Rating:
8.5
Burzum - Dauði Baldrs
14 October 1997


01. Dauði Baldrs
02. Hermoðr Á Helferð
03. Bálferð Baldrs
04. Í Heimr Heljar
05. Illa Tiðandi
06. Móti Ragnarokum


Dauði Baldrs is Burzum's first album after Varg Vikernes got arrested; and as such it is the first one that was written exclusively in prison. Because he had no access to any other instrument, Varg could only use a synthesizer to record this album. Additionally, it is said he recorded the whole album on a simple tape recorder in his cell.

The album itself is centered around the death of the norse god Baldr and his legacy. As the song titles suggest, it is focused on the concept of the coming of Ragnarök, the final battle before the destruction and rebirth of the world.

The sound of the album can be described pretty easily: it is nothing more than dark ambient music performed with a synthesizer. However, it manages to deliver an extremely dim and gloomy atmosphere, sinking the listener into a cold, black abyss. Very repetitive and sometimes quite minimalistic, Dauði Baldrs attemtps to hypnotize the listener with its black chords and frightening melodies. Dauði Baldrs breathes out despair and loss, but with a magnificent touch of epicness.

Speaking of minimalism, one track merely has two (!) different melodies playing for over 10 minutes. Nonetheless, don't think for a second that it is dull or boring, on the contrary, it has such a haunting feeling around it that you might think you are in limbo between life and death.

There are many reasons for getting this album. It is a huge change from the Count's earlier releases and it certainly reflects his thoughts after his improsonment was pronounced. If you are interested in what was going through his mind, the concept of Baldr's death, or if you just want to relax and close your eyes for a moment, "Dauði Baldrs" will transport you into realms you've never been to before. Highly recommended.

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 8


Band profile: Burzum
Album: Dauði Baldrs


 


written by Carl Berg | 24.09.2010


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vezzy - 24.09.2010 at 22:34  
Really need to listen to this again.
Mr. Doctor - 24.09.2010 at 22:36  
Ok... Maybe a 8,5 is too much imo BUT I completely agree with your words which I think it's mor eimportant. I mgiht give it something around 7-7,5. It is some good stuff to relax, Whewn you ar ein the mood it's quite good. And I agree about that long and minimalistic track with two different melodies... It's very hipnotic!

I want to buy it, I think it's good and better than the other non-metal album he did.
!J.O.O.E.! - 24.09.2010 at 22:38  
Written by vezzy on 24.09.2010 at 22:34

Really need to listen to this again.

Why? Do you enjoy bad music?
vezzy - 24.09.2010 at 22:40  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 24.09.2010 at 22:38

Why? Do you enjoy bad music?


No. It's because I don't remember a damn thing from it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 24.09.2010 at 22:43  
Written by vezzy on 24.09.2010 at 22:40

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 24.09.2010 at 22:38

Why? Do you enjoy bad music?


No. It's because I don't remember a damn thing from it.

You're better off. Just stick to Hliðskjálf instead.
Elyar S. - 24.09.2010 at 23:03  
This is a good album. I like it but its not as dark as review says.
Susan - 25.09.2010 at 02:39  
Nicely written review. Your words convey the music nicely... and interesting to point out right at the start that it was composed entirely in prison. That sets the scene just right
Carl Berg - 04.10.2010 at 20:04  
Quote:
Nicely written review. Your words convey the music nicely... and interesting to point out right at the start that it was composed entirely in prison. That sets the scene just right


Thank you
wormdrink414 - 02.03.2011 at 09:44  
Fun fact: The tune in the song Daudi Bauldrs was re-used for Belus' Doed. Belus' Doed doesn't have any synth-honking and therefore is a better song.
Marcus - 25.04.2012 at 03:35  
Oh god are these synths cheesy. Playing them must have been a worse punishment than Norwegian jail.
Neroese - 21.12.2013 at 20:40  
DUNGEON SYNTH!
Karlabos - 21.12.2013 at 20:48  
Written by Guest on 21.12.2013 at 20:40

DUNGEON SYNTH!

Literally

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