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Releases : 23     Total votes : 316     Reviews : 11
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Formed1991, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
CurrentlySalon-la-Tour, Limousin, France
GenresBlack Metal, Ambient
LabelsMisanthropy, Byelobog

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Album titleRankTypeRelease dateRatingVotesReviews
Burzum preview 1,471CollectionWish List Studio 82.3 341
preview 2,295CollectionWish List EP 83.5 100
Det som engang var preview 769CollectionWish List Studio 86.6 282
Hvis Lyset Tar Oss preview 269CollectionWish List Studio 89.2 410
Filosofem preview 625CollectionWish List Studio 84.3 603
Dauði Baldrs preview 2,608CollectionWish List Studio 77.9 240
Hliðskjálf preview 2,336CollectionWish List Studio 80.5 190
Belus preview 2,526CollectionWish List Studio 77.3 301
Fallen preview 3,309CollectionWish List Studio 70 202
Umskiptar preview 3,469CollectionWish List Studio 65 110
Sôl austan, Mâni vestan preview 3,435CollectionWish List Studio 66.4 130
The Ways of Yore preview 3,520CollectionWish List Studio 58.9 90


Burzum Live
Burzum Live
Varg Vikernes : Recent
Varg Vikernes : Recent
Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes

Top Songs

Song titleAlbum titleRatingVotes
1 My Journey To The Stars preview (1992) 98.84
2 Burzum preview (1996) 925
3 Det Som En Gang Var preview (1994) 93.33
4 Jesu død preview (1996) 895
5 Key to the Gate preview (1993) 951
6 En ring til å herske preview (1993) 951
7 Lost Wisdom preview (1993) 951
8 Tomhet preview (1994) 88.33
9 Beholding the Daughters of the Firmament preview (1996) 86.34
10 Hvis Lyset Tar Oss preview (1994) 86.73
11 Inn I Slottet Fra Drømmen preview (1994) 86.73
12 Black Spell Of Destruction preview (1992) 87.52
13 A Lost Forgotten Sad Spirit preview (1992) 852
14 Decrepitude I preview (1996) 81.73
15 Han som reiste preview (1993) 851
16 Når himmelen klarner preview (1993) 851
17 Snu mikrokosmos tegn preview (1993) 851
18 Svarte troner preview (1993) 851
19 War preview (1992) 77.52
20 Den onde kysten preview (1993) 801
21 Feeble Screams From Forests Unknown preview (1992) 752
22 Dungeons Of Darkness preview (1992) 752
23 Channelling The Power Of Souls Into A New God preview (1992) 72.52
24 Ea, Lord Of The Depths preview (1992) 703
25 The Crying Orc preview (1992) 702
26 Decrepitude II preview (1996) 652
27 Rundtgåing av den transcendentale egenhetens støtte preview (1996) 604
Additional notes
In 1991, when Satanel disbanded, Vikernes revived his solo project, changing the name to Burzum (which translates to "darkness" in J.R.R. Tolkien's Black Speech, which is spoken by orcs and other creatures of Mordor). Handling all instruments and vocals by himself, he recorded Burzum's first four full-length albums in a span of just over one year. In addition to all that, he joined Mayhem on bass, as well.

In the wake of the notoriety surrounding the church burnings, and finally the murder of Mayhem's leader Euronymous in 1993, Vikernes faced a trial and was sentenced to 21 years in prison (and 10 years additional confinement, a system that has since been changed). Not allowed to have a guitar in his cell, and proclaiming all rock and metal-based music to be culturally alien and non-Aryan in origin, he chose to continue Burzum in a keyboard-based, neoclassical ambient vein for the two albums that followed.

Varg chose to end Burzum in late 2000, disappointed that fans were still connecting Burzum with Satanism, despite his allegiance to paganism and right-wing politics.

According to Varg, because Euronymous was too incompetent to release Burzum albums on Deathlike Silence Productions Records, Varg decided to start his own label called Burznazg (which translates to "Dark Ring" in Tolkien's Dark Speech), that was later (in 1993) changed to Cymophane Records (Greek: "Wave to appear", the name of a gem that is shaped like an eye) and do everything himself.

In October 2003, Varg had a weekend leave from jail, and escaped during that time - only to be caught back later the same day by the police. Rumors also began to circulate that a third ambient album was to be released, and that the plans were canceled after Varg's attempted escape. Varg has denied this.

In March 2009, it was announced that Varg would be released from prison, on the condition that he would have to report to his parole officer for the period of a year. On May 24, 2009, he was officially released on probation.

Varg has repeatedly stated that he is not fond of using a specific font as to make it an official logo for Burzum, showing no interest whatsoever towards having an actual logo. The old writing is often considered as the logo, yet Varg did not intend it, but only took the font he thought to suit the best among all other font stickers he found in a store. He has also remarked in a number of interviews that he is not fond of Burzum being labeled as "black metal", in turn, he thinks "heavy metal" suits better. However, he names his music as "scaldic metal" or even "scaldic music".

In 2013 Varg opened a Youtube channel for his blog, Thulean Perspective where he uploaded a video featuring a new instrumental black metal track called "Back to the Shadows". In the description of the video, he stated that Burzum would cease producing metal for good.

Other exclusive tracks can be streamed through Thulean Perspective's Youtube Channel.

In July 2013, Varg was arrested in France under the suspicion that he was planning a terrorist attack. French police decided to act when Varg's wife legally bought four hunting rifles in a local shop.

Varg Vikernes's first band was known as Uruk-Hai, formed around 1988-89. In mid-1990 Varg took a one-year break, which he spent playing in Old Funeral, and later in Satanel, which he formed with Abbath Doom Occulta of Immortal.

Interesting facts:

AiwarikiaR, the former Ulver drummer, was intended to be the drummer of Burzum during the short period that Varg was thinking about making live performances. Fenriz from Darkthrone and Hellhammer from Mayhem, were also auditioned - the latter was in fact announced as the band's new drummer on flyers in the interim between "Burzum" and "Aske".

At one point, before the murder of Euronymous, Varg was thinking about signing to Earache Records to release his fourth album and this label did want to try having a black metal act on their line-up. Though, Earache hesitated to sign him because of his highly racist views (and also the fact that at that time, Earache were a death/grindcore metal label and not black metal) and Varg was arrested a year later.

A compilation released by Misanthropy Records in 1998 called "Presumed Guilty" contains the Burzum song "Et hvitt lys over skogen", which appears on "Anthology."

All albums from "Burzum/Aske" to "Hlidskjalf" were jointly re-released in 2010 on Byelobog Productions and Candlelight Records as jewel case CD w/ slipcase.
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