Varg Vikernes has recently revealed details about a new Burzum album to be released around summer this year. It will be titled Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan (which translates to "East of the Sun, West of the Moon"). The album will be instrumental and the tracklist has already been unveiled.

Explanations from Vikernes: "Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan will feature ≈58 minutes of instrumental electronic music, that can best be described as relaxing, slow-paced, contemplative and very much original. You have not heard anything like this before, although we can compare it to other electronic music, such as Tangerine Dream and I guess to old electronic Burzum music as well."

"Much of the skaldic music of this album is used as a soundtrack for the ForeBears film that my wife has now finished. In this film there will also be a few tracks not to be found on the next album, and that I will instead simply make available as free and downloadable tracks, or possibly as YouTube videos or something like that. They are not in the same style as the rest of the tracks on Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan one is even a 'fairly acoustic guitar & bass track' so they didn't fit in, and I see no reason for me not to give some music away for free as well. I will probably be able to feed my family nevertheless, and hopefully even have money for butter and salt as well."

"Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan is, just like the other three so-called post-prison Burzum albums were, a concept album. I have still not been able to leave behind the Pagan religious-spiritual concept of a descent into darkness and the following 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. Nor have I been able to leave behind the Old Norwegian (i. e. Norse) language, although, since the album is instrumental, it is used only for track titles this time."

"Being an instrumental album, and a purely electronic album too, Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan is naturally very different from e. g. Umskiptar, my latest metal album. Yet again I have left behind the metal genre and have chosen a different path - but for no other reason than me following my Pagan spirit willingly to wherever it takes me. This time it kindly took me to East of the Sun and West of the Moon."

The tracklist for Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan:

01. Sôl austan ("East of the Sun")
02. Rûnar munt þû finna ("You shall find Secrets")
03. Sôlarrâs ("Sun-journey")
04. Haugaeldr ("Burial Mound Fire")
05. Feðrahellir ("Forebear-Cave")
06. Sôlarguði ("Sun-god")
07. Ganga at sôlu ("Deasil")
08. Hîð ("Bear's Lair")
09. Heljarmyrkr ("Death's Darkness")
10. Mâni vestan ("West of the Moon")
11. Sôlbjörg ("Sunset")

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Posted: 01.03.2013 by Armin


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Unhealer - 01.03.2013 at 21:33  
Ah, this could be good.
ManiacBlasphemer - 01.03.2013 at 21:35  
Now this leaves a lot to the imagination... Umskiptar was not a bad album, a logic follow-up to Belus and Fallen, but a change when it comes to albums like Filosofem... Also, I like Burzum's keyboard driven works so I am a little bit intrigued. Though, thinking that this is actually made as a soundtrack might raise some question marks...
Bad English - 01.03.2013 at 21:45  
Seems he miss his prisson, maybe he shood murder somebody like Nrejvik and go sit in same jail and be naibours 100% his prison album
cossaisVendeurs - 01.03.2013 at 22:19  
I'm more surprised at the fact that he's got a wife.
ImperialTroll - 01.03.2013 at 22:22  
Holy shit this is gonna be an absolute kickass of an album! gonna be ambient as fuck that's for sure!
squidrick420 - 01.03.2013 at 23:15  
I am exited for the film that his wife is making as well! I saw the trailer and it seems like a really trippy kind of documentary thing? I am not quite sure what to make of it exactly, but it looks awesome. As for the new Burzum album... Bring it on!!
AndyT - 01.03.2013 at 23:39  
Awesome news!
Alex F - 02.03.2013 at 00:28  
Varg is running his reputation into the ground... at least with me he is. Please stop
LeChron James - 02.03.2013 at 06:24  
I'm almost down to hear an instrumental Burzum album. Should be interesting. Maybe haha.
mikeprado30 - 02.03.2013 at 06:35  
With Varg we never will know... As he could release some disappointing stuff, he has the talent to bring true musical gems. Let's await what will bring this time.
Valentin B - 02.03.2013 at 07:32  
Written by Alex F on 02.03.2013 at 00:28

Varg is running his reputation into the ground... at least with me he is. Please stop

What reputation?
Mugthulhu - 02.03.2013 at 11:05  
Looking forward to it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 02.03.2013 at 12:45  
If it sounds anything like (good) Tangerine Dream then I will give this a listen.
squidrick420 - 02.03.2013 at 22:17  
Written by Alex F on 02.03.2013 at 00:28

Varg is running his reputation into the ground... at least with me he is. Please stop

You mean growing up and not having to do drastic things for attention? I think he is building a newer and much more responsible reputation as an adult;it is also quite an intellectual one in comparison.
strade - 03.03.2013 at 02:40  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 02.03.2013 at 12:45

If it sounds anything like (good) Tangerine Dream then I will give this a listen.

Agreed. This has potential to be much more interesting than his other recent works. If it sounds like Stratosfear or even the Miracle Mile soundtrack, I'll be eager to hear it...

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