Hvis lyset tar oss

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Hvis lyset tar oss
Cover art by Theodor Kittelsen
Studio album by Burzum
Released April 1994 (1994-04)[1]
Recorded September 1992 at Grieg Hall in Bergen[2]
Genre Black metal, dark ambient
Length 44:27
Label Misanthropy, Cymophane
Producer Count Grishnackh, Pytten
Burzum chronology
Det som engang var
(1993)
Hvis lyset tar oss
(1994)
Filosofem
(1996)
Music sample
Alternate cover
Reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[4]

Hvis lyset tar oss (Norwegian for If the Light Takes Us) is the third studio album by Norwegian black metal solo project Burzum. It was recorded in September 1992, but was not released until April 1994, whereupon it was released through Misanthropy Records and Vikernes' own record label, Cymophane Productions.[1] The album is considered a classic in the black metal scene.[4]

Background[edit]

Varg Vikernes recorded the first four Burzum albums between January 1992 and March 1993 at the Grieg Hall in Bergen. However, the releases were spread out, with many months between the recording and the release of each album. During this time, Vikernes became a part of the early Norwegian black metal scene and befriended Mayhem guitarist Euronymous. He was also involved in burning at least three churches, along with other members of the scene. In August 1993, Vikernes stabbed Euronymous to death outside his apartment in Oslo. He was arrested a few days later and, in May 1994, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for both the murder and the church arsons.

The album cover features a drawing by 19th century artist Theodor Kittelsen named Fattigmannen (The Pauper). Vikernes dedicated the album to Fenriz of fellow Norwegian black metal band Darkthrone and "Demonas",[5] possibly referring to Demonaz from Norwegian black metal band Immortal. Promotional copies sent to fanzines included the song "Et hvitt lys over skogen" (Norwegian for "A White Light Over the Forest") instead of "Tomhet". "Et hvitt lys over skogen" later appeared on the 1998 compilation album Presumed Guilty.

According to Vikernes, Hvis lyset tar oss is a concept album, about:

[...] what once was, before the light took us and we rode into the castle of the dream. Into emptiness. It's something like: beware the Christian light, it will take you away into degeneracy and nothingness. What others call light I call darkness. Seek the darkness and hell and you will find nothing but evolution.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Count Grishnackh

No. Title Length
1. "Det som en gang var" ("What Once Was") 14:21
2. "Hvis lyset tar oss" ("If the Light Takes Us") 8:04
3. "Inn i slottet fra droemmen" ("Into the Castle from the Dream") 7:51
4. "Tomhet" ("Emptiness") 14:11
Total length:
44:27

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Burzum "Hvis Lyset Tar Oss" 1994 Misanthropy Records / Cymophane Productions". burzum.org. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  2. ^ Vikernes, Varg (July 2005). "A Burzum Story: Part VI - The Music". burzum.org. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "Hvis Lyset Tar Oss - Burzum". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  4. ^ a b Freeman, Channing (2006-12-17). "Review: Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  5. ^ a b Flynn, Antoinette (1994-05-14). "Deprived zine interview". burzum.com. Retrieved 2013-06-28.