Burzum - Filosofem


8.5 | 519 votes |
Release date: 1996
Style: Black metal

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01. Dunkelheit
02. Jesus' Tod
03. Erblicket Die Töchter Des Firmaments
04. Gebrechlichkeit I
05. Rundgang Um Die Transzendentale Säule Der Singularität
06. Gebrechlichkeit II

Additional info
Label: Misanthropy Records / Cymophane Productions

Recorded at Breidablik Studio, March 1993.
Music and lyrics by Varg Vikernes.
Pictures by Theodor Kittelsen.

A less notorious version of this album was the original release, the Norwegian/English version. The same tracks but just different titles. The names of the same tracks on this version are:

01. Burzum
02. Jesu Död
03. Beholding The Daughters Of Firmament
04. Decrepitude I
05. Rundtgåing Av Den Transcendentale Egenbetens Støtte
06. Decrepitude II

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NECURATU
Rating:
8.4
A pair of empty eyes, on a face absent of any trace of...life?

This is the image that comes to my mind as the first chord of Dunkelheit is picked, and persists, with different variations, throughout this jewel. An incomplete, and yet, mature and developed album, Filosofem must be the Count's deepest creation.

Most of its charm comes from the way it has been recorded. Black Metal has always been about atmosphere, and honestly, one can almost see the darkness while listening to Filosofem.

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published 08.02.2007 | Comments (26)

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16.06.2014 - 01:25
Mr. Doctor
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Written by Boxcar Willy on 16.06.2014 at 01:23

Written by Mr. Doctor on 16.06.2014 at 01:20

"Rundgang" ain't a bad tune but it sure as hell can't be 25 mins long. This would have been a solid 9 for me if Rundgang was kept around 7 mins and serve as an intermission for "Gebrechlichkeit I" which should have been the last track (and the second part, as you say... couldn't be deleted alltogether). That would have left us with around 40 mins of one hell of an album.

Oops, I meant to add Rundgang in as well. I usually shut the album off right at the end of the first Gebrelesktikaiklalkeit song.


Heh, yeah I thought it was a bit odd. As I said, I actually enjoy that ambient tune but I'd keep it somewhat short but also before Gebrechlichkeit I since that one works for a good ending.
First 4 songs are all fucking brilliant though.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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26.06.2014 - 21:49
Rating: 9
Paw!!
Filosofem. I will give it 10. 8 years ago when I owning this album for me it's so fucking weird... particularly: Decrepitude I, Rundtgåing, and Decrepitude II.
I realized after I was repeat all track by many times,the atmosphere so glommy!! but realized again I like going to heaven or whatever beautiful place.
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23.11.2014 - 13:34
SebaBress
I can lose myself in the ambiance of this album. The atmosphere that this songs can provide is really outstanding. A solid start that takes you in a journey through the darkest corners of music, but at the same time is really relaxing.

It goes to long sometimes, but if you are like me, you will hear it on a loop many times and have nice dreams. A great work of the count, heavy, gloomy and somber, you know you'll have a good night.
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23.11.2014 - 15:52
Rating: 10
Wingtorte
Don't really get the criticism of the final two tracks on Filosofem. Considering the atmospheric and ambient tracks Varg had on the previous albums, Rundgang and Gebrechlichkeit II aren't so out of place. Varg had talked about it a while back saying the intention behind those kinds of tracks was to portray a kind of dream world/dream-like state. Personally, I always thought these sorts of tracks worked really perfectly especially on albums like Hvis lyset tar oss and Filosofem. The mix between raw bm and more atmospheric sounds is pretty good. Used to find those two albums in particular really relaxing to fall asleep to at night.
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25.01.2015 - 04:06
Rating: 7
Dead Eternity
Written by Wingtorte on 23.11.2014 at 15:52

Don't really get the criticism of the final two tracks on Filosofem. Considering the atmospheric and ambient tracks Varg had on the previous albums, Rundgang and Gebrechlichkeit II aren't so out of place. Varg had talked about it a while back saying the intention behind those kinds of tracks was to portray a kind of dream world/dream-like state.

Would've been better if Rundgang was the last track. It puts me to sleep every time I hear it. Too repetitive.
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23.03.2015 - 09:41
Rating: 7
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
He actually turned in a decent vocal performance. Wasn't expecting that since I didn't like the vocals on the other 2 vocal albums I've heard.
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07.05.2015 - 11:51
Rating: 7
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Cut 10 minutes off track 5 and I'd give this an 8. Tracks 2 and 3 are great.
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Mum - 21/10/1955 - 19/6/2015. R.I.P.

"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
"I'll put whatever I want in your mouth!"
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