Is it true that Burzum will release an official album in 2020? Let’s find out!

Over again, rumor that Burzum will officially come back with a new official album has surfaced on internet.


A lot of strange news about a possible comeback of Burzum has surfaced on internet. What is possible or really confusing?

Okay, after the deactivation of Burzum, some apocryphal albums (two to be more exact, a bootleg called Foreldra and another called Thulê) appeared on platforms such Youtube. Ironically Thulean Perspective was banned from Youtube and Varg Vikernes is averse to social media like Facebook or Twitter. Strange enough, a Facebook page called Burzum Antiquities exists, claiming to have “lost” Burzum and Varg recordings (dating from Uruk Hai). I tried to verify, to no avail. But nobody could have such “antiquities” as Varg Vikernes himself. He is a strange lad, so who knows?

This same site promised a new Burzum album, talking in third person, but minimal details had appeared.

But another page claimed that Burzum has compiled some songs and an imminent release is schedule for 2020 via Plastic Head. It’s quite impossible to know the truth which leaves us with three possibilities: a hoax; a bootleg; an original album.

But even an original release would pose such questions like: if some recording already had appeared in aforementioned bootlegs, will these songs reappear in the new album (which by the way has a working name Thulêan Mysteries)? Nobody knows.

The rumors are getting stronger and stronger, but over again it is impossible to assert something at the moment. To discover if this highly anticipated release is not a hoax, everybody will have to wait until March 2020. After that date all hopes are lost.


Roderick Totentanz


Blot & Bod – Ormekongens Argelist LP/CD (Iron Bonehead)

Primitive Black Metal Fury


Blot & Blod returns with their sophomore album of pure brutality inside the Korpsånd circle of DKBM.

Brutality and minimalism take control here with their Darkthronish approach of pure black metal dementia. Nothing is so conventional here, except that they take the raw black metal to the next level: although being simplistic, the songs are earworms and the production is not terrible. In another words, it’s not a bedroom project.

Some call their sound punk/black metal, which I do beg to differ. This is pure black metal, but it’s just different for what is has being made in countries like Sweden and Finland. Ormekongens argelist brings the Nordic cult to a level that is not pseudo-epic as some of their Black Metal peers across the globe. That’s what makes this album a very cool experience.

Containing ten tracks mixing desperate bellows, crazy drumming and very concise guitar attack, the trueness of the kind of black metal that Bod & Blod has chosen homes in on delivering evilness in truest level!

This is the kind of opus that black metal maniacs were waiting: forthright massacre, no-frills brutality and absolutely no melodic stuff.

Ormekongens Argelist is out now on LP/CD on Iron Bonehead.

Rating 9/10

Roderick Totentanz

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Witchbones – The Seas of Draugen LP/CD (Iron Bonehead)

The evil sea spirit from Portland.


Formed in 2018, Witchbones started releasing its records throughout 2019, The Seas of Draugen being the 2nd album, amidst EP’s and demos.

The one-man-band is formed by Vardlokker and the sound is pure brutal and bestial black, black death or blackened death metal if you will.

Although being very short (26 minutes) to be called an album, this opus is worth listening for the high doses of brutality it contains.

Nun Collector starts as a dark ambient intro just to burst forth into an ultra-brutal and ignorant music with unintelligible mega guttural vocals sunken into the final mix. Everything here is low pitched, but one can easily understand the riffs that seem to be recorded in a cavern.

But the great highlight is Ghost Ship with its macabre intro from hell, and after one minute a deluge of low-pitched devil’s music, real deal. The sound of ride cymbal makes me wonder if it’s not a programmed drum but I can’t fathom. The song ends as it had begun, with the same macabre keyboard.

The short The Ritual Continues (We Haunt Ourselves), have a insistent iteration concluding in a crazy drumming (that even more contributes to the doubt of a programed drum). But while some purists may see a terrible mistake in it, I just think it is fun as hell.

The Seas of Draugen brings the true war and satanic tradition of American blackened death metal and if you’re a fan of this style you should listen to it.

The Seas of Draugen is out NOW on LP/CD on Iron Bonehead.

Rating 8/10

Roderick Totentanz


Shadow’s Mortuary – Kuoleman Portit (Purity Through Fire)

Suomi Finland Svart Metall! Arrrggh!


This sophomore Shadow’s Mortuary album brings to the fore the great tradition of Suomi Black Metal, and I’m not going to put on an obvious list of super perfect Finnish bands… if you don’t know your Suomi black metal, go fetch some!

But I digress…

A 30-minute 8-track album, Kuoleman Portit is the pure essence of metal in that country: raw, hard, intransigent music of hell!

Opener Sielun Tuhkaa presents the modus operandi of this spectacular infernal opus: perfect Scandinavian riffs following the old school raw tradition of the north, but not with blast beats. This is more hardcore-like although I can’t see that it is some “blackened punk” in any way. This is the real deal black metal example of music. Although very raw in approach, this is not a terribly noisy and nonsense opus as the production is good. The riffs are the great highlight of this album for sure.

Riipus is a little more dramatic, using hissing guitar sound, very simple but efficient approach. For me this is the best song of the album, and even though the vocalist Void uses his native Finnish language, it seems that one can understand the harsh message. Of course, I know nothing about the lingo, but that’s the impression. Great song, really.

Ruoska is another great song and it can be said that it is the mix of Sielun Tuhkaa and Riipus… the dramatic riffage is still there, but this song is a bit faster than the latter. Abyssal sensations are transmitted by the pure hateful atmosphere of the band.

Kuoleman Portit (the title-track) starts with a mid-tempo drumming to over again go to the same modus operandi as before, only that this time around the vocals are different and the guitars are not, well, melodic… The riffs are looser and not so impressive but that’s the deal.

The other tracks are cool but the aforementioned are aces for sure.

All in all, this album is an ode to the true Suomi Black Metal musical tradition in pure infernal metal assault and it’s essential to all maniacs and die-hards of pure orthodox black metal. If you don’t like this album go back to your fashionable bands…

Kuoleman Portit is out now on Purity Through Fire.

Rating 9/10

AVSLUT – Tyranni – Osmose Productions

Judging by the current moment of music in general in this end of 2019 one can easily say that a band like Avslut is just generic Black Metal. Why should you buy it?


Taking a fast heed at Tyranni by the Swedish band Avslust one can say that it’s not the greatest creative opus in the history of the music. But listening close this album is pretty good.

How come?

Comprising of nine tracks of unrelenting Nordic Black Metal tradition clocking in at 47 minutes, Tyranni offers quality music akin to their Swedish countrymen Dark Funeral, Setherial, Lord Belial and even some Marduk. They get the obvious and make something good out of it, like focusing in the composition inside an already done structure.

The fast and furious opener called Likvidering leaves one in the dust due to a classy guitar sound whereas Allt förgås follows the same way of showing black metal dexterity.

While the title track is not something very remarkable in riffage, the melodic fourth track called Stigens ände appeals to a melodic take and mid-tempo drumming. This is very similar to Dark Funeral by the way.

But the best tracks of the album are Den eviga flamman and Underjordens apostlar successively. The first opens with a fast, killer, strong riff while the latter is not so different, but it is faster and stronger. Both tracks are earworms. Fucking good.

There are still 3 tracks left but I’d choose Dråp because it sums up the idea of the album.

Okay, over again, it’s not the most original album but for those seeking traditional Swedish madness, it’s something very good indeed. Sometimes black metal clichés are still good black metal.

Tyranni is available now on Osmose Productions.

Rating: 8/10

Roderick Totentanz

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Svart1 – Monotono (Mask of the Slave)

Dark Ambient for connoisseurs.


The project of Raimondo Gaviano hails from Italy. He’s a multidisciplinary artist who works with ambient, dark ambient, power electronics and so on.

Monotono (stylized Monòtono) comprises of nameless nine tracks clocking in at one hour of strange ambiences and strange soundscapes.

Although not being the most original work that one can hear inside this style of music, this is a decent opus with a good mix and sounds that is a true trip to the unknown.

Some songs have pulse while others have not, but this is very progressive in the performance. While the album starts just as something like a drone, as the track passes, sounds of water, loops and so on, make the background rhythm that makes everything better from the listener’s point of view.

Of course, there’s no highlight (dark ambient works rarely do), and this is a unique, abstract, personal and introspective experience that appeals only in an appropriate set up in an appropriate time, depending on one’s disposition.

That’s what will make the album of Svart1 such a good (or bad) experience, the angle and outlook of the listener: apart from that this is an exquisite and beautiful work of art.

Monotono is out now on Mask of the Slave.

Rating: 8/10

Roderick Totentanz


Enslaved: new album soon… “we will record in Bergen before crossing the mountains eastwards to Örebro”

Black Metal veterans are preparing a new surprise for 2020. 


Enslaved has released a note saying that they are preparing to enter in studio to record the successor of the marvelous album E making this subsequent one the 15th (!) album in their long career!  

The album is believed to be released still in 2020 or the beginning of 2021 (the former is more likely).

According to the note, they will record in two studios in Bergen/NO, then they will “cross the mountains eastwards” to master with the great Jens Bogren (Sepultura, Dimmu Borgir, Kreator, Borknagar) in Örebro, Sweden.

There is no title to the new opus though. But this album marks the first one with the great drummer Iver Sandøy. More news coming soon.

Meanwhile you can read the entire note that was released on Facebook below:

“The days are growing darker in the Northern hemisphere – and Bergen is covered in a blanket of frost. This sets the scene as we have entered the studio to record the new Enslaved album. Since our last album, we have a “new” drummer – in quotation marks, since Iver has been with us behind the scenes for more than a decade. Together with me (Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson) he constitutes the production team on this new album – and as before we will record in Bergen in Duper Studio and next door at Iver‘s
Solslottet Studio . Before crossing the mountains eastwards to Örebro into Fascination Street Studios where Jens Bogren will handle the mix.
The new material I feel is very powerful. The ENSLAVED signature is there, but there is a wild drive and a level of energy that makes me extremely excited. All five members have poured their dedication and souls into the preparations, and there are new sides to the band shown that will elevate this album.” – Ivar Bjørnson


Roderick Totentanz