Label:Misanthropy Records – AMAZON 009, Cymophane Productions – EYE 004, Cymophane Productions – EYE004N
CD, Album, Digipak
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Black Metal, Ambient


.i.Dunkelheit = Burzum7:05
.ii.Jesus' Tod = Jesu Død8:39
.iii.Erblicket Die Töchter Des Firmaments = Beholding The Daughters Of The Firmament7:53
.iv.Gebrechlichkeit .I. = Decrepitude .I.7:52
.v.Rundgang Um Die Transzendentale Säule Der Singularität = Rundtgåing Av Den Transcendentale Egenhetens Støtte25:11
.vi.Gebrechlichkeit .II. = Decrepitude .II.7:52

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  • Artwork [All Billedkunst Av]Theodor Kittelsen
  • Music By [Musikk Laget Av], Lyrics By [Tekster Laget Av], Performer [Fremført Av]Varg Vikernes


Comes in a 4-panel Digipak with black tray and with 12-page booklet. Some copies have a sticker on front cover saying "Norwegen Version", this indicates that the booklet is in Norwegian (however some copies don't have that sticker but booklet is still in Norwegian). Also the booklet has an extra catalog number on its last page: EYE004N. Other version exist with booklet in German.
DIGIPAK® Manufactured by Van de Steeg, Holland, under license from AGI, USA

[Catalog numbers presented on disc face]:
Amazon 009 / Eye 004

Tracks titles are presented in German on back cover and in English/Norwegian in the booklet.

Spilt inn i Breidablik lydstudio Mars .mcmxciii. a.y.p.s. [Recorded in Breidablik soundstudio March .mcmxciii. a.y.p.s.]
Musikk og tekster laget og fremført av Varg Vikernes. [Music and lyrics written and performed by Varg Vikernes.]
All billedkunst av Theodor Kittelsen. [All artwork by Theodor Kittelsen.]

Burzum (Musikk og tekst skrevet August 1991 a.y.p.s.)
Jesu død (Musikk og tekst skrevet Februar 1993 a.y.p.s.)
Beholding the daughters of the firmament (Musikk og tekst skrevet Januar 1993 a.y.p.s.)
Decrepitude (Musikk og tekst skrevet Desember 1992 a.y.p.s.)
Rundtgåing av den transcendentale egenhetens støtte (Musikk og tekst skrevet Mars 1993 a.y.p.s.)

All tracks published by Amazonian Music Publishing U.K.
The copyright of this recording is exclusively owned by Misanthropy Records.
℗ 1996 Amazonian Music
© 1996 Misanthropy

Total running time: 64:34

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 5 029029 009998
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5029029009998
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): [DADC Austria logotype] A0100181635-0101 15 A7
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L555
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 94K5
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): [DADC Austria logotype] A0100181635-0101 15 A08
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L555
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 94K8
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): [DADC Austria logotype] A0100181635-0101 15 A7
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI L555
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 94K1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): [DADC Austria logotype] A0100181635-0101 15 A1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI L555
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 94H3
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): [DADC Austria logotype] A0100181635-0101 24 A6
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI L554
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI 94Z1

Other Versions (5 of 74)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Filosofem (LP, Album, Test Pressing, LP, Single Sided, Etched, Test Pressing)Misanthropy Records, Cymophane ProductionsAMAZON 009, EYE 004UK1995
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Filosofem (LP, LP, Single Sided, Etched, All Media, Album, Limited Edition)Misanthropy Records, Cymophane ProductionsAMAZON 009, EYE 004UK1996
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Filosofem (CD, Album, Limited Edition, A5 Digibook)Misanthropy Records, Cymophane ProductionsAmazon 009, Eye 004UK1996
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Filosofem (CD, Album, Digipak)Misanthropy Records, Cymophane Productions, Feral House AudioAMAZON 009, EYE 004, FH 66602US1996
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Filosofem (Cassette, Album)Morbid Noizz Productions112Poland1996


  • ksmiergala's avatar
    Edited 3 years ago
    The best philosophical album ever made on this planet and Varg's most powerful work! Period.
    • juvat270's avatar
      Say what you want about Varg Vikernes, yes he's a convicted murderer and an overt racist, but damned if he didn't record the single greatest black metal album of all time. If you're a fan of black metal in any way, shape or form, Filosofem is mandatory. Not owning this record is like being a fan of Slayer and not having Reign In Blood in your collection.
      • TheNyarlathotep's avatar
        Edited 4 years ago
        Legendary. My favorite Burzum album is Umskiptar, but this is one of the two best. An album to listen to while meditating. 90/100.
        • enfantterrible's avatar
          Edited 6 years ago
          Despite the fact most people venerates "Det som engang var" as Burzum´s best, it is in reality with "Filosofem" when he achieved his most powerful work, or at least his most memorable in terms of elaboration. Filosofem is very centered and balanced, equals force with harmony and rivals the creativity that gave Burzum its legendary status. Its a middle point between "Det som engan var" era with the posterior refinement of his more experimental works such as "Dauði Baldrs" and "Hliðskjálf".

          The context of the making of this album also takes the work into a completely different dimension and enriched it with the aura of anger and resentment so present and certain while been created, drama fills this album with a fire so strong that one cannot but accept its own purity. This aspect is especially noticeable in the overly epic track "Jesus Tod", a distillation from the epicness and virulence of "Det som engang var" in just one track, potent riff, obsessive rhythm, simple, yet so utterly powerful and memorable. All this explosiveness is balanced by the mid paced, melancholic ladden opener "Dunkelheit" that also takes partial inspiration from "Det son engang var" in form.

          After this opens the next album's chapter, one that as i recall in 1996 was certainly not understood at all by a majority of fervent Black metal maniacs. It was too strange and dissimilar from anything not only Burzum ever did before, but anything anyone elses ever did, with perhaps the exception of excentric Beherit in the Black metal camp and Mortiis outside of it.
          Nevertheless, this album was dismissed and to certain degree still is by the lovers of "kvlt" black metal, they never understood "Filosofem" as a rapture and a progression, they didnt get the elegance of adding synths, playing with atmosphere or simply keep the blast beat out of the equation, it was too much for their fossilized minds. So after the initial two songs it was uncharted territory.

          The meditative and often profound synth lines in the second part of the album is too much for a simpleton, this simply trascends any definition, black metal, or else, its a music that is more contemplative than exorcising, a dark and subtle beauty certainly for an elite. The interplay of a layer synths with the riff creates a cascade type sound, a deep trance like atmosphere that is ever absorbent.

          In here we also observe a clear constrast, the one between the pure strength and violence from the beginning of the album and the melancholic character of the more atmospheric rest of the album, repetitive yet mesmerizing, simple to the point anything else added would have been superflous. Deep and intriguing.
          This is truly one of the most incendiary albums ever made in the history of music and without a doubt Burzum´s masterpiece.
          • dalakouras's avatar
            Love it or hate it, this is the most legendary and controversial album of extreme music ever. 20 years after its release, i still listen to it on a regular basis (never bored by it, how could one get bored with this, really?). These frozen archaic melodies are truly a mirror of psyche, listening to it is like listening to your innermost Self, a centripetal vortexing towards the Center.
            • elcssyz's avatar
              Everyones' own music taste. Right?

              I've the CD version with norwegian tracktitles and norwegian credits on the back. On the back is no barcode. I guess it's unofficial. Is this version already in discogs? Can someone give a link?
              • dalakouras's avatar
                Edited 8 years ago
                The unsurpassed millestone of hard music. If this album won't kill you, it will definetely make you stronger.
                • bcordone's avatar
                  Everyone has different tastes but that negative review is so off. I think Filosofem is absolutely their best work to date.



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