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Encyclopedia > Burzum
Origin Flag of Norway Bergen, Norway
Genre(s) Black metal
Dark ambient
Years active 1991–present
Label(s) Deathlike Silence Productions
Cymophane
Misanthropy Records
Associated
acts
Mayhem
Old Funeral
Darkthrone
Website burzum.org
Members
Count Grishnackh (Varg Vikernes)

Burzum began in 1991 as a prominent and influential Norwegian black metal act by Varg Vikernes (born Kristian Vikernes). Originally, he used the pseudonym Count Grishnackh. Burzum has played a key role in the musical development of black metal, while Vikernes has also archived a level of infamy for himself and the genre at large. Vikernes was convicted of the murder of Mayhem guitarist Øystein Aarseth (who is also known by the stage name "Euronymous") and additionally for the arson of several churches. Despite being in prison, Vikernes denies Burzum has been abandoned, and is "very much alive and well".[citation needed] Image File history File links Burzum-Logo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Norway. ... County District Midhordland Municipality NO-1201 Administrative centre Bergen Mayor (2007) Gunnar Bakke (Frp) Official language form Neutral[1] Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 215 465 km² 445 km² 0. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Dark ambient is a subgenre of ambient music which emerged in the 1980s and 1990s with the introduction of new synthesizer and sampling technology in the electronic music genre and other technical advances in music. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Deathlike Silence Productions was an Oslo, Norway based independent record label founded in the late 1980s that focused primarily on black metal. ... The mineral or gemstone chrysoberyl, not to be confused with beryl, is an aluminate of beryllium with the formula BeAl2O4. ... Mayhem (often called The True Mayhem) is a black metal band, formed in 1984[1] in Oslo, Norway. ... Old Funeral was a black/death metal band from Bergen, Norway. ... Darkthrone is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1986. ... Varg Qisling Larssøn Vikernes IPA: , born Kristian Vikernes on February 11, 1973, outside of Bergen, Norway, is a black metal musician. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Varg Qisling Larssøn Vikernes IPA: , born Kristian Vikernes on February 11, 1973, outside of Bergen, Norway, is a black metal musician. ... Mayhem (often called The True Mayhem) is a black metal band, formed in 1984[1] in Oslo, Norway. ... Dead and Euronymous Øystein Aarseth (March 22, 1968 - August 10, 1993) was a guitarist for the infamous Norwegian black metal band Mayhem who went by the stage name Euronymous. ... The Skyline Parkway Motel in Afton, Virginia after an arson fire on July 9, 2004. ...

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Biography

Burzum's early music shows a moderate 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 believes that Pagans consider it to mean "light" as opposed to how Christians consider it to mean "darkness"), 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", "...and in the darkness bind them"). Some of Burzum's early songs featured titles like "En Ring Til Å Herske" ("One Ring To Rule"); however, Vikernes later explained this to be a reference to the Rheingold of Norse mythology rather than to Tolkien's works, which themselves owe debt to Norse mythology. As he continued to release albums, Vikernes' attraction to Norse mythology and Pagan beliefs became more and more apparent. Much of Burzum's later music focuses on Norse legends, especially his most recent two ambient albums: Dauði Baldrs, which deals exclusively with the legend of the death of Baldr, and Hliðskjálf, which recounts the death of Wotan and the approach of Ragnarök. For original Orcs from the New Line films, see List of original characters in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. ... The Black Speech is the fictional language of Mordor in The Lord of the Rings. ... Mount Doom and Barad-dûr in Mordor, as depicted in the Peter Jackson film. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional world of Middle-earth, the Ring-inscription is a Black Speech inscription in Tengwar upon the One Ring, symbolising the Rings power to control the other Rings of Power. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold) is the first of the four operas that comprise Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), by Richard Wagner. ... Norse, Viking or Scandinavian mythology comprises the indigenous pre-Christian religion, beliefs and legends of the Scandinavian peoples, including those who settled on Iceland, where most of the written sources for Norse mythology were assembled. ... Pagan and heathen redirect here. ... Ambient music refers to a kind of music that envelops the listener without drawing attention to itself [1] // The term ambient music was first coined by Brian Eno in the mid-1970s to refer to music that can be either actively listened to with attention or as easily ignored, depending... Baldr. ... For other meanings of Odin and Wotan see Odin (disambiguation) Odin (Old Norse Óðinn, Swedish Oden) is usually considered the supreme god of Germanic and Norse mythology. ... For other uses, see Ragnarök (disambiguation). ...


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 "magick", 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); the following lyrics act as footnotes. This article is about the musical genre. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ...


Currently, Vikernes is in prison for the murder of former musician Øystein Aarseth (Euronymous of Mayhem), as well as the arson of several Christian Churches in Norway, which were previously pagan halls. Vikernes is suspected to have taken part in various other crimes, and was believed to have been planning another church burning at the time of his arrest. This was due to the fact that police found 100 kg of dynamite in his home, the presence of which was explained by Vikernes' hobby of collecting weapons. According to Vikernes himself: "...the claim I had plans to blow up churches with my dynamite is from 1994, and was made by a guy working for the police. That was the first time I ever heard of such plans, simply because I have never had any such plans." In 2004 during a week long release from prison, he failed to return to the prison in the preordained time. Some days later, he was found riding in a stolen Volvo car, which contained an unloaded AG3 automatic rifle, a handgun, numerous large knives, a gas mask, camouflage clothing, a laptop, a compass, a Global Positioning System, various maps and a fake passport (it is thought that Vikernes came to be in possession of this equipment by means of a military barracks). Thirteen months were added to his sentence as a result. Dead and Euronymous Øystein Aarseth (March 22, 1968 - August 10, 1993) was a guitarist for the infamous Norwegian black metal band Mayhem who went by the stage name Euronymous. ... Mayhem (often called The True Mayhem) is a black metal band, formed in 1984[1] in Oslo, Norway. ... The Skyline Parkway Motel in Afton, Virginia after an arson fire on July 9, 2004. ... For other uses, see Arrest (disambiguation). ... Dynamite is an explosive based on the explosive potential of nitroglycerin, initially using diatomaceous earth (kieselguhr) as an adsorbent. ... GPS redirects here. ...


I have also experienced most of the people supporting me or what I stand for are so-called "Nazis" - while almost everybody else has just condemned me and then boycotted me and everything I have done. What makes me different from the "Nazis" are basically three things; unlike them I am not socialistic (not even on a national level), I am not materialistic, and I believe in (the ancient Scandinavian!) democracy.


Varg has stated on burzum.org that "he laughs at people who call him a Nazi" because it is "simply not true", claiming that his earlier connections as a Nazi-like figure was that he tried to describe his ideas and used a politically incorrect or "generalised" term. He also has a positive opinion/admiration on the Slavs and their culture. Burzum is often mistakenly labeled as National Socialist black metal (NSBM) because of Varg's ideologies (which are seen as racist), despite the fact Burzum has no National Socialist lyrics. In fact, the only line pertaining to race is from "My Journey to the Stars", which is not racist per se, as it illustrates war. Nazism in history Nazi ideology Nazism and race Outside Germany Related subjects Lists Politics Portal         Nazism or National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), refers primarily to the ideology and practices of the Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers Party, German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP) under Adolf Hitler. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see War (disambiguation). ...


Vikernes has also been labeled a Satanist due to his connections with Mayhem, his anti-Christianity, dark lyrics, and one of his songs pertaining to Satan ("Dominus Sathanas"). However, Vikernes also states on burzum.org he never believed in Satanism due to his perception of it being a Judeo-Christian concept, and at the time he labeled himself as a Satanist, he was under Euronymous' influence and very impressionable. He also believes Satanism is a capitalist concept due to so many black metal bands using it. Vikernes claims he is exclusively Pagan/Odalist. Satanism can refer to a number of belief systems depending on the user and contexts. ... Mayhem (often called The True Mayhem) is a black metal band, formed in 1984[1] in Oslo, Norway. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is... In economics, a capitalist is someone who owns capital, presumably within the economic system of capitalism. ... Pagan may refer to: A believer in Paganism or Neopaganism Bagan, a city in Myanmar also known as Pagan Pagan (album), the 6th album by Celtic metal band Cruachan Pagan Island, of the Northern Mariana Islands Pagan Lorn, a metal band from Luxembourg, Europe (1994-1998) Pagans Mind, is... Odalism (from the Proto-Germanic word Odal which roughly means heritage,) is a Teutonic Folkish movement based on pride in ones own ancient cultural and religious traditions, rather than adopting those of outside cultures. ...


Many of the Burzum albums feature illustrations by the Norwegian 19th century artist Theodor Kittelsen (1857–1914). Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kittelsen is known for his drawings of trolls. ...


Discography

Albums (Studio)

It has been suggested that Burzum / Aske be merged into this article or section. ... Det som engang var is the title of the third release from Burzum. ... Hvis lyset tar oss (If the Light Takes Us) is an album by the Norwegian black metal one-man band Burzum. ... Filosofem, the last Burzum album recorded before Varg Vikernes imprisonment, came out under Misanthropy Records in early 1996. ... Balders Dod Misanthropy 1997 Production: Direct transfer from digital sequencing keyboard allows sound to exist in abstract space of algorithmic tones and perfect silence. ... This page is about the Burzum album Hliðskjálf. ...

Singles/EPs

  • Aske [EP] - (1993)

Aske is the second release by Varg Vikernes Burzum project. ...

Demos/Promos

Demo I was a Rehearsal session by Burzum. ... Promo released in February 1992 by DSP on tape to promote the debut album. ...

Material on compilations

It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Burzum (album). ... 1992-1997 is a box-set consisting of the previous six Burzum albums, each as a specially designed Picture LP released by Hammerheart Records (now Karmageddon Media) under the license of Misanthropy Record, featuring new artwork by Stephen OMalley. ... Special Promotion Video Dunkelheit (7:16) Category: ... One of the last compilations of Misanthropy Records, where Burzums Et Hvitt Lys Over Skogen (unreleased song) was presented for the first time! Also, notice that text by Varg Vikernes was used by bootlegers in Svarte Dauen! Also Released by Heroine and Elfenblut Records. ... CD features soundtracks used in this film, including shorter version (about 6-5 minutes) of Burzums Rundgang Um Die Transzendentale Säule Der Singularität. Absu - The Gold Torques Of Ulaid Eyehategod - Serving Time In The Middle Of Nowhere Electric Hellfire Club - D.W.S.O.B Spazz - Gummo... This compilation album is a tribute to the glory and might of Varg Vikernes Burzum. ... Fenriz Presents. ... This Burzum collection presents a set of rarities by the Norwegian black metal act, including Lost Wisdom and My Journey to the Stars. ...

Bootlegs

It is important to note that the material on the vast majority of Burzum bootlegs is quite often either fake or taken from the official Burzum demos/releases.

  • Burzum & Gorgoroth - (1993)
  • Svarte Dauen - (1998)
  • Blast from the Ancient Past - (1999)
  • A Blaze from the Northern Sky ... No Less - (1999)
  • Et Hvitt Lys Over Skogen - (2000)
  • Ragnarok (A New Beginning) (three editions) - (2000)
  • ...Was Einst War - (2001)
  • Burzum - (2001)
  • Once Emperor - (2002)
  • Anthology - (2002)
  • Burzum/Svarte Dauen - (2003)
  • Dauði Baldrs/Burzum & Gorgoroth - (2003)
  • Hliđskjálf/Aske - (2003)
  • Filosofem/Demo - (2003)
  • Det Som Engang Var/Ragnarok I (A New Beginning) - (2003)
  • Hvis Lyset Tar Oss/Ragnarok II (A New Beginning) - (2003)
  • Unreleased Demos -92 - (2003)
  • Svarte Dauen & Aske - (2003)
  • Demo 91/92 & Svarte Dauen - (2004)
  • Valhalla Awaits - (2004)
  • Beneath the Ruins of Christianity - (2004) (Proven to be fake, as Vikernes has stated on http://www.burzum.org that Burzum never actually played live, only rehearsed before abandoning the idea. This bootleg seems to have been created by looping audience noise over low audio quality versions of official Burzum tracks.)
  • Erste Waffen (2004)
  • Winterliche Reinheit (2004)
  • Demo 1&2 - (2005)
  • Blast From The Ancient Past / Svarte Dauen - (2005)
  • Ragnarok - Box - (2005)
  • Draugen - (2005)
  • Feeble Screams - (2005)
  • Anthology - Lord Of Darkness - (2005)
  • Gamle Snyder - (2006)
  • Spell Of Destruction - Feeble Screams pt.II - (2006)
  • Stemmen Fra Tarnet - (2006)

Tribute albums

Visions-A Tribute to Burzum is a compilation album, released by Unholy Records, of covers of songs by the infamous black metal band Burzum. ... Unholy Records is a front for Cympophane, a Black Metal label which was purchased by the National Alliance, a prominent White Power organisation in America, mainly to gain the rights to distribute Burzum albums in the US. Unoholy was set up mainly to distribute the compilation album Visions-A Tribute... A man, a band, a symbol is a compilation album, released by Wotans Reich Productions, of covers of songs by the black metal band Burzum. ... Wotan Mit Uns! is a compilation album, released by Ancient Beliefs Productions, featuring covers of songs by the black metal band Burzum. ... The Tribute is a compilation album, released by Ash Nazg and Perverted Taste Productions, features covers of songs by the black metal band Burzum. ... The Tribute is a compilation album, released by Ash Nazg and Perverted Taste Productions, features covers of songs by the black metal band Burzum. ... Triumph Und Wille is a compilation album, released by 29A Records, in which bands from Russia, Bulgaria, Belarus, and China took part doing cover songs by the infamous black metal band Burzum. ... Lost Freedom is a compilation album of NSBM bands covering Burzum tracks. ...

Members

Current members

  • Count Grishnackh (Varg Vikernes) - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Synth, Drums (1991–present)

Varg Qisling Larssøn Vikernes IPA: , born Kristian Vikernes on February 11, 1973, outside of Bergen, Norway, is a black metal musician. ...

Former members

  • Samoth (Tomas Haugen) - Bass (1993)
  • Euronymous - Guitar solo on "War"
  • AiwarikiaR (Erik Lancelot) - Drums (never recorded, but was in the band for a short time, in an attempt by Varg to transform Burzum into a live band. After a few weeks of rehearsals, Vikernes regretted the idea and abandoned it before ever actually performing live. This occurred after the release of the Aske EP.)

Samoth (Tomas Thormodsæter Haugen) is a prominent musician in the Norwegian black metal scene. ... For the demon Euronymous, see Eurynomos. ...

External links

  • Official website

Related Artists

Involvements of Burzum

Old Funeral was a black/death metal band from Bergen, Norway. ... Darkthrone is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1986. ... Mayhem (often called The True Mayhem) is a black metal band, formed in 1984[1] in Oslo, Norway. ...

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The simple virus of Burzum communicates the dissatisfaction, misery, and anger of a generation that wants only to dream, as reality is a waste -- forget living outside the head, retreat within.
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Burzum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1219 words)
Burzum's early music shows a moderate Tolkien influence; for example, the name Count Grishnackh is taken from an orc character called Grishnákh in Tolkien's works.
Some of Burzum's early songs featured titles like "En Ring Til Å Herske" ("A Ring To Rule"); however, Vikernes later explained this to be a reference to the Rheingold of Norse mythology rather than to Tolkien's works, which themselves owe some debt to Norse mythology.
Much of Burzum's later work focuses on Norse legends, especially his most recent two ambient albums: Dauði Baldrs, which deals exclusively with the legend of the death of Baldr, and Hliðskjálf, which recounts the death of Wotan and the approach of Ragnarok.
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