Burzum announces release of The Ways of Yore on June 2, 2014


Burzum, the sometimes black metal and sometimes ambient project of Norwegian-descended French national Varg Vikernes, announced the release of new album The Ways of Yore on Byelobog Productions/Plastic Head for June 2, 2014. No further information is given about whether the album will continue with the post-modern black metal style of Umskiptar or the folkish dark ambient style of Sôl austan, Mâni vestan, which was one of our “Best of 2013”.

Emerging from the same locus of intensity in Norway that produced Immortal, Mayhem, Emperor and Ildjarn, Burzum began in the early 1990s as a complex riff-narrative style of black metal with unnerving vocals that combines a feral animality with emotional sensitivity. Early works attempted to integrate elements of ambient music and create a sense of ritual designed to “stimulate the fantasy of mortals.” This era ended with Filosofem and composer Varg Vikernes being jailed for the murder of Euronymous of Mayhem.

During the incarceration years, Burzum shifted direction to full ambient with Dauði Baldrs and Hliðskjálf. These albums allowed Vikernes to escape the monolithic sound of guitar/bass/drums and work with multiple instruments, culminating in the lush creative density of Hliðskjálf (which was revisited somewhat in Sôl austan, Mâni vestan).

After prison, Burzum entered a period of post-modern black metal influenced by droning indie-pop variants of NSBM such as Drudkh and other Eastern European bands. This music reflected pop song structures, a shoegaze-style approach to melody but with the longer phrasing — albeit recursive — of black metal like early Ancient, and extensive use of North mythology. It is unclear whether this period continues now with folkish dark ambient album Sôl austan, Mâni vestan in 2013 being a temporary detour, or whether Vikernes will launch Burzum into a fourth period with the more complex instrumentation and hence compositional density of that album and Hliðskjálf.


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9 thoughts on “Burzum announces release of The Ways of Yore on June 2, 2014”

  1. thewaters says:

    Best news ive heard all day!

  2. john says:

    Still dark ambient, but with some vocals (neo-folk?). Progressing nicely from Sôl austan, Mâni vestan.


  3. Great, I hope he goes back to making music with ideology on the side, instead of being a full time white supremist who makes music every third weekend.

    1. veien says:

      I agree he should leave politics/ideology alone for a bit, that much carry-on simply can’t be good for a persons brain.

  4. veien says:

    Actually, some of his more recent offerings sounded alright. I must admit Sôl austan, Mâni vestan didn’t win me, but I still have faith.

    1. thewaters says:

      It was a huge jump forward in terms of quality.

  5. tomhet says:

    enjoy his music insteed dont listen to his speech or political bullshit

  6. TheWaters says:

    Offended hessians….hahahaha

  7. ks says:

    Ho ho ho! Who is this Varg Vikernes? Je m’appelle Louis Cachet!

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