Burzum ‎– Filosofem

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Misanthropy Records ‎– AMAZON 009, Cymophane Productions ‎– EYE 004, Cymophane Productions ‎– EYE0 04N
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This version comes in a standard digipak. Some have a sticker on the front saying "Norwegen Version". This indicates that the booklet is in Norwegian. The booklet has an extra cat# EYE0 04N.
Other versions exist with booklet in German.

Recorded in Breidablik Soundstudio March .mcmxciii. a.y.p.s.

Track .i. - Music and lyrics written August 1991 a.y.p.s.
Track .ii. - Music and lyrics written February 1993 a.y.p.s.
Track .iii. - Music and lyrics written January 1993 a.y.p.s.
Track .iv. - Music and lyrics written December 1992 a.y.p.s.
Track .v. - Music written March 1993 a.y.p.s.

Tracklisting as presented in the booklet:
.i. Burzum
.ii. Jesu Død
.iii. Beholding the daughters of the firmament
.iv. Decrepitude .i.
.v. Rundtgåing av den transcendentale egenhetens støtte
.vi. Decrepitude .ii.

The copyright of this recording is exclusively owned by Misanthropy Records.
℗ 1996 Amazonian Music.
© 1996 Misanthropy.

1st (AMAZON 009) & 2nd (EYE 004) catalog numbers are both printed on the spine.
3rd catalog number (EYE0 04N) is printed on the back of the booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 029029 009998
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 1): DADC Austria A0100181635-0101 15 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 2): DADC A0100181635-0101 15 A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 3): DADC Austria A0100181635-0101 15 A7
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 4): DADC A0100181635-0101 24 A6
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 6): DADC Austria (logotype) A0100181635-0101 15 A08
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 7): DADC A0100181635-0101 24 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 8): DADC A0100181635-0101 24 A6
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 9): DADC Austria (logotype) A0100181635-0101 15 A7
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 10): DADC IFPI L554 A0100181635–0101 24 A6
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 11): DADC IFPI L554 A0100181635–0101 24 A6
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 1): IFPI 94K5
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 2): IFPI 94E8
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 3): IFPI 94K5
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 4): IFPI 94K4
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 5): IFPI 94C2
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 6): IFPI 94K8
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 7): IFPI 94K6
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 8): IFPI 94K2
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 9): IFPI 94K1
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 10): IFPI 94K7
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 11): IFPI 94Z1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 2): IFPI L555
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 3): IFPI L555
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 4): IFPI L554
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 6): IFPI L555
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 7): IFPI L554
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 8): IFPI L554
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 9): IFPI L555
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 10): IFPI L554
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 11): IFPI L554
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 12): IFPI 94H3
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 12): [DADC Austria logo] A0100181635-0101 15 A1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 12): IFPI L555

Other Versions (5 of 49) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AMAZON 009, EYE 004, EYE0 04N Burzum Filosofem(CD, Album, Unofficial) Misanthropy Records (2), Cymophane Productions (2), Cymophane Productions (2) AMAZON 009, EYE 004, EYE0 04N Unknown Sell This Version
AMAZON 009, EYE 004, EYE004N Burzum Filosofem(CD, Album, Unofficial) Misanthropy Records (2), Cymophane Productions (2), Cymophane Productions (2) AMAZON 009, EYE 004, EYE004N Russia 2017 Sell This Version
AMAZON 009, EYE 004, FH 66602 Burzum Filosofem(CD, Album, Dig) Misanthropy Records, Cymophane Productions, Feral House Audio AMAZON 009, EYE 004, FH 66602 US 1996 Sell This Version
none Burzum Filosofem(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Moon Records (2) none Ukraine Unknown Sell This Version
BOBV089LP Burzum Filosofem(2xLP, Album, RE, Cle) Back On Black BOBV089LP UK 2008 Sell This Version

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TheNyarlathotep

TheNyarlathotep

December 7, 2018
edited 2 months ago

Legendary. My favorite Burzum album is Umskiptar, but this is one of the two best. An album to listen to while meditating. 90/100.
enfantterrible

enfantterrible

December 17, 2016
edited over 2 years ago

Despite the fact most people venerates "Det som engang var" as Burzum´s best, it is in reality with "Filosofem" when he achieved his most powerful work, or at least his most memorable in terms of elaboration. Filosofem is very centered and balanced, equals force with harmony and rivals the creativity that gave Burzum its legendary status. Its a middle point between "Det som engan var" era with the posterior refinement of his more experimental works such as "Dauði Baldrs" and "Hliðskjálf".

The context of the making of this album also takes the work into a completely different dimension and enriched it with the aura of anger and resentment so present and certain while been created, drama fills this album with a fire so strong that one cannot but accept its own purity. This aspect is especially noticeable in the overly epic track "Jesus Tod", a distillation from the epicness and virulence of "Det som engang var" in just one track, potent riff, obsessive rhythm, simple, yet so utterly powerful and memorable. All this explosiveness is balanced by the mid paced, melancholic ladden opener "Dunkelheit" that also takes partial inspiration from "Det son engang var" in form.

After this opens the next album's chapter, one that as i recall in 1996 was certainly not understood at all by a majority of fervent Black metal maniacs. It was too strange and dissimilar from anything not only Burzum ever did before, but anything anyone elses ever did, with perhaps the exception of excentric Beherit in the Black metal camp and Mortiis outside of it.
Nevertheless, this album was dismissed and to certain degree still is by the lovers of "kvlt" black metal, they never understood "Filosofem" as a rapture and a progression, they didnt get the elegance of adding synths, playing with atmosphere or simply keep the blast beat out of the equation, it was too much for their fossilized minds. So after the initial two songs it was uncharted territory.

The meditative and often profound synth lines in the second part of the album is too much for a simpleton, this simply trascends any definition, black metal, or else, its a music that is more contemplative than exorcising, a dark and subtle beauty certainly for an elite. The interplay of a layer synths with the riff creates a cascade type sound, a deep trance like atmosphere that is ever absorbent.

In here we also observe a clear constrast, the one between the pure strength and violence from the beginning of the album and the melancholic character of the more atmospheric rest of the album, repetitive yet mesmerizing, simple to the point anything else added would have been superflous. Deep and intriguing.
This is truly one of the most incendiary albums ever made in the history of music and without a doubt Burzum´s masterpiece.
dalakouras

dalakouras

June 27, 2016

Love it or hate it, this is the most legendary and controversial album of extreme music ever. 20 years after its release, i still listen to it on a regular basis (never bored by it, how could one get bored with this, really?). These frozen archaic melodies are truly a mirror of psyche, listening to it is like listening to your innermost Self, a centripetal vortexing towards the Center.
elcssyz

elcssyz

July 20, 2015
Everyones' own music taste. Right?

I've the CD version with norwegian tracktitles and norwegian credits on the back. On the back is no barcode. I guess it's unofficial. Is this version already in discogs? Can someone give a link?
expandabear

expandabear

January 11, 2015
This is one of the best metal albums I've ever had the pleasure of hearing.
dalakouras

dalakouras

November 25, 2011
edited over 5 years ago

The unsurpassed millestone of hard music. If this album won't kill you, it will definetely make you stronger.
bcordone

bcordone

February 7, 2011
Everyone has different tastes but that negative review is so off. I think Filosofem is absolutely their best work to date.