Burzum - Burzum / Aske CD
Burzum's self-titled debut album is perhaps the Varg Vikernes' most raw and varied. Varg was ahead of his fellow black metallers in Norway in the early 90s, and it was evident already on his first offering. While Darkthrone and Immortal had a stronger speed/death metal influence a la Bathory, Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Burzum focused more on the very simplistic, but atmospheric style. Of course, Bathory-ish sonic attacks are evident in songs like "Feeble Screams from Forests Unknown", "Ea, Lord of the Depths", "My Journey to the Stars" and of course the song that is dedicated to Bathory called "War", which is Burzum's token thrasher, pretty much. But what stands out the most, is the sheer eeriness of songs like "Black Spell of Destruction" with its doomy riffing/rhythm, the instrumental tracks; "Channelling the Power of Souls into a New God" with its creepy, brooding synth work and "The Crying Orc" with its emotional guitar, which is the sole instrument.