Burzum

Varg Vikernes

Also known as Burzu
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.burzum.org, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burzum

Discography of Burzum:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Dauði Baldrs 6 Audio 1997
2 Hliðskjálf 8 Audio 1999
3 Filosofem 6 Audio 1996-01-31
4 Hvis Lyset Tar Oss 4 Audio 1994
5 Burzum / Aske 11 Audio 1995
6 Det Som Engang Var 8 Audio 1994-10-13
7 Aske 5 Audio 1993-03-00 Deathlike Silence Productions
8 Det Som Engang Var 10 Audio 1995 Necropolis Records
9 Filosofem 6 Audio 1996
10 Dauði Baldrs 6 Audio 1997
11 Dunkelheit 3 Audio 1996 Misanthropy Records
12 Det Som Engang Var 8 Audio 1994-10-13
13 Hvis Lyset Tar Oss 4 Audio 1994
14 Burzum 11 Audio 1992-03-00 Deathlike Silence Productions
15 1992-1997 41 Audio 1998 Hammerheart Records
16 Burzum 11 Audio 1992 Deathlike Silence Productions
17 Hliðskjálf 8 Audio 2005 Back On Black
18 Det Som Engang Var 8 Audio 2005 Back On Black
19 Filosofem 6 Audio 2003 Somber Music
20 Filosofem 6 Audio 2005 Back On Black
21 Hvis Lyset Tar Oss 4 Audio 2005 Back On Black
22 Det Som Engang Var 8 Audio 1993-08-00 Cymophane Productions
23 Draugen - Rarities 16 Audio 2005-09-19 Back On Black
24 Demo '91 / Unreleased + Demo / Live 13 Audio 1998 Full Jew Productions
25 Ragnarok (A New Beginning) 8 Audio 2000
26 Untitled 6 Audio 2000 Vinyl Maniac Records
27 Hliðskjálf 8 Audio 2003 Dead Ringer
28 Burzum 11 Audio 1994 Full Moon Productions (2)
29 Aske 5 Audio 1993 Deathlike Silence Productions
30 Dauði Baldrs 6 Audio 2003
31 Hvis Lyset Tar Oss 4 Audio 2003 Somber Music
32 Hliðskjálf 8 Audio 1999
33 Spell Of Destruction 2 Audio Not On Label (Burzum)
34 Burzum / Aske 11 Audio 2005-04-04 Back On Black
35 Hvis Lyset Tar Oss 4 Audio 1994
36 Winterliche Reinheit 18 Audio 2004 Rain Of Blood Records
37 Once Emperor 2 Audio 2001 Not On Label (Burzum)
38 Filosofem / Demo 12 Audio 2003 Agat Company Ltd.
39 Hvis Lyset Tar Oss 4 Audio 1997 Mystic Production
40 Filosofem 6 Audio 1996
41 Filosofem 6 Audio 1996
42 Feeble Screams Pt. I 2 Audio 2007 Not On Label (Burzum)
43 Dauði Baldrs / Burzum & Gorgoroth [From Split] 15 Audio 2003 Agat Company Ltd.
44 Det Som Engang Var / Ragnarok (A New Beginning) Vol. 1 15 Audio 2003 Agat Company Ltd.
45 Anthology 9 Audio 2008-03-03 Back On Black
46 Det Som Engang Var 8 Audio 2008 Back On Black
47 Hvis Lyset Tar Oss 4 Audio 2008 Back On Black
48 Filosofem 6 Audio 2008 Back On Black
49 Ragnarok (A New Beginning) 8 Audio Not On Label (Burzum)
50 Filosofem 6 Audio 1996 Morbid Noizz Productions


[a=Varg Vikernes] was born as Kristian Larsson Vikernes. For a short while, he used the alias [a=Count Grishnackh]. With his one-man-band Burzum. Vikernes began making music in 1988 with the band Kalashnikov. The following year, the name was changed to Uruk-Hai, after the creatures from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. In 1990 and 1991, Vikernes played guitar for the death metal band Old Funeral, which also consisted of members who would later form the band Immortal. He appears on the Old Funeral EP Devoured Carcass. Vikernes left Old Funeral in 1991 and began a solo project under the name Burzum. The word "burzum" means "darkness" in the Black Speech; an artificial language crafted by Tolkien. Soon after recording two demo tapes, he became part of the Norwegian black metal scene. With his demo tapes, he had attracted attention from Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth of Mayhem, who had just recently formed Deathlike Silence Productions. Aarseth then signed Burzum to the label, and shortly after, Burzum began to record for his self-titled debut album. According to Vikernes' autobiography on his website, he had intended to record the album in the worst recording quality possible (due to this being a typical trademark of the early Norwegian black metal scene), though still make it sound acceptable. Burzum's eponymous debut album was released in 1992, being the second album released on Deathlike Silence Productions. The song "War" from this album had a guest appearance from Euronymous, playing a guitar solo "just for fun", according to Vikernes.

Vikernes has stated that he had never played any live shows with Burzum, though at one point was interested in it, so Samoth of Emperor joined the band as their bassist, though only appearing on the Aske EP. Additionally, Erik Lancelot was hired to be the band's drummer, though did not record on any Burzum material, and along with Samoth did not play a live show. Vikernes had by then lost his interest in playing live concerts, and stated that he "didn't even need session musicians anymore". Therefore, Samoth and Lancelot had parted ways with Burzum. Det som engang var was released as Burzum's second album in 1993, recorded in 1992.

15 May 1994 saw the release of Hvis lyset tar oss, a new album of previously recorded material from 1992. Burzum remained as a solo project until 1994, when Vikernes was arrested for the murder of Euronymous and the burnings of several churches in Norway. During his time in prison, Vikernes released his next album, titled Filosofem, on 1 January 1996. Recorded in March 1993, Filosofem was the last recording Vikernes made before his imprisonment. Burzum / Aske, a compilation comprising the Burzum album and Aske EP, was released in 1995. While imprisoned, Vikernes managed to record two other albums in a dark ambient style. They were released as Dauði Baldrs (1997) and Hliðskjálf (1999).

In 1998, all Burzum albums released up to that point were re-released as vinyl picture discs in a special box set called 1992–1997; however the Filosofem album didn't contain "Rundtgåing av den transcendentale egenhetens støtte" due to its length.

Soon after being released Vikernes started writing new tracks, nine metal tracks and an ambient intro and outro, for an upcoming Burzum album. According to Vikernes' recounts, several record companies were interested in releasing his first album in eleven years. He stated about the new album, "I want to take my time, and make it the way I want it. It will be metal, and the fans can expect genuine Burzum."

The album was going to be originally titled Den hvite guden ("The White God"), but he later decided to change it to Belus, which was released by Byelobog Productions (byelobog is the transliteration of "белобог" in Slavic languages, meaning "white god") on 8 March 2010. It was also announced that a movie would be released in 2010, based on Varg Vikernes' life in the early 1990s. The movie would mainly draw inspiration from the book Lords of Chaos, with the film being of the same name. Vikernes expressed his contempt towards both the movie and the book upon which it is based.

A second new album of original Burzum material, Fallen, was released on 7 March 2011, followed by a compilation album, From the Depths of Darkness, containing re-recordings of tracks from Burzum's self-titled album and Det som engang var, on 28 November 2011. A third new studio album of original material, titled Umskiptar, was released in May 2012. Sôl austan, Mâni vestan ("East of the Sun, West of the Moon"), Burzum's first electronic album since 1999, is scheduled for release in May 2013. On April 27th of 2013, a song was posted on the official YouTube channel of Vikernes, Thulean Perspective, titled "Back to the Shadows." In a blog post, Vikernes stated that "Back to the Shadows" will be the last metal track released by Burzum.

Burzum's music features characteristics common in black metal, including distorted, tremolo-picked guitar riffs, harsh vocals and the use of double bass blast beat techniques in the drumming. Earlier Burzum albums feature very low production quality, which has improved in albums created after Vikernes' release from prison. Burzum's early music shows heavy Tolkien influence; for example, the name "Count Grishnackh" is taken from an orc character called Grishnákh in Tolkien's works. The choice of the name for the project reflects both this influence and the desire for anonymity: Burzum is a word of the Black Speech of Mordor meaning "darkness" (though Vikernes views what Christians consider "darkness" as "light"),[1] and is one of those found on the Ring-inscription of the One Ring (the final part of the Ring inscription being "...agh burzum-ishi krimpatul", or "...and in the 'darkness bind them").[13] Some of Burzum's early songs featured titles like "En ring til å herske" ("One Ring to Rule").

Musically, Burzum has progressed from primitive, raw black metal to classical-influenced ambient music characterised by minimalist tendencies and dark atmospheres. Vikernes' music is characterised by hypnotic repetition and simple yet profound song structures; this trademark sound has been present on Burzum's black metal and electronic albums alike. Vikernes has described Burzum as a kind of "spell" or recreation of an imaginary world tied in with Pagan history. Each album, he claims, was designed as a kind of "spell" in itself, with each beginning song intending to make the listener more susceptible to "magic", the following songs to inspire a "trance-like state of mind", and the last song to carry the listener into a "world of fantasy" (dreams, for the listener would fall asleep—Burzum was supposed to have been evening music). Vikernes claims the intent to create this fantasy world came from dissatisfaction with the real world. He has stated the "message" of Burzum can be found in the lyrics of the first song of the first album ("Feeble Screams from Forests Unknown").


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