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Burzum set to release new album ‘Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan’ in May
Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes is set to release a new album in May.
The new electronic instrumental effort is called ‘Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan’ and will see the light of day on 27 May via Byelobog Productions.
Varg has compared the follow up to 2012’s ‘Umskiptar’ as sounding like Tangerine Dream and early electronic Burzum and adds that much of the skaldic music on this album is used as a soundtrack to the film ‘ForeBears’, a film by Vikernes wife. With additional tracks used in the film set to surface as free downloads or YouTube videos.
Posting on his website, Varg says of the new album: “‘Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan’ is, just like the other three so-called post-prison Burzum albums were, a concept album. I have still not been able to leave behind the Pagan religious-spiritual concept of a descent into darkness and the following ascend back into the light; the Pagan initiation, the elevation of man to the divine, the enlightenment of the mind, the feeding of the elven light in man. Nor have I been able to leave behind the Old Norwegian (i. e. Norse) language, although, since the album is instrumental, it is used only for track titles this time.”
He adds: “Being an instrumental album, and a purely electronic album too, ‘Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan’ is naturally very different from ‘Umskiptar’, my latest metal album. Yet again I have left behind the metal genre and have chosen a different path but for no other reason than me following my Pagan spirit willingly to wherever it takes me. This time it kindly took me to East of the Sun and West of the Moon.”
Varg has also revealed the track list for ‘Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan”:
1. ‘Sôl Austan’ (East of the sun)
2. ‘Rûnar Munt þû Finna’ (You shall find secrets)
3. ‘Sôlarrâs’ (Sun-journey)
4. ‘Haugaeldr’ (Burial mound fire)
5. ‘Feðrahellir’ (Forebear-cave)
6. ‘Sôlarguði’ (Sun-god)
7. ‘Ganga At Sôlu’ (Deasil)
8. ‘Hîð’ (Bear’s lair)
9. ‘Heljarmyrkr’ (Death’s darkness)
10. ‘Mâni Vestan’ (West of the moon)
11. ‘Sôlbjörg’ (Sunset)