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Burzum – Thulêan Mysteries

Thulêan Mysteries
by "Der Bärtige Mann" Gareth Beams at 12 April 2020, 6:33 PM

As a big fan of his earlier work and the whole 2nd Stage of Black Metal, when I saw BURZUM on the list of albums to review I asked for it straight away. What I had forgotten was I read that this was not a black metal album but a soundtrack to Varg’s own style of gaming. Varg has had this to say "Thulêan Mysteries was made passively, in the sense that I never intended to make a new album; I just made music every now and then and at one point realized that I actually had enough to release it all on an album. When asked to do so I figured: why not? It was a good idea. The music is a little bit of this and a little bit of that, transcending any genre, and perhaps belonging to many different genres. The intention with it was always to create a certain atmosphere, often related to an idea or a situation. Since my true passion has never been music, but actually tabletop role-playing games, I figured I should make this an album intended for that use; as background music for my own MYFAROG (Mythic Fantasy Role-playing Game). Hopefully you will get a sense of Thulê when you listen to this, like always with BURZUM, ideally when on your own. I hope you will enjoy this soundtrack to Thulê, to Mother Nature and life itself" – Varg Vikernes

The album starts off like many Atmospheric Black Metal albums do, its not unusual at all, the only issue is you know its going to stay like this for a while. It’s a weirs song, which you probably have already worked out will be the overall theme. This album may do wonders for RPG gamers, but will probably be lost on most of us. Some of the songs only go on for not even a minute, so it is hard to establish a real feel for the songs. This will probably be better to listen to whilst playing the game itself. “ForeBears” is the first song to really be able to get into, although it is am instrumental it has a great melody that works well to harmonize the song. The song has few changes and it is one that could become repetitive. Not exactly sure what Varg was going for, but at least it works overall as a song. The ambient feel is easy to hear, it is a usual sound that we have heard from many others before. “A Thulean Perspective” just feels like something you’d hear classed as dinner music in a restaurant. Its just a keyboard entire solo.  “Gathering of Herbs” is another song that barely changes, but in its own way it works well, its hard to describe what happens, it is more or less just background music. “Heill auk Sæll” jus repeats the very 3 words of its title, it also just has a basic drum beat in the background and it goes nowhere.   Some of the songs just continue with the very placid and basic beats that we have heard so far. Rather than go through every song, I would just say that this is not for everyone, it is barely worth going through the album, unless you are using it for gaming purposes

Songwriting: 3
Musicianship: 3
Memorability: 3
Production: 3

1 Star Rating

Disc 1
1. The Sacred Well
2. The Loss of a Hero
3. ForeBears
4. A Thulêan Perspective
5. Gathering of Herbs
6. Heill auk Sæll
7. Jötunnheimr
8. Spell-Lake Forest
9. The Ettin Stone Heart
10. The Great Sleep
11. The Land of Thulê
12. The Lord of the Dwarves
13. A Forgotten Realm
14. Heill Óðinn, Sire
15. The Ruins of Dwarfmount
16. The Road to Hell
17. Thulêan Sorcery

Disc 2
1. Descent into Niflheimr
2. Skin Traveller
3. The Dream Land
4. Thulêan Mysteries
5. The Password
6. The Loss of Thulê
Varg Vikernes – Everything
Record Label: Byelobog Productions


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