Released: 2002, Wounded Love Records
Fun Fact: Tåke is a Norweigian word meaning “Fog”
At a concert at Essen in Germany in March, 2007, Hoest walked on stage with a massive swastika on his chest. This action caused quite a stir. Here was Hoest’s initial response: "... we truly apologize to all of our collaborators who might get problems because of the Essen swastika scandal (except for the Untermensch owner of that club; you can go suck a Muslim)!” This, also, caused quite a stir. Thus, Hoest posted an additional response:
"My previous statement clearly states that I apologize ONLY to our COLLABORATORS who might get problems [sic] because of the scandal. This means that I take full responsibility and should receive all “problems” myself.. But what problems did I get? We raped Essen on one of the first days of the tour and the word spread within minutes. For the rest of the tour I was such an easy target for verbal or physical abuse on stage, walking around the venues, in the streets, etc.. but I didn`t receive ANY confrontation.. So keep your pathetic internet debate going, but don`t think for one second that I take any of you seriously.. Furthermore, I never did anything to make Taake a “big” band. I was hoping to lose some fans with the NEKRO EP, so now I certainly expect to get rid of some more."
Typically, I would start a review in a different manner. But, in this case, I figured some of you might find the musings of a black metal transvestite (corpsepaint is still make-up) amusing.
Onto the album (which is from five years before this scandal by the way). Ok firstly, I feel I should dedicate some time to discussing the picture of Hoest on the cover. Clearly, Hoest dedicated some time to this…thus, I’m going to as well. As long as I’ve been into metal, I’ve never understood these black metaller’s and their obsesession with always getting their pictures taken (add another point the belief that the most masculine activities are intrinsically the most homosexual). In the case of …BJOERGVIN… It’s just Hoest posing, trying to look evil (or grim), holding a s&m chain. Meanwhile, he appears to be wearing somekind of larper cloak.
From a musical perspective I wish Hoest had put as much thought into the song writing as he did his portrait. …BJOERGVIN…, for the most part, sounds like a cross-section of unfinished Quorthon riffs and pussified Fenriz licks. The album is just a sad rehash of what we’ve all heard countless times before: Half/melodic Darkthrone-inspired metal that takes itself way too seriously.
To be honest it’s not all bad…it’s just been done soooooooooo many times. I really don’t understand the purpose at this point. Taake is an average/servicible black metal band and years ago this wouldn’t have mattered. But now, due to oversaturation, it’s problematic. If Taake wants a review of 4.0/5.0 or higher they’re going to need to separate themselves...and do something more innovative.
In the end, what we’re left with are a few good riffs (played too many times), very (too) reminiscent of Rotting Christ, Bathory, and Carpathian Forest, and one of those “boing” sound effects ruining a perfectly good song in track #3.
Conclusion: Ignore. Unless you’re trying to impress people with the obscure cd’s you own.