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Review: Burzum - Anthology

Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 63:00
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: April 4, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 2.63/5 (52.5%) (16 Votes)

I've never been a huge Burzum fan. I like Varg's work, but pretty much only his early albums, and I don't worship them like a lot of fanboys do. This is a compilation of mostly earlier-period stuff that was put out on a small label some years ago, and is now getting a re-release through Candlelight Records.

This disc gives a pretty good retrospective of Varg's music, drawing largely from his first three classic albums, and only taking a couple of tracks from the ambient stuff he recorded in jail. As an introduction into the epic, atmospheric world of Burzum, this is a solid compilation, and no matter what you think of the man, his works opened up Black Metal into more than just evil noise. Varg was the guy who basically invented atmosphere in Black Metal, and his uses of keys and melody set the stage for so much of what has come after. Anthology is an excellent introduction and overview of an artist who may be a nutjob, but who created seminal works that have influenced thousands of other artists. If you're already a Burzum fan there's not much reason to get this, but if you are new to the band, then this would be a good place to start.

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