Reviews for Burzum's Dauði Baldrs

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Let's see if I can do worse than Varg... - 14%
Written by Napero on April 22nd, 2006

Varg had been a very bad boy, a very naughty boy indeed,
Playing metal, burning churches, and making Euronymous bleed,
He had been caught and tried in court, and the Hammer of Justice fell,
"We will jail your sorry bottom, for how long, well, we cannot tell";
'Twas his time to repent and redeem, his rebellious mind to quell,
Alas, Vikernes thought, "Go to Hell"

Days were long and the nights lonely, but Varg kept himself defiant,
"When I get out, I'll show those bastards and become a Pagan Giant";
He read and he wrote many a book, and trained to keep his youthful look,
Prayed Odin to cut him some slack, to let him out to pay things back,
But time was too slow and boring, Varg felt he'd been stretched on a rack,
Nightly, in tears, he hit the sack

On a sleepless night in Varg's cell, he got a visitor from Hell,
With a mighty smell of sulphur, and the ringing of Hell's great bell
Odin came to greet him and chat, to command his favourite chap,
Towing a bullet-holed Vidkun, and trailed by the pale ghosts of yore,
Varg wanted to join them right then, to make the ghastly crew one more,
But Odin laughed, "Not yet my son"

Varg fell on his knees and begged, "Dad, grant me the crown of Norway",
"I'll keep discipline of iron, convert people back to Your Way!"
But Odin laughed and the walls shook, and he gave Varg a trickster's look,
"I shall grant you an artefact, more mighty than the crown, in fact,
worth a hundred crowns of Norway, hope it arrives in mail intact",
"So make good use of it, my boy"

In the morning, as Varg woke up, a guard came with a largish box,
Quoth "'Tis for you, by mail-order, now be a nice boy, change those socks",
Hands trembling, Varg tore the cardboard, expecting an armour and sword,
But he was completely at loss, as he saw the gift from his boss,
The artefact was black and white, called Casio, and kind of gross,
Quoth the price tag, "100 crowns"...

So Varg played 'till his fingers bled, time became a stone-filled sled,
Did his very best, tried and wept, played all the time unless he slept,
But the Casio made a bleep, a horrible honk and a beeb,
Varg's desperation knew no bounds, but, determined, he pushed on
Played, occasionally despaired, composed, bone-headedly strode on
Cursed, but still prayed to Lord Odin

He completed his masterpiece; It reeked of ancient Stilton cheese
Varg got a few tears in his eyes, when he thought of the thing's release,
He would be laughed at by his pals, abandoned by Norwegian gals,
And there was no pride in his soul, the album was tryly quite foul,
Not loved even by its creator, the MIDI was cute as a ghoul,
And still, some idiots bought it...

Look at it any way you wish, Daudi Baldrs stinks like a fish
Ain't ambient or metallish, it's a wholly untempting dish
Vangelis, master of the trade, will spends days rolling in his grave
While he's still alive, he does know, synth music shouldn't be a joke
Or be any stress reliever for a desperate inmate bloke
...and, (grumble), neither should metal...

So don't listen to it, young man, leave it there in the bargain bin
Since from the metal point of view Vikernes committed a sin
Releasing abominations, unleashing worthless creations
With no connection to metal or nationalist idealism
This is only, pure and simple, a deprived man's commercialism
Selling his records from the jail

Meanwhile, away in Valhalla, Odin laughed and spilled his mead,
The trickster watched Varg crying and shook his iron-crowned head,
as the joke had been successful, and Varg's new album truly dull
The tears of laughter filled his eyes, on the floor he laughed off his ass
He had known Varg couldn't do it without a guitar, drums and bass
Baldur's Death ain't music of class

'Twas a painful experience, to hear Varg's mental decadence,
To listen to this lousiness, wholly devoid of metalness
Not a single good song on it, and nothing resembling a hit
Shall I ever feel drawn to it, is there interest to admit?
Will I again listen to it, or, Heaven forbid, enjoy it?
Quoth Napero, "Nevermore!"

Help, I’m being raped in prison! - 3%
Written by Gabometal86 on March 20th, 2005


1997´s “Daudi Baldrs” is the first album Varg wrote while in prison and also the first all-ambient release under the Burzum name. As the uninformed bastard I am, I picked up this album expecting some raw black metal a la Darkthrone or old Burzum, but what I got was a repetitive and boring ambient release full of basic rhythm patterns that don’t change at all throughout the songs.
“Daudi Baldrs” is an album which establishes a mood based on Introspective, subtle and minimal keyboard structures. This album is composed by six tracks full of long, slow and neo classical-sounding passages

Also there’s the problem of the lack of heaviness. They don’t allow you to have a guitar in your jail? They are taking care of you, because you should impel it on your ass. But that’s not the reason for being too soft; way before he was imprisoned he had decided that guitars and such elements were culturally alien to Aryan race or something like that. So, there are no guitars, no drums, and no vocals, what the fuck is going on here? This is not the sloppy and sugary techno pop from Europe, this is fucking worse. The whole album was recorded solely by a MIDI keyboard.

The title track is a slow symphonic-infested track with some passages driven by the violins and other orchestral elements and while it’s not really bad, just very monotonous, it gets boring really quickly at the mark of 2:45 more or less and very annoying and irritating at about 4:30. “Hermodr A Helfero” is a short piano song full of homosexual and ambient constructs whose sole purpose is to help Varg feel no pain when he is rectally illustrated by the other prisoners. It can be considered sympatric and charming by some people (I don’t denied it was) but hey, isn’t this Burzum? Wasn’t this supposed to be Satan worshipping metal? Fuck off with this boring folk song. “Balferd Baldrs” is more obscure than the previous two. I like the atmosphere that this one sets, but the evident lack of heaviness and the fact that the rhythm keeps the same all the way through makes this a repetitive-as-hell song with no apparent meaning to me, it’s like an endless intro going nowhere. The song ends and I am still wondering if the intro is going to lead to a crushing passage but then I remember that heaviness is not allowed in Burzum anymore. “I Heimr Heljjar” is a nice and kinda medieval song that has a short percussive section that lasts 15 seconds more or less. This is my favorite one and it is the only one I can completely stand without hitting the skip button. Next is the piano-driven “Illa Tindandi” which is a long and depressive number that relies on some melancholic piano tinklings and a kind of heavy (not in the traditional sense) atmosphere, overall it’s not that bad but the fact that it’s always the same and also that it lasts ten and a half minutes make it unbearable. The album concludes with “Moti Ragnarokum” which is another soft and melodic long tune. This one lasts 9:07 and despite being really simple, it’s far more complex and diverse than the rest of the album.

So there you have it Varg, that’s why you’re in prison flaming cocksucker, because you record shitty ambient/new age music...No, wait, I’ve just remembered he’s in prison because he killed Euronymus and that this album is the natural evolution and consequence of that. First you go to jail, then you are ass raped brutally a couple of thousand times a day and finally you get to record an Opeth-like album but without the vocals, a kinda predictable thing to happen. Are the wardens being too rough with your sweet anus Varg? It’s quite fair, as your recent albums don’t even have one single headbangable moment.

The good point is about the unique atmosphere of the music, it’s really creepy and sets the mood fine but too much mood setting is fucking annoying. I mean, acoustic and creepy passages are really nice to set the mood for thrash metal, doom metal or even power metal albums, but a complete album full of mood-setting really annoys me to the point that I’m happy to see Varg imprisoned. Example of how nice is to have dark passages: the intro to Sepultura’s album “Schizophrenia”, Candlemass´ “Marche Funebre”, Slayer’s “Hell Awaits” intro, but then again, if these passages had dragged on and on and on for too long they would have become repetitive, boring and annoying.

Conclusion: If you are infatuated with Dark/Ambient and homosexual bands singing hymns to the gods. Exhibit A: Summoning. But if you remotely like something with a minor resemblance to metal, then avoid this laughable release and go for some real thrash or serious death metal.

Burzum - Daudi Baldrs - 70%
Written by Satanic_Warmonger on March 13th, 2005

Burzums first completely ambient release, Daudi Baldrs! This is such a change from the original Burzum style. The early style was raw, excellent NSBM vocals, a true gift to the deities of NSBM. New style however is VERY different, total ambience that progresses as each track ends and begins, sort of like a black metal story book. Each track on Daudi Baldrs has a very ancient slash antique feeling. Daudi Baldrs is not all about Rawness! Daudi Baldrs is a thinking album, you put it on not to headbang but to look back on your life and dream about the Aryan History now no more. The only real thing that i felt was a downfall to this album was the lack of vocals! While i was listening to this i kept expecting Varg Vikernes to just pop in and scream something out! But didnt happen, this later proved to be a good thing when you desire a time of peace and thought. Great album Varg has done, i wouldnt say its the best of the Ambience though, i enjoyed Hlidsjkalf far more than Daudi Baldrs, however, Daudi Baldrs does have some enjoyable things, most of the instruments have a very folkish feeling, sorta like listening to the Polish group Perunwit. Varg Vikernes has really proven to us all that he can prosper in both a peaceful ambient style and a more raw and blackish style!

Minimal resources or not... - 55%
Written by dividingforce on July 27th, 2004

Daudi Baldrs, the first album Varg wrote while in prison for the murder of Mayhem's guitarist Euronymous, is the first completely ambient release under the Burzum name. Not being allowed to have a guitar in his cell (and previously deciding that guitar-based music is non-Aryan in origin, anyways), Varg took under his wing what sounds like a rather cheap Casio keyboard and began to write music for it. What came out of that arrangement is this album.

Comprised of only six tracks and using nothing but the built-in MIDI of the keyboard, this album is very non-Burzum, to say the least. Then again, there are no guitars, no drums, no vocals; of course it's going to be different. It begins well with the song "Daudi Baldrs", a song that reminds me vaguely of olden medival music, but brought back in time and updated with today's instruments. It's good, but it gets very repetative rather quickly. I'd go into detail about the rest of the songs on the album, but why bother? They all suffer the same flaw: good music, but quick to get on your nerves. It's the same loops over and over, sometimes with different MIDI sound playing the notes. Sure, Varg was using minimal resources and therefore the music would suffer as well, and I respect that, but there is just the feeling to this album that it could of been better, despite Varg's surroundings.

If you're a Burzum collector, get this to complete your collection. If you don't collect all things Burzum, you still might want to check this album out, but don't expect anything black metal; it's more like a day at the symphony than a day in the frozen north.

Ah...the power of MIDI - 70%
Written by Shadow0fDeath on July 24th, 2004

I had heard samples of this album but i wasn't interested until recently to pick up this album. This album, Daudi Baldrs is the first album written by Varg while in prison. With very minimal equipment he used MIDI to create this album. Though it's very minimal Varg i believe was able to make the absolute best out of it and still is able to capture brilliance with this album. Unlike it's successor, Hildskjalf, Daudi Baldrs avoids more pagan influenced ambient and has a more classical theme to it with many dark and even sometimes medieval type theme too it.

The first song, the title track, of the album sounds more like a dark orchestra playing and a violin solo interlude. A dissapointment is the horn type thing that is being played. Not only does it not fit with the more symphonic elements from the violins it also does not even have a great sound quality alone.

Hermodr a helfero begins with a harp type of melody and weave in and out of that melody you hear a piccolo. The song is pretty repetitive like most songs on this album but luckily it's far shorter than the others. This piece is pretty light compared to some of the other songs.

Balferd Baldrs is a darker piece than the second. Has more violins going on much like the song Daudi Baldrs.

I Heimr Heljar sounds more like a middle eastern or arabian regality tune. Probably one of the most unique songs on the album. It has a very majestic feel to it. A couple sections where varg continues to masterbate with the violin. Also has a drum solo halfway through the song for about 15 seconds. It's pretty short much like Hermodr which is sad considering the longer pieces have little or no change at all.

illa Tindandi is a softer quieter piano song. I really enjoy it because i had played piano a long time. Though i have to admit this song isn't necessary to be 10 minutes long as it's basically the same two melodies over and over again, with a choir type this coming in every now and then.

Moti Ragnarokum is the final song on this album. It sounds much like a classical piano piece. I remember reading in an interview Varg had been listening mainly to classical music while he was in his cell. The violins come back in like usual but unlike the other songs it's not as dark. It's a much lighter song. It follows this pattern throughout the song but unlike the others it isn't repetitive.

Overall Daudi Baldrs is decent, yet somewhat dry in places.

Repetitive, but still has some redeeming qualities - 60%
Written by stickyshooZ on June 29th, 2004

You know those albums by artists you love which are evidencing of the fact that the artist is slipping, and you’re not sure if they’ll be able to balance themselves out again? This is exactly what this album is like for Burzum. This makes me think around the lines of ‘Ouch...err...I don’t know if they’ll be able to recover from this one.’ I wish I could say otherwise, because I love Burzum and the idea of Varg having made a mediocre album doesn’t fascinate me. Never the less, it’s true - this full-fledged keyboards album is rather mediocre.

I don’t mind minimalism at all, because I happen to love the “Hlidskjalf” album; but if you’re going to go down the path of a minimalist, then you need variety! Most of the songs are VERY repetitive and don’t transform or have any interesting direction; it just keeps a basic rhythm pattern and repeats it over and over again. There are some interesting lead key parts thrown in, but UGH, the rhythm rarely changes! Songs like “Balferd Baldrs” keep the same rhythm all the way through, occasionally playing that same rhythm with a different it’s fairly boring for a six-minute song. The up side to this album is that it’s rather alarming and sometimes even disturbing.

Yeah, the over consistencies may annoy you at times, but the mood is so gloomy and sad that it’s almost creepy. I don’t know anything of the story of Baldrs, but since Varg portrays it as a very melancholic and pessimistic tale, I can imagine the general gist of it. The entire album is in midi form, so it’s rather sloven, tempestuous, and rugged in sound; it’s not clear and tidy like the follow-up of this album. There aren’t that many complexities in the songs, but some are rather intriguing (“Moti Ragnarokum” and “Illa Tidandi” are my personal favorites) with their lonely sound, as if it’s alone in a dark forest and looking for shelter. Good, but yet again, the perpetuity is too much.

I feel that most of the song lengths could easily be cut in half, or a quarter at least and still manage to deliver a powerful performance; because when the listener becomes irritated due to over extensive song length, that’s when you’ve messed up. In all honesty, I would have enjoyed this very much if Varg had either shortened the songs or would have added more variety of elements in his songs; preferably the latter. I get the feeling that Varg tried with this album, but somewhere along the lines he got lost, forgot he’d gotten lost, and decided to declare the album done. This album is highly repetitive, but still okay for an occasional listen...although, don’t get your hopes up too high for something really cool. In my opinion, this isn’t worthy of being called Burzum...but it’s not a complete stain to the name by any means.

The good: creepy atmosphere, decent musicianship.
The bad: too repetitive and drawn out.

Well, I wasen't expecting this... - 82%
Written by langstondrive on January 6th, 2004

When I picked this CD up, I was expecting some of Varg's ambient work in the vein of "Tomhet" and "Channeling", and at the very extreme, "Rundgang". Well, this album is like none of the aforementioned songs in the least. The mood is more of a true classical music album, and the songs are very melodic and repeatitive. There are simple, but very effective themes to each of the songs and each theme lasts about 3 minutes, I would guess. They return at the end of certain songs, especially the longer ones, but overall the songs do remain fairly interesting.

The definite keyword here is minimalism. This album truly defines that word, with it's simple song structures and slow, moving classical passages. There are both moments of aggression and beauty, which makes this a keeper. The CD booklet and cover are also very nicely illustrated and is much nicer than another shitty digipack.

This is NOT for everybody, and liking Burzum's earlier works does not necessairly mean (in the least) that you will take to this, but if you enjoy minimalistic experimentation, then give Daudi Baldrs a try.

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