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by Burzum
Fallen by Burzum
Released: Mar 2011
Label: Byelobog Productions
From the hopefully reformed murderer and church-burner Varg Vikernes, here's another sickly slab of one-jerk-band elevator metal. After a brief, gurgling winter-forest intro, six subsequent extended tracks key around simple mulched-and-ringing guitar figures, submerged but repeated ad nauseam amid exasperated Norwegian whispering and retching. In the ten-minute "Budstikken," an almost lovely pagan chant section gives way to rock riffs. Then the set closes with an apparent drum circle, coming off what sounds like Indonesian mallet instruments recorded four islands away.
CHUCK EDDY
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