The Ways of Yore

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The Ways of Yore
Burzum The Ways of Yore.jpg
Studio album by Burzum
ReleasedJune 2, 2014
Genre
Length68:35
LabelByelobog Productions
ProducerVarg Vikernes
Burzum chronology
Sôl austan, Mâni vestan
(2013)
The Ways of Yore
(2014)

The Ways of Yore is the eleventh and final studio album by Norwegian musical project Burzum, released on 2 June 2014 by sole member Varg Vikernes' label Byelobog Productions. The album retains the ambient and medieval music sound Vikernes started with Burzum's previous album, Sôl austan, Mâni vestan,[1] albeit introducing vocals.

The album's cover was taken from "Merlin and Vivien", an engraving by famous French artist Gustave Doré for Alfred Tennyson's poem Idylls of the King.

Background[edit]

Varg Vikernes said of The Ways of Yore on Burzum's official website: "The Ways of Yore is my first step towards something new, which at the same time is as old as the roots of Europe. With The Ways of Yore I try to transport the listener to the days of yore, to make them feel the past, that is still alive in their own blood".[2]

On 12 May 2014, Vikernes posted a 30-second teaser for each of the album's songs on his official YouTube channel.[3]

The songs "Emptiness" and "To Hel and Back Again" are re-recorded versions of the songs "Tomhet" (from Burzum's 1994 album Hvis lyset tar oss) and "Til Hel og tilbake igjen" (from Fallen), respectively.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

On the album, AllMusic wrote: "The album's inherent gloom comes not from the burning hatred and isolation that fueled earlier Burzum albums, but conveys the same intensity through its use of chant and traditional instruments of early Norwegian folk music, which wrap around Vikernes' signature use of ambient electronics to create a truly inspired web of harrowing sound."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Varg Vikernes.

No.TitleLength
1."God from the Machine"1:40
2."The Portal"2:19
3."Heill Óðinn"3:11
4."The Lady in the Lake"4:39
5."The Coming of Ettins"4:36
6."The Reckoning of Man"7:56
7."Heil Freyja"1:56
8."The Ways of Yore"6:11
9."Ek Fellr" (Old Norse for "I Am Falling")2:54
10."Hall of the Fallen"5:06
11."Autumn Leaves"4:50
12."Emptiness"13:13
13."To Hel and Back Again"10:44

Personnel[edit]

  • Varg Vikernes – all instruments, vocals
  • Dan Capp – design, layout

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Burzum - The Ways of Yore". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  2. ^ Burzum discography: The Ways of Yore
  3. ^ The Ways of Yore preview

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