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Belus
Studio album by Burzum
Released March 8, 2010
Recorded Late 2009 – early 2010 at Grieghallen in Bergen, Norway
Genre Black metal
Length 52:16
Label Byelobog Productions
Burzum chronology
Hliðskjálf
(1999)
Belus
(2010)

Belus is the seventh full-length album by the Norwegian black metal artist Burzum. The first studio album to be recorded after a near 11-year hiatus, it was released on March 8, 2010 via Byelobog Productions.[1][2][3][4]

Contents

Background

Belus is the first album to be released after Varg Vikernes' May 2009 parole from prison, where he served almost 16 years of a 21-year murder sentence.[5][6] In November 2009, he announced an upcoming release of the new album, initially titled Den Hvite Guden ("The White God" in Norwegian). It is dedicated to the White God, known across Europe, according to Vikernes, under different names, such as Apollo, Baldr, Belenus, Belus, Belobog, Jarilo and others.[7] In December 2009, Vikernes announced changing of the title to Belus due to what he described was a backlash against the perceived racist nature of the album.[8] Vikernes maintains that the previous title had nothing to do with skin colour and racism, but was simply a reflection of Baldr being associated with light and that to show it had nothing to do with racism he would be donating some of the profits to the hatian earthquake victims, the United Negro College Fund, and the Anti-defamation League.[9]

The names used in the track titles are the supposed Proto-Indo-European names of the gods of European mythology. Belus is analogous to the Norse god Baldr.[8] Lukan is analogous to Loki.[10] Kaimadalthas is equivalent to Heimdallr and Hermóðr (who Vikernes believes were initially the same god, Haimaþellar).[11] Kelio is equivalent to the Norse Hel as well as Hades from the Greek mythology.[citation needed]

Music

The album is just over 50 minutes long, originally containing nine metal tracks (though this was later reduced to only six metal tracks) and an ambient intro and outro, with lyrics entirely in Norwegian.[8] The album endeavours to explore the ancient European myths concerning Belus: his death, his journey through the underworld and his return.[3] Despite expressing displeasure with the modern state of the black metal culture, described as a severely degraded version of the early Norwegian black metal scene, Vikernes does not intend to change the style of his music, stating that the new album will bear similarity to Hvis lyset tar oss and Filosofem.[7] At the same time, the new album will not be a rehash of the previously released materials, as Vikernes claims to have "evolved" over time. However, like many of his other albums, Belus will feature older tracks: the unreleased prior "Uruk-Hai" from 1988–1989 (with lyrics and title modified to fit the new concept), as well as "Dauði Baldrs", included on the eponymous album. The album's lyrics were later uploaded to the official Burzum website. The tracklist was also updated, omitting the tracks "Besøk til Kelio", "Alvenes dans" and "Alvegavene", as the original Belus tracklist was only a working tracklist.[12]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Varg Vikernes. 

# Title Translation Length
1. "Leukes renkespill (Introduksjon)"   Leuke's Plot (Introduction) 0:33
2. "Belus' død"   Belus' Death 6:23
3. "Glemselens elv"   River of Forgetfulness 11:54
4. "Kaimadalthas' nedstigning"   Kaimadalthas' Descent 6:43
5. "Sverddans"   Sword Dance 2:27
6. "Keliohesten"   Kelio Horse 5:45
7. "Morgenrøde"   Dawn 8:54
8. "Belus' tilbakekomst (Konklusjon)"   Belus' Return (Conclusion) 9:37

Credits

References

  1. ^ (Norwegian) "Varg Vikernes med nytt album". fvn.no. 2009-11-19. http://www.fvn.no/kultur/musikk/article720185.ece. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Burzum Changes New Album Title From "The White God" To "Belus"". metalunderground.com. 2009-12-02. http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=50776&comments=1. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Burzum "Belus" 2010". burzum.org. 2009-12-12. http://www.burzum.org/eng/discography/official/2010_belus.shtml. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Burzum". Discogs. http://www.discogs.com/artist/Burzum. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  5. ^ "BURZUM To Release 'The White God' Album In The Spring". blabbermouth.net. 2009-11-18. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=130624. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  6. ^ "Ute av fengsel" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet.no. May 22, 2009. http://www.dagbladet.no/2009/05/22/nyheter/black_metal/varg_vikernes/6354526/. Retrieved December 8, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "A Burzum Story: Part X - The White God". burzum.org. 2009-11-14. http://www.burzum.org/eng/library/a_burzum_story10.shtml. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  8. ^ a b c "A Burzum Story: Part XII - Belus". burzum.org. 2009-12-02. http://www.burzum.org/eng/library/a_burzum_story12.shtml. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  9. ^ "A Burzum Story: Part XI - Birds Of A Feather Flock Together". burzum.org. 2009-11-21. http://www.burzum.org/eng/library/a_burzum_story11.shtml. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  10. ^ "A Bard's Tale: Part V - Loki". burzum.org. 2006-09-24. http://www.burzum.org/eng/library/a_bards_tale05.shtml. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  11. ^ "A Bard's Tale: Part IV - Heimdallr". burzum.org. 2006-09-10. http://www.burzum.org/eng/library/a_bards_tale04.shtml. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  12. ^ (Norwegian) "Interview with Varg Vikernes (23.02.2010), by EvilG, Lord of the Wasteland, Luxi, and Arto". burzum.org. 2010-11-03. http://www.burzum.org/eng/library/interview06.shtml. Retrieved 2010-29-01. 
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