Burzum’s Key to the Gate reflects the ideals of black metal and tells the story of Varg. I consider this the greatest black metal song.
This post began as a response to the metal poetry thread, but I think this song deserves a separate thread.
My eyes are shut I cannot see
though clear is thy despair
I drift away - far away
from places of which you seek
My Interpretation: I dream of a better world, but one which the ignorant masses fear. A world which would bring despair to the woman I am romantically interested in.
Though I seek thy hell
you close the gate before me
Your life is right, and I'm to
follow to your paradise
My Interpretation: about the isolation of having above mentioned dream. Varg’s ideal world is the hell of the average person and of his romantic interest. But this hell is only hell as defined by the ignorant.
I cannot fall in love
love is for them
Lusting for the sky -
My Interpretation: Isolation. Desire to love and be a part of a community. They lust for heaven, which is Varg’s hell
Why did I come to this world
of sorrow why is this true
Where is my dagger of sacrifice
My Interpretation: This isolation hurts.
I will open the gates to Hell one
My interpretation: Amazing line. About the beauty and pride of sticking by ones ideals and enduring the isolation. Valuing the dream and ideals – and not sacrificing them for love of a woman or social integration into society. About not just enduring, but appreciating the beauty of pain, isolation, and missed romantic opportunities.
The lyrics fit perfectly with the music. The song starts with harshness and dissonance. In the second half of a beautiful hopeful melody floats through the harshness and counterpoints the first half. On repeated listening, it is clear that the harshness is just as beautiful as the hopeful melody. The hopeful melody is telling us “I will open the gates to Hell one
So the song is about hope. About having no regrets about the decisions which have brought pain and isolation. About appreciating the beauty of and enjoying not only the hope and the dream but also the pain and isolation.