Burzum

Burzum

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Varg Vikernes was born as Kristian Larsson Vikernes. For a short while, he used the alias 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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Burzum Discography

Albums

ANTI-MOSH 002 Burzum Burzum (Album) Deathlike Silence Productions ANTI-MOSH 002 Norway 1992 Sell This Version
Anti Lavey 001 Burzum Inn I Drømmens Slott(Cass, MiniAlbum) Burznazg Productions (2) Anti Lavey 001 Norway 1992 Sell This Version
none Burzum Reh/Demo 91 (Demo II)(Cass) Not On Label none Norway 1992 Sell This Version
none Burzum På Svarte Troner(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label (Burzum Self-released) none Norway 1992 Sell This Version
anti-mosh 005 Burzum Aske (MiniAlbum) Deathlike Silence Productions anti-mosh 005 Norway 1993 Sell This Version
EYE 001 Burzum Det Som Engang Var (Album) Cymophane Productions EYE 001 Norway 1993 Sell This Version
AMAZON 001 Burzum Hvis Lyset Tar Oss (Album) Misanthropy Records, Cymophane Productions AMAZON 001 UK 1993 Sell This Version
AMAZON 009 Burzum Filosofem (Album) Misanthropy Records, Cymophane Productions, Cymophane Productions AMAZON 009 UK 1996 Sell This Version
AMAZON 013, EYE 005 Burzum Dauði Baldrs (Album) Misanthropy Records, Cymophane Productions AMAZON 013, EYE 005 UK 1997 Sell This Version
ROC 018-03, none Burzum Hliðskjálf (Album) Misanthropy Records, Cymophane Productions ROC 018-03, none Romania 1999 Sell This Version
SM112DCD Burzum Belus (Album) Byelobog Productions SM112DCD Brazil 2010 Sell This Version
BOBV293LP/H Burzum Fallen (Album) Byelobog Productions BOBV293LP/H Europe 2011 Sell This Version
BYE009CD Burzum From The Depths Of Darkness (Album) Byelobog Productions BYE009CD Norway 2011 Sell This Version
BOBV342LPSE Burzum Umskiptar (Album) Byelobog Productions BOBV342LPSE UK 2012 Sell This Version
BYE011CD Burzum Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan (Album) Byelobog Productions BYE011CD Norway 2013 Sell This Version
BYE012CDS Burzum The Ways Of Yore (Album) Byelobog Productions, Byelobog Productions BYE012CDS Europe 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Burzum Thulean Mysteries(File, MP3, Single, 320) Byelobog Productions none Europe 2015
none Burzum Forgotten Realms(File, MP3, Single, 320) Byelobog Productions none Europe 2015
none Burzum Mythic Dawn(File, MP3, Single, 320) Byelobog Productions none Europe 2015

Compilations

058 Burzum Burzum / Aske (Comp) Misanthropy Records, Cymophane Productions 058 Poland 1995 Sell This Version
HHR 040 Burzum 1992-1997(Box, Comp, Ltd + LP, Album, Pic + LP, MiniAlbum, P) Hammerheart Records HHR 040 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
Varg02 Burzum Anthology (Comp) Allgermanic Heathen Front, Cymophane Records Varg02 Sweden 2002 Sell This Version
BOB037CD Burzum Draugen - Rarities (Comp) Back On Black BOB037CD UK 2005 Sell This Version
BOB086CD Burzum Anthology (Comp) Back On Black BOB086CD UK 2008 Sell This Version

Videos

AMAZON 009 V Burzum Dunkelheit(VHS, PAL) Misanthropy Records AMAZON 009 V UK 1996 Sell This Version

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glo666

glo666

April 26, 2016
This was also released on Misanthopy Records in 1995 as a double LP including the Aske EP.
Numbered as Amazon003 and EYE 002
NJHate56

NJHate56

October 30, 2015
If anybody has or knows where I can find one of the black Filosofem hoodies with the album cover on the front and BURZUM on the arms, please contact me!
hinterkaifeck97

hinterkaifeck97

May 18, 2015
An incredible musician who opened me up to the wonderful world of metal. It's hard to pick a favourite, but I'd suggest either "Ways of Yore", or "Filosofem" as my clear choice.

As the great lord Metal Head once said: "Once you go black, You'll never go back"

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