Style: Black Metal
Release date: 7 March, 2011
Playing time: 47:41

It is only been one year since Burzum released Belus, its first album since Varg Vikernes reentered his beloved free modern civilization. Brand new Fallen is thus as far as I know thoroughly composed during the last year; this new production is, as usual, recorded  in Burzum's and many early black metal bands' fetish studio, the Grieghallen. The extensive list of instruments (featured on the website) used in this recording proves once again that in Burzum nothing is done randomly.

The new album is mastered like classical music, which obviously influences its dynamic.
The compositions are enclosed between "Fra verdenstreet" (I believe a reference to
Yggdrasil, the "Tree of Life") and "Til Hel og tilbake igjen" ("To Hel and back again"). There is clearly a red thread through the record, underlined by some insisting, though simple, sometimes clumsy lyrics.

The fact that Fallen is meant to be more experimental I have to confess I can't really hear
on this record, let alone a couple of new ways of interpreting moods, as created by the drums used in "Til Hel og tilbake igjen", the album's longer outro. The rest is a light, nude, slightly clinical mid-tempo black-metal.

Especially those who have "Det som engang var" as their favourite will rejoice.
The choice of the detail of Bouguerau's "Elegy" as artwork exhales classical romanticism and completes the mood vehiculated by the lyrics magnificently.


I. Fra Verdenstreet
II. Jeg faller
III. Valen
IV. Vanvidd
V. Enhver til Sitt
VI. Budstikken
VII. Til Hel og tilbake igjen

Label: Byelobog
Distribution: Plastic Head Music
Reviewed by: LyM
Date: 14 March, 2011
Website: www.burzum.org