Music Review: Burzum – Fallen (2011)

Those who’ve been complaining about the dearth of screams on Belus will perhaps be satisfied with Fallen. Varg Vikernes is not only screaming here; if his clean singing on Belus came as a surprise, the humming on Fallen may prove too shocking for some.

Compared to Belus (everything in black metal shall henceforth be compared to Belus), Fallen sounds far less intense and closer to early Burzum. The guitar tone is thinner and raw, and the drumming, for a change, isn’t minimal. The songs aren’t as woven into themselves as they are on Belus, and they aren’t trance-inducing either. Fallen is  for those who liked/loved Burzum‘s early work, mainly because it has that kind of rawness and the typically chunky riffs and the excited black metal drumming.

But really, the humming makes Varg sound like a guy in love smelling a colourful flower thinking about his girl. Maybe Count Grishnackh composed it while taking a merry stroll in his favourite forest. Your first reaction to it may be ‘what-the-fuck-is-he-doing’, but later when you’re in the loo, that tune comes back to haunt you and doesn’t allow you to shit properly.

Before I turn into an asshole and tell you how the whole damned world can learn from Burzum about honour and integrity, let me play safe by merely stating that this man can single-handedly slap you all with several lessons in black metal aesthetics while having a lot of fun making albums like Fallen.

There will always be poseur bands making music for poseurs, and there will always be great bands creating true black metal art. And then there will always be one man who, by the very nature of his existence, keeps the fire burning.

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14 Responses to “Music Review: Burzum – Fallen (2011)”

  1. 1 navin
    February 6, 2011 at 04:56

    whats your rating out of 5?


  2. 3 pseudonymous1
    February 6, 2011 at 05:01

    D000000d where did this shit leak?


  3. February 6, 2011 at 07:06

    bang on! was waiting for this. well written. Belus was out of this world, though.


  4. 10 navin
    February 6, 2011 at 13:01

    i love the bluesy ‘Valen’, that simple riff cant get out of my head


  5. 11 Jefferson Chefloque
    February 11, 2011 at 20:51

    You could pick some better examples for honour and integrity, after all this dick would probably butt fuck you with a rifle if you stood before him. admire his music not his character for there are better examples of that…


    • February 12, 2011 at 09:50

      Yeah, I could’ve cited myself as an example. 😛 I love Varg and his music but I’d shove that rifle back up his ass if he tried anything of the sort. Not everyone is Euronymous to run around naked in panic.


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