Power of Metal.dk Review

Sl austan, Mni vestan
Style: Dark Ambient
Release date: 27 May, 2013
Playing time: 58:12

At the middle of going through old sound files on my old computer, some of which are tests of the synth I got ten years ago, I am also reviewing Burzum's Sl austan, Mni vestan, an all instrumental, largely synth based album. I wish the amalgam that occurs a couple of times during the tidying operation, though it be against my own will, never occurred to my mind.

I am just so inexpressively deceived by what I hear: Sl austan, Mni vestan lacks totally of ingenuity. I'm not into plagiating, thus when recognizing variations of some earlier tracks from Burzum's golden age in for example "Runar munt thu finna", I can't think other than: come on, Varg, you can do better than this.

I might just not be into the ambient pieces on this album? Wrong. My point is Sl austan, Mni vestan is meditating, calming, nostalgic, sensitive background music, for some time, and time passes quite fast along the lingering melodies. Nonetheless, lack of variation makes it tedious after a short while and I've tried for such a long time to make it work, but I just won't agree with myself. What is most strange is, in a way you want to stop it, but by then you're so dozy that you don't manage to and let it play along. It might in the end fit better as film music, as apparently is the purpose, and the album could really be supported by pictures.

It says Burzum's sun has set into the realms of Tomhet, of what once was, so more of the like of Sl austan, Mni vestan presently being discussed may be released in the future. Get used to it. Travel to your cabin by the lake, sit still and stir in the calm sky, absorb or get absorbed.

01. Sl austan
02. Rnar munt th finna
03. Slarrs
04. Haugaeldr
05. Fedhrahellir
06. Slargudhi
07. Ganga at slu
08. Hdh
09. Heljarmyrkr
10. Mni vestan
Label: Byelobog
Distribution: Plastic Head
Artwork rating: 90/100
Reviewed by: LyM
Date: 22 July, 2014
Website: www.burzum.org