Band Photo: Burzum (?)
From: Bergen, Norway
Last Known Status: Active
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Below is our complete Burzum news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
I personally find the idea of putting people on a pedestal to be incredibly naive and childish. At some point, whoever you idolize as being perfect will turn out to have some sort of horrible character flaws that you'll never be able to forgive. People are human, and with that comes not being perfect. Hence why I'm able to say that I don't mind somebody's offstage behavior as much as I do the actual music. In the same way, I don't care about lyrical themes that embrace politics that I disagree with. More...
Frostwork has issued the following announcement about streaming a Burzum cover track online, which will be appearing on an upcoming tribute album:
"Ave Brothers and Sisters! Frostwork's cover of 'Dunkelheit' which will be appearing on 'Forsvunnet Filosofem: A Tribute to Burzum' is now uploaded on Reverbnation and Official Facebook page.
"Please follow this link to listen and to share and support the Uk underground! Please keep posted for more Frostwork related news very soon!"
You can also check out the artwork for the band's new album "Lore Of Winter - Ealdspell" at this location.
The new album from Varg Vikernes' Burzum, titled "Umskiptar," will see North American release on May 22nd. Finding inspiration from the verses of famous Scandinavia poem “Voluspa,” "Umskiptar" is a return-to-roots album. Says the controversial musician: “The vocals are more important than on any previous album with a total of 66 stanzas making up the album’s lyrics.”
The following press release was also issued by Candlelight Records:
"Umskiptar expands Burzum’s ongoing influence of Nordic folk, but for this album adds more traditional heavy metal, signature Burzum composition, and a keener emphasis on vocal delivery – once again presented in Vikernes’ native tongue. Umskiptar (or Metamorphoses) follows the historical story that details the creation of the world and its end as dictated to Odin, a recurring character in Bruzum’s lyrics. Umskiptar follows 2011’s Fallen."
The "Umskiptar" track listing is as follows: More...
Burzum, the one man black metal band spearheaded by infamous musician Varg Vikernes, has announced that a new studio album, entitled "Umskiptar" (Metamorphoses,) will be released this May through Byelobog Productions. The album was recorded in Grieghallen Studio in Bergen in September 2011. All the lyrics on the album are taken from a Norse poem named, "Völuspá." The English translation of the lyrics can be found in Vikernes' latest book, "Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia." You can check out the tracklisting and artwork for the album below:
Blóðstokkinn (Soaked in Blood) (1:16)
Jóln (Deities) (5:51)
Alfadanz (Elven Dance) (9:22)
Hit helga Tré (The Sacred Tree) (6:51)
Æra (Honour) (3:58)
Heiðr (Esteem) (3:02)
Valgaldr (Song Of The Fallen) (8:03)
Galgviðr (Gallow Forest) (7:16)
Surtr Sunnan (Black from the South) (4:14)
Gullaldr (Golden Age) (10:20)
Níðhöggr (Attack From Below) (5:00) More...
Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...
Back in 2005, Alcest released a two song EP called “Le Secret,” a gem that eventually would cause a stir in the hornet nest that is the black metal community. If you didn't gather by the title, Alcest is a French band, and one masterminded by front-man Neige. With a strong pedigree in the French black metal scene, Neige was a musician who not only came forward in the 00s with multiple acts in Alcest and Amesoeurs, but also made contributions to essential French albums from the likes of Mortifera and Peste Noire. While Norway and the adjacent Scandinavian realms are often thought of as the wintery fortress of black metal, the French have long held their own with a melancholic and melodic take on the genre including the infamous Les Légions Noires whom you can read about in a previous Metal Underground Sunday Old School article.
So, what was so special about Neige’s little two song EP? Well for one it wasn’t little at all. It was nearly 30 minutes long and an infusion of 90s shoegaze, post-rock, and perfectly distilled black metal. More...
Varg Vikernes, the infamous musician behind the notorious one man black metal band Burzum, has announced that he will be releasing a new book entitled, "Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia," which will be released on December 5th.
According to a press release, his fifteen year research on the subject "has culminated in a book in which the outspoken and often divisive author challenges many of the widely held views of contemporary culture and its history. The passionate and in-depth text provides an absorbing insight into the thoughts of this most notorious of musicians. Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia makes fascinating reading and will be of interest not only to black metal and Burzum fans, but also to those with an interest in Norse mythology or European history and social commentators."
"Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia" will also available in a special edition hardback – limited to 2000 copies. Bound in high quality arlin material adorned with silver print, and presented in a debossed, matching slipcase.
Varg also recently raised yet another controversy by releasing a public statement about the terrorist attack in Norway in July.
Varg Vikernes of Burzum has posted a blog entry online detailing his thoughts on the recent terrorist attack in Norway, in which a government building was bombed and at least 76 people were killed at a youth camp. Anders Behring Breivik is the primary suspect in the attack, and he is currently in custody. News reports have cited Breivik's anti-Islamic and anti-immigration stances as possible motives in the attacks.
Vikernes had the following to say:
"Many argue that Mr. Breivik was in fact executing orders from Mossad, to punish the Palestine-loving Marxist-governed Norway, but first and foremost to create a false banner for misinformed right-wing extremists to unite under, and that what he was doing was a "false flag" operation.
"His manifest is vast, some 1500 pages, and he is pretty thorough in both what he says and what he did. There are a few facts that doesn't make sense to me. How can he list all the problems caused by different Jews in our history and yet fail to mention even one of them with a single word in his manifest? He attacks the symptoms of the disease Europe is suffering under, but not the cause of the disease.
"He is a Freemason too, and that certainly doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Freemasonry is international Jewry at it's worst; they too are working for a de-construction of all nations on Earth, and to build a global Hebrew temple, enslaving us all under the will of the Jews and their servants, the Freemasons. Well, this explains why he doesn't say a word about the creators of all the different religions and ideologies now set up to fight against each other.
"He is a Christian too. Now, in a sense that does make sense, but why does it make sense? The Jews created Christianity as a religion for non-Jews to follow, so that they too would become worshippers of their Hebrew false 'God,' so that the unruly Pagan Europeans would become servants and a powerful tool for the Jews. Whether the Jews created Islam too, or whether they just saw an opportunity coming when it was created is not known, but we do know that the Jews have always promoted conflict between these two religions and indeed they still do. When the Christians grow too strong the Jews support the Muslims to weaken the Christians. When the Muslims grow too strong the Jews support the Christians to weaken the Muslims. They often support both sides too, if both sides are too strong, and they often do in secret. Christians then kill Muslims, and vice versa, whilst the Jews laugh safely in the background, profiting from it all. More...
Infamous metal act Burzum is set to release the new album "Fallen" on April 5th in North America. Burzum is now streaming a new song from the album, titled "Vanvidd," via Stereogum at this location. You can also check out Metalunderground.com's recent "Sunday Old School" column on Burzum here.
The "Fallen" track listing is as follows:
1. Fra Verdenstreet
2. Jeg Faller
5. Enhver til Sitt
7. Til Hel Og Tilbake Igjen
Audio samples have made their way online from the forthcoming full length album from black metal icon Burzum. The new album, titled "Fallen," is set for release on March 7, 2011 through Byelobog Productions. You can check out the short audio samples below:
Given the news earlier this week that Burzum would be releasing a new studio album in March, it seemed as good a time as any to take a look back at the band, and it's sole member, Varg Vikernes, who has in the past been called, "The most evil man alive" by the media. Whether or not Vikernes is the Darth Vader of metal music is open to interpretation, but the fact that many people have claimed to enjoy the music of Burzum, while proclaiming to hate the man himself, is proof that Burzum really is one of the best bands from the Norwegian black metal scene.
Vikernes formed Burzum in 1991, shortly after leaving the death metal band, Old Funeral, of which he was the guitarist. Two demo tapes were quickly recorded and caught the attention of Øystein Aarseth, the founder of the Deathlike Silence Productions label and also the guitarist of Mayhem, in which he used to the stage name, Euronymous. Aarseth decided to sign Burzum to his label and work on the self-titled Burzum album began shortly afterwards, with Euronymous guesting on the track, "War," performing a guitar solo. The album saw a release in 1992, making Burzum only the second band to have a record released by the label. After the release of the album, Vikernes became interested in recruiting musicians so that Burzum could perform live, going so far as to bring in Emperor bassist Samoth. Samoth would not stay in the band long however and only recorded on the "Aske" EP, after which Vikernes had no interest in transforming Burzum into a live band.
Now on his own again, Vikernes recorded a wealth of material from 1992 to 1993, the first of which to be released was the album, "Det son engang var," in 1993. Around this time, Vikernes was also recruited to perform bass duties in Mayhem, though he still composed and recorded music for Burzum. Unbeknownst to anyone however, "Det son engang var" would prove to be the last album Vikernes would release as a free man, as he was arrested later that year for killing Øystein Aarseth, his Mayhem bandmate. The reasons for the muder remain debated but Vikernes claims that he went solely to hand over an unsigned record contract, and retaliated after Aarseth attacked him first, climaxing in a fatal stab would to the head. He was convicted in May 1994 (the same month his album, "Hvis lyset tar oss" was released) and sentenced to twenty one years imprisonment, which is the maximum length of a prison sentence in Norway. In addition to the killing of Aarseth, Vikernes was charged with burning several Norwegian churches, something he claims he was wrongly convicted of. More...
According to Plastic Head, the distributor of Burzum material, the notorious one man black metal band featuring Varg Vikernes will be releasing a new album on March 7th. You can view the front cover artwork below. The album will be entitled "Fallen" and has been likened to the previous Burzum record, "Det Som Engan Var."
Speaking on the album, Vikernes stated: "Musically Fallen is like a cross between Belus and something new, inspired more by the debut album and Det Som Engan Var than by Hvis Lyset Tar Oss or Filosofem. The sound is more dynamic – we mastered the album as if it was classical music – and I was more experimental than I was on Belus in all respects. Lyric wise it is similar to the debut album, in the way that it is more personal and focuses on existential issues, but the mythological undertone known from Belus is still there. I have also included some ambient tracks – a short introduction and a longer conclusion."
The tracklisting is as follows: More...
According the the official blog of Burzum's Current label, "Byelobog Productions announced that proceeds of the forthcoming Burzum album “Belus” will benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti."
According to Vikernes, “Black metal is not a label I use for my music any longer,” said Vikernes. “It was the dark, the Dionysiac, and that is a force no man can control. Instead, I pursue the pure and honorable, which includes racial purity for Norwegians, and helping those who suffer misfortunes in life.” Vikernes added that the album will be released March 8 worldwide, including in quake-stricken Haiti.
The exact percentage of money from album sales is unknown at this point in time.
Read the full article at Burzum “Belus” proceeds to Haiti earthquake victims.
Burzum, the infamous one man black metal band formed by Varg Vikernes, has posted short samples of his new album, "Belus" online. You can catch a preview of each song by heading to Amazon.com.
Speaking on the album, Vikernes stated: "Inspiration for the album has come from a variety of sources, and I find my inspiration from fairy tales and myths, from classical music from memories of what once was, from traditional music, from fantasy, from the wind and weather, from deep forests and running water, from the sky and the sunset, from misty mountains and from yellow leaves falling from age old trees.
"My ambition with Belus is to create something I - and hopefully others too - can listen to for years and years to come without ever growing tired of it, and at the same time to share with my audience the experience of getting to know Belus, as he might have been perceived by the ancient Europeans.
"The combination of lyrics and music makes this a fairy tale different from most others, and should appeal to all those who like transcendental music and love to see different things from a different perspective.
"If I can make you dream when listening to this album, I believe I have done a good job."
Exclaim reports that Twilight’s Jackson Rathbone has pulled out of the controversial "Lords of Chaos" film adaptation of the book due to scheduling conflicts. Here's an excerpt:
"The worldwide black metal community, long divided by such burning issues as which bands are 'true' and what bands are 'cult,' can now finally unite: Twilight heartthrob Jackson Rathbone will not play infamous black metal trailblazer/recently released prisoner/Burzum kingpin Varg Vikernes in an upcoming movie adaptation of the Lords of Chaos book. Seriously, all the black metallers around the world must be smiling all at once.
"The book — which looks at the ‘90s Norwegian black metal scene, with its church burnings, murders, and prison sentences galore — was released in 1998 and has become a point of contention within black metal, with some claiming it’s exploitative and inaccurate and others claiming it’s a definitive tome."
Read the full article at Exclaim.ca.
Varg Vikernes, the man behind the one man black metal outfit Burzum, has posted a new message online to warn his fans of the amount of fake websites and social networking accounts that bear his name. An excerpt from the message reads as follows:
"Some emails from honest individuals and a few Google searches made me realize that there are many impersonators out there claiming to be me or claiming to run official Burzum websites of some sort. Let me therefore briefly tell you that I have no website of any kind other than www.burzum.org, administrated by the honourable BattleGrim. Not on MySpace or anywhere else.
"To avoid any confusion in the future I can add that if I ever get my own "space" on MySpace or anything like that I will announce it on www.burzum.org. If I don't you will know that I am not there. Not in any shape or form. Not even under a pseudonym or any other disguise.
"I can also add, as a reminder, that www.burzum.org came about because BattleGrim and I wanted to create a site with reliable information about Burzum, to counter all the lies of the music press and other media institutions - including the impersonator's paradise (the internet).
Read the full article at Burzum.org.
Varg Vikernes, the man behind the legendary one man black metal band Burzum, has announced that he will be answering questions that are submitted to him by fans. A message from his website's webmaster reads as follows:
"From now on an interview with Varg Vikernes is being prepared, which will be coincided with the release of the upcoming Belus album in March 2010. Within a month I expect various questions from you which you can send to firstname.lastname@example.org (with a subject: Question For Varg Vikernes). But only most exciting, unique and surprising questions will be forwarded to Varg Vikernes. Think your questions over carefully, you have enough time for this. Please don't forget to add your details, such as real name/surname (if possible), edition (if you are a representing journalist), country and location.
"A lot of messages are expected, thus I may not have a possibility to reply and comment each message from you. But don't worry: if your message hasn't returned, then it's read and aggregated. The results of the interview will be published on the site."
Varg Vikernes, the man behind the one man black metal band Burzum, has posted a new message online in which he discusses the logo he uses for the band. The message reads as follows:
"Too many of you write me about "the Burzum logo".
"In 1991 having a "cool" logo was one of the most important things to the metal bands in Norway. Immortal got one, Mayhem already had one, Darkthrone had one, and so forth. They were full of inverted crosses and other "satanic" and "cool" symbols, and some of them were even rather hard to read - or rather "interpret". Initially, when I left Old Funeral and rekindled my own project, and changed name from Uruk-Hai to Burzum, I wanted a logo myself, and a female friend volunteered to draw me one. She did and everything was fine, until I realised that I am following a trend. Why would I do that, when everything I did was supposed to be a revolt against trends? So instead I decided to have no logo, and just use a nice font instead.
"In late 1991 I had no easy access to fonts of any type other than the ones found on my typewriter. This was before the time of mainstream Internet. I had to purchase some type of sticker-fonts, and I could only afford a few sets, and then use them to "build" words, letter by letter. For some reason, either because I ran out of the right stickers-letters, or because I did it on purpose - I really cannot remember which it is - I wrote the Burzum name with capital letters and I used the only non-ordinary font they had in the book store; Gothic.
"When I released the début album I instructed the record company, DSP, to use this font for not only the band title, but also for all other text on the album. The Burzum name was in other words not really a logo, but just the band name written in Gothic letters together with other Gothic text. After a while I stopped thinking about logos, and for some reason I didn't change the type of font used on the albums. Thus many started to think of the Burzum name in Gothic font as "the Burzum logo". It never was. The name was the point; the font was and still is irrelevant."
Read the full article at Burzum.org.
Varg Vikernes, the notorious leader of the one man black metal band Burzum, has posted a message on his website in which he questions the forthcoming movie based on the book, "Lords Of Chaos," which is about the early Norwegian black metal scene. His message reads as follows:
"The first question that came into my mind when I heard about the plans for a Lords of Chaos movie was 'why'? Why on earth would anyone want to make a film based on that worthless book? How is it even possible when the book is made up of nothing but a number of inaccurate interviews, supplemented by unfounded claims and meaningless and utterly ignorant theories by the writers? When I saw that I was a character in the movie I was even more puzzled, and my next question was naturally; "can they even do that?" They never asked for my permission to use my name or my story.
"Now, they are apparently basing the story of this movie not on my story, but on the Lords of Chaos story. Unfortunately the Lords of Chaos story is not only nonsense; incoherent and utterly contradictive, but it is also very lacking in information regarding the lives and traits of the individuals to be included as characters in the movie. One could easily think that this would make it impossible for anybody to make a movie based on this book, but of course if you simply fill in the holes yourself...
"As I write this I am smiling, because this is funny. In a bizarre and weird kind of way it really is. They base it on a fictional story that is based on real events and poorly written by two ignorant amateurs, then write a script without ever talking to anyone who might know something about the story the two ignorant amateurs base their story on, and then have a few more Hollywood individuals re-write the script a few times, to make it fit into the Hollywood-mold, of course. What are we left with? Well; another Hollywood movie "based on real events", of course. (You don't actually think the other Hollywood movies "based on real events" are any better, do you!?)
"I honestly couldn't care less about what this movie might do to the contemporary Black Metal scene, or what it might do to any other metal scene for that sake, so I am not even going to discuss that. Being an egocentric and egotistical bastard I naturally only care about what this movie might do to me, and you know what? It cannot hurt me, no matter what. It can only increase my market value, so to speak, making it easier for me to sell more albums, publish and sell more books, and so forth, so... It'll give me even more freedom to do what I want. If I want to I can always tell the true story myself, later on, and even more individuals will be interested in the true story if these guys make the movie. I don't know if they have considered this, or if they care at all, but this is a fact."
Read the full article at Burzum.org.
Gibson got an exclusive preview of the new black metal documentary "Until The Light Takes Us." Here's an excerpt of their reactions:
"...the new documentary Until The Light Takes Us tackles church burnings, the occult and, even, murder to craft a captivating film that’s essential for both black metal aficionados as well as viewers who are curious about the scene and would like a well-constructed overview of Norway’s cultural and musical makeup.
"However instead of just focusing on the scandalous details, Until The Light Takes Us hones in on the Norwegian black metal subculture itself and centers around members of Mayhem, Burzum and Darkthrone—and features detailed interviews with members from each of these acts, so you’re able to hear about the history of the scene from the artists who helped pioneer it themselves. Additionally the film addresses why this scene found traction in Norway and captures the darkness and isolation of the country via striking cinematography and visuals."
"...Although the media has chosen to focus on the more sensational and controversial aspects of the movement, Until The Light Takes Us manages to humanize these musicians and put into context exactly what catalyzed the brutal metal riffs and equally brutal actions that transpired during the nineties."
Read the full article at Gibson.com.