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Editors’ Notes

Though Burzum’s third album was recorded in the same window of time (January 1992 to April 1993) as the two that preceded it, it has a personality all its own. With pronounced bass tones and clearer vocals, Det Some Engang Var (Norwegian for “what once was”) has a deeper, more strident pitch than earlier Burzum releases. Varg Vikernes continued to record all the instruments by himself to great effect, and his wraithlike vocals are as intense as ever. “Lost Wisdom” is particularly striking, as Vikernes sings in English, his words spewing forth like some primordial hail: “Other planes lie beyond the reach/Of normal sense and common roads/But they are no less real than what we see or touch or feel.” Much to the delight of more traditional metal fans, the riffs get doomy and bluesy on “Key to the Gate” and “En Ring Til Aa Herske,” though Varg was an outspoken opponent of blues conventions. There’s no doubt that Burzum finds a true identity on more abstract tracks like “Snu Mikrokosmos Tegn,” in which Varg tries to transcend melody and rhythm altogether, while retaining (and intensifying) the infernal rage of heavy metal.

Customer Reviews

Det Som Engang Var

Amazing how they mix Black metal and Ambient music... One of Burzum's TRUE classics.

I Will Open The Gate To Hell One Day...

this album is sick. all the way through is some pure music. this by far is my favorite album. at least check out key to the gate.

Legendary album!!

I believe this was the second full-length BURZUM album. Lost wisdom is amazing, but overall the entire album is very well mixed. The recording has greatly improved since Aske.


Formed: Bergen, Norway

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Burzum is the one-man project of Varg Vikernes (born Christian Vikernes, aka Count Grishnackh), perhaps the most notorious figure in Norwegian black metal. Although Burzum had an unpredictably experimental bent -- encompassing black metal, industrial, electronic, and dark ambient music -- Vikernes will forever be associated with his conviction for the 1993 murder of former Mayhem bandmate Euronymous. It wasn't the first time Vikernes had run afoul of the law; he had been a suspect in arsons directed...
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