Umskiptar

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Umskiptar
Studio album by Burzum
Released 21 May 2012 (2012-05-21)[1][2][3]
Recorded September 2011 at Grieg Hall in Bergen, Norway
Genre Folk metal, folk rock, black metal
Length 66:16
Label Byelobog
Producer Varg Vikernes
Burzum chronology
From the Depths of Darkness
(2011)
Umskiptar
(2012)
Sôl austan, Mâni vestan
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[4]
Metal Storm 3.0/10[5]
Pitchfork Media 3.3/10[6]
SputnikMusic 2/5 stars[7]

Umskiptar (Old Norse for Metamorphosis) is the ninth studio album by Norwegian band Burzum, released on 21 May 2012 through Byelobog Productions. It has been described by Varg Vikernes as a "return to the roots", with a priority on atmosphere. The album's lyrics are taken from an Old Norse poem entitled Völuspá.[3] The album was leaked two months before its release date, due, according to Vikernes, to a former PR agent of his having "sent promotional copies of the entire album to left wing extremist magazines" without his knowledge or consent.[8]

The cover art is taken from the painting Nótt by Norwegian painter Peter Nicolai Arbo.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Translation
(by Varg Vikernes)
Length
1. "Blóðstokkinn"   Soaked in Blood 1:10
2. "Jóln"   Deities 5:46
3. "Alfadanz"   Elven Dance 9:34
4. "Hit helga Tré"   The Sacred Tree 6:47
5. "Æra"   Honour 3:54
6. "Heiðr"   Esteem 2:57
7. "Valgaldr"   Song of the Fallen 7:57
8. "Galgviðr"   Gallow Forest 7:12
9. "Surtr Sunnan"   Black from the South 4:11
10. "Gullaldr"   Golden Age 10:14
11. "Níðhöggr"   Attack from Below 4:59
Total length:
66:16

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Umskiptar (Limited Deluxe Digibook)". Plastic Head. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  2. ^ "News". burzum.org. 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  3. ^ a b "Burzum "Umskiptar" 2012". burzum.org. 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  4. ^ Dave Schalek. "Burzum - Umskiptar Review". About.com. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Troy Killjoy. "Burzum - Umskiptar: Metal Storm (staff review)". Metal Storm. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ Currin, Grayson (2012-06-08). "Burzum: Umskiptar". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  7. ^ Kyle Ward. "Review: Burzum - Umskiptar : Sputnikmusic". SputnikMusic. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ Grimmsberg, Kai (2012-04-29). "Interview with Varg Vikernes". HeavyMusic. Power Studio. Retrieved 2012-08-10.

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