Very happy to see a remastering of this haunting masterpiece. Basically, it’s 40 minutes concretist sound tapestry describing the Black Death’s onslaught in twelfth century Norway. It’s harrowing, grinding, and devastating to listen to Svartedauen, probably not for the faint of heart or those who think they got music pinned as a concept. In short, highly recommended.
And I never before made the connection that the album is based on Theodor Kittelsen’s art book of the same name — from which Burzum got the cover art for Hvis lyset tar oss. If I read the product description right, examples from that book are included in the packaging. That’s two macabre masterworks for the price of one, kids. Can’t beat the Norwegians in that game.