Burzum – Sôl austan, Mâni vestan preview

by Staff
April 26, 2013 –

burzum-sol_austan_mani_vestanThe latest album from Norwegian one-man black metal/dark ambient band Burzum will be entitled Sôl austan, Mâni vestan (East of the Sun, West of the Moon) and will be released in coming months on the Peaceville sub-label Byelobog.

According to the press release authored by Varg Vikernes, this album will be like the other Burzum albums a concept album.

Sôl austan, Mâni vestan is near release but as of this morning samples were released, and the following teaser video combines visual and sound to reveal what to expect on this forthcoming work. Like the previous Burzum albums, it features use layered sampled sounds and keyboards, including some tribal drums, but without the constant percussion of modern pop.

Comparing it to Tangerine Dream, Vikernes described the new album as “relaxing, slow-paced, contemplative and very much original.” The topic on this one is said to be the “Pagan religious-spiritual concept of a descent into darkness and the follwoing ascend back into the light; the Pagan initiation, the elevation of man to the divine, the enlightenment of the mind, the feeding of the elven light in man.”


  • bitterman

    Sounds like more ex-crazy guy simmered down and made pleasant background noise music. This will be interesting for about 2 listens, but will here listen to it again? Better than expected, but is this ear candy going to develop or is it just masquerading as something profound like Wardruna? Will Fenriz release that third Neptune Towers release? The excerpts from my Transmissions from Empire Algol sound better than anything the Norwegian guys have done after 1996. I guess the packaging of this will look “cool” enough next to some “2 deep 4 u” Wolves in the Throne Room fan’s collection of drone, shoegaze, and other “ambient/avant garde” Southern Lord crap. Is Beherit doing anything?

  • fallot

    A bit of a Dead can Dance vibe in parts? Least favourite excerpt: 0:35 onwards. Seems about the level of anime soundtrack to me, except for exceedingly brief flashes of something (5:02 onwards for instance). May not be fair to make such a judgment based on so little though so I will reserve an opinion until the album has been given the attention it deserves. You always still hold out some hope I guess…