01. The Coming (Introduction) 02. Feeble Screams From Forests Unknown 03. Sassu Wunnu (Introduction) 04. Ea. Lord Of The Depths 05. Spell Of Destruction 06. A Lost Forgotten Sad Spirit 07. My Journey To The Stars 08. Call Of The Siren (Introduction) 09. Key To The Gate 10. Turn The Sign Of The Microcosm (Snu Mikrokosmos' Tegn) 11. Channeling The Power Of Minds Into A New God
Additional info The album features Varg's favorite tracks from his two first albums, Burzum and Det Som Engang Var, that were re-recorded in 2010, for this release, the way he originally intended.
Dedicated to Pytten.
Produced and engineered by Pytten and Davide Bertolini.
Recorded at Grieghallen Studios, March 2010.
Original artwork and layout by Dan Capp.
I blv it gona sucks, these tracks are black metal classics, why he need to fuck with them after 20 years
Well he has the right to do whatever he wants with the art he himself created. Supposedly he wasn't satisfied with how they turned out on the old albums, so now he has made them the way he originally intended. He doesn't care what other people think.
Varg on Fenriz Presents... The Best Of Old-School Black Metal 2004: "Comments: The title for Burzum track was taken from original DSP release with a mistake (made by Euronymous) - "Ea, Lord Of The Deeps", instead of (correct) "Ea, Lord Of The Depths". However Fenriz didn't know that..." source.
Makes me wonder is this release more than just to correct the 'hideous' error..
From what I've listened (still need moar check)... it's more than just re-recording, lots of stuff is changed (and thats good). Musicianship much much better, production pretty clean and vocals are... unoriginal.
Overall feeling is mixed, some are excellent others meh... but without comparing to original, it's cool stuff indeed.
Written by Oaken on 28.11.2011 at 15:34 Is this worth my time or not? How does it differ from the original st00f?
I dunno what you deem "worth your time". It's worth mine because I'm a huge fan of Varg's early material and I want to see how it translates after going through a more modern recording. It's not a matter of urgency, however, as I've got more important things to check out atm.
C'mon now, I thought all the shit in Belus and Fallen would make me not have any interest now, but here's the shit; that it's not absolute shit. Everything improved. And yet the goddamn vocals still unoriginal. Wtf, anyway, it's like Varg is covering the original Burzum with this voice of his. :'(
I'm not too sure what to think about this. I like how some tracks have a "fuller", thicker sound, but on the other hand, that whole "amateur in the basement" charm is lost. "Key To The Gate", for example, is pretty much ruined while "Ea, Lord of The Depths" does sound slightly better this way.
It sure beats Gorgoroth's pathetic excuse for a re-recording by a light year, though.
It's not the same, yep. The question with re-recorded stuff usually is "does it work in another way?". I usually take distance to both the albums (original & re-recorded) and later return to them. Still haven't decided how much I like this new thing ('though the original stuff just seems to be better overall). "Ea. Lord Of The Depths" works nicely as a new version, that I can say for sure at this moment.
<<The mistakes made on some of the tracks during the recording could easily have been avoided had I only bothered to re-record certain parts, but the point at that time was to rebel against the streamlined (Death) Metal music. A few mistakes makes the music more alive and personal, it simply gives the music some "soul" and originality, so I never bothered to correct anything. The music on the Burzum albums is simply an honest and sincere, unvarnished and clear representation of me.>>
it's a new recording (Varg re-recorded the songs) which is quite different to a new production (i.e. mastering and or mixing)
I know that the songs were re-recorded. I meant that the production is different. I guess, Varg avoided some mistakes he made in the initial recording this time, but he didn't really re-write the songs.