I refuse to continue repeating myself with the same statements over and over regarding new Burzum albums, because, quite frankly, by the time I’m done, Varg will have put out seven new releases. Check my review archives of all post-lockup Burzum output for the intro to this one. The harrowing truth it all leads to is that each album gets significantly worse than its predecessor. After subjecting myself to Umskiptar, I don’t (want to) know how much worse it can get. This album is so unequivocally phoned in, and given the time allotted how could it not have been? There is no substance here. This doesn’t even sound like a Burzum record. A complete lack of vocal effort. Varg spends the overwhelming majority of Umpskiptar just talking, or whispering, or singing poorly. His barely used Black Metal voice a faint, gruff shell of its former self. The music is a complete detachment from Negativity. Each riff, woodblock tap, and piano note designed solely to make pirates dance. It all reveals an unfortunate powder keg of desperation, insanity, and, I fear, senility. Does the dictation on “Hit Helga Tre” not sound like a play made for schoolchildren? If this is what we’re in store for every three months, I believe a name change is in order. This isn’t Burzum, nor is it even remotely Black Metal. Sacrilegious. Horrible. Disposable. Pure shit. These are eleven, thrown together, lifeless, upbeat, Folk-y waltzes with a man reading poetry over them. A man who has either lost it or just needs to slow down. Quantity is beating the living shit out of quality at the moment. I’ve added one point out of respect.
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Yep. It’s really bad.
The recent deluge of bad Burzum makes me wonder what might have been if Varg hadn’t gone to prison. Was the the downward musical slide inevitable, and just delayed by the fact that he wasn’t really able to put out albums in the klink? Or is it solely because he needs the cash and is rushing to put out everything he can think of? I’d like to hope for the latter, but the history of metal in general suggests the former.
This is disappointing, but I guess I’m not too surprised…
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