Can you explain how it is so much different than any other Burzum album? There are many weak points in the discography up until know.
It's not great, but it is just as Burzum as previous albums and exactly what one would suspect if he listened to Filosofem, Daudi Baldrs, Hildskjalf, then Belus in order. The development in composition approach is pretty clear.
What's also strange is that then some people will respond by saying that Filosofem wasn't that great either, or that it is "pop music", but what is the significant difference between Filosofem and HLTO? They show a marked similarity in composition? And how does one get off calling any of it pop music? It doesn't have to be pop music to be bad, I think you're just throwing out as many negatives about it as possible.
Nothing about this albums sounds like the Troo Black Metal stereotype. It sounds even less commercial than previous albums. Especially the weird clean vocal parts. They're bad, but they're not there to sound Tr00 or commerical. Nor were they inspired by hipsterism.
In terms of intention, this was meant to be his most meaningful album. I was supposed to tell a meaningful story. He just messed up.
And I think the homosexual stories regarding Burzum are a bit premature.
I hate to be the one to be the bitch here, but it doesn't sound like you're too familiar with Burzum's work. Belus bears only a template of similarity to the previous four efforts. If you're looking for style, then there's a million Burzum clones out there that did it better than Varg himself on Belus.
There IS a significant difference between Filosofem and HLTO. The latter realized the highest potential of it's wave of black metal and ended it by proxy. There was simply nothing more that could be done afterwards of significance. There was need for a new wave with a new approach. Filosofem is a pop album, but that doesn't mean its bad. I feel like that album prefaced a lot of Drone Doom to come in the following years. Nobody's getting off by calling it that, we're just calling it as we see it. The composition is highly different, one possesses a metal formula, one has a pop formula.
Belus is highly commercial. When Varg is on guitar world magazine, you can't sit behind your computer and bullshit anyone by saying Belus wasn't commercialized. I'm sure you're also referring to the albums released before he convicted of the murder right? Like Burzum, Det Som Engang Var and Aske? I'm sure they were highly commercialized by Deathlike Silence in the slums of fucking Oslo Norway. Varg's always been big in the media, but Belus was highly overhyped, overpromoted and under-abled in effort.
The weird clean vocal parts were also used on Det Som Engang Var. It's nothing new.
Varg was not homosexual. Euronymous maybe toyed with the idea in reference to blasphemy and anti-christian sentiments.
This was not a meaningful album at all. It's a half-assed effort. It will be forgotten easily and if you actually enjoy the music, then good for you! It's going to take more than a bunch of statements that run perpendicular to my frame of Burzum reference to change my opinion about any of it.