  4. 5 Aditya Rao
    February 25, 2010 at 16:58

    Brilliant album , hate ambient and the elements that make Burzum what it is !

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  5. February 25, 2010 at 17:01

    Jai Ho Mahaprabhu Varg Ki!

    JAI SHRI GRISHNACKH!!!

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  6. 8 Devdutt
    February 25, 2010 at 17:31

    Lykathea Aflame!! Elvenefris! Now I know why the clean chants/singing on Glemselens Elv sound so familiar! (not tht Varg would know anything about that band)

    I think the biggest tribute to Burzum is how familiar this style sounds now, some dozen years after its inception. So many bands have taken the whole naturalistic ethos to heart while Varg’s been rubbing out quickies behind bars that it isn’t really “new” anymore. People tend to forget that this sound was essentially his creation.

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  7. February 25, 2010 at 19:15

    brilliant title
    JAI SHRI GRISHNACKH ..!!!
    hahahahahahaha

    i have no fukking complaints atall about this album to varg…its perfect….and
    its pure fukking bliss……
    \m/
    long live Varg
    Jai Ho Mahaprabhu Varg Ki!!!

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  8. February 26, 2010 at 20:49

    Pure Fucking Black Metal. Most of the songs are fucking epic. I’m removing “nothing groundbreaking” from the review. I’m back in Bombay blasting “Belus” on the loudspeakers and getting blown away by every track

    \m/ B – U – R – Z – U – M \m/

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  9. February 27, 2010 at 11:16

    I’ve deleted the paragraph about his contribution to black metal blah blah and have added a couple of lines about the album. I’d earlier said something about it being nothing groundbreaking but very enjoyable, but I AM A FOOL. From the classy epic Glemselens Elv to the thrash of Sverddans and the trance-inducing Morgenroede + Belus’ Tilbakekomst (Konklusjon)… Belus is brilliant, beautiful black metal.

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  10. February 27, 2010 at 19:05

    I AM A FUCKING IDIOT…BELUS IS VARG VIKERNES’ BEST WORK

    NEVER THOUGHT I’D SAY THIS BUT BELUS > HVIS LYSET TAR OSS

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  11. 14 jagger
    February 27, 2010 at 19:19

    the album just GROWS on you…its creepy!

    this is THE best Burzum album and definitely the Album of the year and the Best Comeback album EVER!

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  12. 15 varun
    March 3, 2010 at 09:20

    it’s a fuckin classic. anyone who doesn’t like belus hasn’t understood black metal.

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  13. March 9, 2010 at 10:55

    One of the songs has Varg singing in Hindi.

    The part he sings is “Belan Som…nahin!”

    And the spoken part is “Belan Som…Dena Christy…Daam? Nakki.”

    Forgive me.

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  14. 18 innerwille
    March 9, 2010 at 18:15

    The comeback of the year! Great, haven´t expected that!

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