Burzum - The Ways Of Yore CD


A priori I can define this album by saying that it continues the trend of the previous one but being more folk-oriented. It is still ambient and has again that windy synth sounds all over the record. Tracks like The Portal or Hall of the Fallen are instant winners, the ones that stand out at the very first listen. The former because of its catchy melody and those chaotic electronics intermingled. The latter because of the strange sounds that can be heard and which reminded me of icelendic band Sigur Rós.

One of the things that caught my attention is that Varg makes use of vocals sung in a folky way. The point is, does he really do them better than the ones who already do them? The answer is no. I'd rather listen to Denez Prigent, Dead Can Dance, Arcana or Daemonia Nymphe to get that kind of vocals properly done. This is partly because Varg's voice and his ability to sing is just average at best. Here the vocals sound muddy and nasal, so probably there's also a bad production issue added to that previous problem. Ek Fellr is an example of a beautiful tune ruined because of way the vocals are done/recorded/mixed.