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Umskiptar Import

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  • Audio CD (May 29 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B007EH8S10
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Double vinyl LP pressing. 2012 album from the Norwegian Black Metal band led by Varg Vikernes. Umskiptar finds inspiration from the verses of famous Scandinavia poem Voluspa. Expanding the ongoing influence of Nordic Folk, the album adds more traditional heavy metal, signature Burzum composition, but with a keener emphasis on vocal delivery (again presented in Vikernes native tongue). Vikernes says, ''Umskiptar is a return-to-roots album for me, with a strong focus on atmosphere and wholeness. The vocals are more important than on any previous album.''

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Power and Atmosphere May 21 2012
By Old T.B. - Published on
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Umskiptar, the tenth full-length album by Burzum, Varg Vikernes' one man band, is nothing less than an atmospheric triumph. Vikernes sets the sixty-six stanzas of Voluspa, the opening poem of the Norse Poetic Edda, to the unmistakable soundscapes of Burzum. It works. Reading through English translations of Voluspa by Vikernes in his book Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia, as well as a translation by Carolyne Larrington (Oxford World's Classics), the music and words complement each other power for power.

The music is pure Burzum, full of chainsaw guitars, repeated motifs in the songs, and full, epic sweep. Changes in dynamics, such as the solo piano in Alfadanz and the pounding drums that open the album, break things up without jarring the listener or detracting from the atmospheric spell that Vikernes weaves.

Vikernes' voice is no longer the pained, angry yowl of his youth; nevertheless, it is quite expressive and suits the mood of the music and words well. His voice takes on different roles. At times, he sounds like a grizzled chieftain relating the tale. In some places, he sounds like a poet. On Valgaldr, he sounds downright otherworldly.

Umskiptar is the fourth Burzum album to be released in just over two years. Vikernes maintains a standard of high quality. Umskiptar is to be savored from beginning to end; it is a rewarding experience. Recommended.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Scaldic Metal June 7 2012
By Netharos - Published on
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Black Metal fans, look elsewhere. To Burzum fans, who appreciate the way the music always sounds like nothing else before or since, this is another treasure to add to your collection. Umskiptar once again breaks ground by taking the music in a new & unexpected direction, while still staying true to the Burzum fundamentals("fuzzy" guitar riffs, engaging atmosphere, etc). One of the most interesting elements of this album is that the lyrics truly take center stage. I really enjoyed the range of Vikernes' vocals on Fallen, and he goes many steps beyond that here. The sound of the Old Norwegian lyrics is fascinating as well--you can really feel the power behind these ancient words.

Today, I found myself crammed in an overfull bus that was hot and smothering. I decided to close my eyes and listen to Umskiptar. Soon, I forgot about the sorry conditions of where I was, and instead found myself in some place better. I think that's a testament to the transcending strength of this new Burzum album.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Only To Filosofem May 22 2012
By B. Meyer - Published on
Aside from a minor volume issue on the 2nd track (the first couple of minutes suffer from Death Magnetic loudness syndrome for whatever reason) this is easily the best sounding Burzum album yet. From a songwriting standpoint, all the standard Burzum tricks and cliches are here and done as well if not better than before. If you're not a fan of the clean singing or "talky bits" of Belus and Fallen, you may not be terribly fond of this record since there are few growls and wails to be heard throughout. It's also worth noting that Varg has become a MUCH better bass player recently...

I've listened to this maybe three or four times so far and find new little bits every time. It's truly a fantastic album and as my title states, second only to Filosofem. That says a lot too because I really, really love Belus.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold, dark, and powerful... but you either 'get' this music or you don't. Aug. 11 2012
By G. Parker - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I can give this 5 stars without hesitation, in MY opinion this album is very strong and amazing. This is some of the best blend of folk/black metal / Scandanavian atmosphere I have heard since Ulver's Bergtatt. Now, keep in mind this is Varg's style of music and so it does not sound directly like Bergtatt by Ulver, just that the mood/atmosphere seems of a similar quality to me, with this release being a little slower overall but evoking a similar mood. I love Ulver's first album so for me to compare this to that at all is intended as a compliment to this album, yet this is by no means a rip off of that, it's very different musically just the mood is similar to me.

Ultimately if you will like this album or not is a very personal thing and also depends on what other music you appreciate. You can easily listen to the whole thing on youtube, and I recommend listening to it there before you buy it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, atmospheric black metal Sept. 10 2012
By r. kopisc - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Varg has done a gradually more and more impressive job with adding a slight bit of interior redesign to black metal without breaking cords with the style itself. This is definitely one of the most, if not the most, sophisticated album I think I have heard out of Varg so far. It is much more atmospheric and is very collected into one flowing piece which really should be listened to from beginning to end to truly appreciate the art and craftsmanship of it. Without diving back into old albums and ripping up the past I think this is a close comparison and battles it out with only one other recent Burzum album. The other being "Fallen". Personally I enjoyed "Fallen" just a bit more. But this was a surprising and completely satisfying listen in itself. It is hard to say that Burzum has had one album better than all the rest but "Umskiptar" certainly ranks among the top and much more well done albums in the Burzum catalogue.

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