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Formed: 1987
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.

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Sunday Old School: Burzum

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...

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Burzum To Release New Album In March

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...

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Sales of New Burzum Album to Aid Haiti Victims

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.

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Burzum Posts New Album Samples Online

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."

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Rathbone Pulls Out of "Lords of Chaos" Film

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.

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Varg Vikernes Discusses Fake Websites

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.

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Varg Vikernes To Answer Fans Questions

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 battlegrim@yandex.ru (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."

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Varg Vikernes Discusses The Burzum Logo

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.

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Varg Vikernes Criticises "Lords Of Chaos" Movie

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.

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Gibson Gets Preview Of "Until The Light Takes Us"

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.

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Burzum Reveals "Belus" Tracklisting, Release Date

In a recent post on his official website, Varg Vikernes, the mastermind behind the one man black metal band Burzum, revealed that the new album from Burzum, entitled "Belus" will be released on March 8th through Byelobog Productions. He also revealed the album cover, which you can check out below. The album is named after the ancient European god of light and innocence and deals with the legends of the deity.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Lukans Renkespill (Lukan's Scheme)
2. Belus' Død (Belus' Death)
3. Glemselens Elv (The River Of Forgetfulness)
4. Kaimadalthas' Nedstigning (Kaimadalthas' Descent)
5. Besøk Til Kelio (Visit to Kelio)
6. Alvenes Dans (Elven Dance)
7. Alvegavene (The Elven Gifts)
8. Sverddans (Sword Dance)
9. Keliohesten (The Kelio Horse)
10. Morgenrøde (Dawn's Red)
11. Belus' Tilbakekomst (Belus' Return) More...

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Burzum Changes New Album Title

In a recent update, Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes announced that he will be changing the name of his forthcoming new album from "The White God" to "Belus." You can read his message below:

"When I used the name 'The White God' for my next album I had no idea it would stir up so much fear and irrational emotions. To me this is just a nickname of Baldur, whom the album is all about. No ambiguity intended. The truth is I announced the release of The White God at this early point to ease the pressure on the www.burzum.org host. He was getting tired of having to tell individuals contacting him that he didn't know when the next album would be due, what its name was going to be or anything else. With the article this problem was solved.

"With a title including the word 'white' it apparently isn't possible to slip under the radar of the racist Western media. To take away their excuse to spread their anti-Varg/anti-Burzum hate-propaganda when (and before) the album is released I have decided to change the album title. These self-loathing fools have no interest in the music anyway, and because of that I don't want their attention - and I won't get it if I use a title that doesn't give them an excuse to attack me. More...

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Burzum Speaks More On Forthcoming New Album

In a recent message on his official website, Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes has spoken with regards to the recent accusations of racism and homophobia he has received after his last update, as well as Burzum's forthcoming new album, "The White God." His latest message reads as follows:

"When I speak through www.burzum.org I always imagine that I speak only to Burzum fans. If not a Burzum fan, why would you visit this site? Judging from the response to the A Burzum Story: Part X - The White God, this is not the case. Or maybe it is, in which case I have a whole lot of fans in the media.

"When these apparent Burzum fans in the media report the news that Burzum will release another album, the reaction is kind of weird. Most of them have been honourable enough to both print the whole article, or at least most of it, and tell their readers where they got the news from. This is correct and lawful journalism, when dealing with copyrighted material. Hurray to you for that. More...

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Burzum Comments On New Album, "The White God"

Varg Vikernes of Burzum, who was recently released from prison in Norway, has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album titled "The White God:"

"As You might already know, my dear ladies and gentlemen, and others individuals too, I am no friend of the modern so-called Black Metal culture. It is a tasteless, low-brow parody of Norwegian so-called Black Metal anno 1991-1992, and if it was up to me it would meet its dishonourable end as soon as possible. However, rather than abandon my own music, only because others have soiled its name by claiming to have something in common with it, I will stick to it. The ‘black metallers’ will probably continue to ‘get loaded’, ‘get high’, and in all other manners too behave like the stereotypical Negro; they will probably continue to get foreign tribal tattoos, dress, walk, talk, look and act like homosexuals, and so forth. Some of the ‘black metallers’, their fans and accomplices will probably even continue to pretend - and actually believe - they have something in common with Burzum, but let me assure You; they don't! I play what can be described as some sort of metal music, all right, and they do too, but the similarities ends there. Freud wrote books. Tolkien wrote books. The similarities ends there.

"Why more of Burzum? Well, I am what I am; a musician. Musicians produce music, when they can, and now I can; I am no longer imprisoned by the criminal anti-Norwegian regime in Norway. Will my music be any good? My guess is that if You like Burzum You like Burzum. If You don't You don't. I do try to change all the time, but most of the time I fail, and many appreciate that. Others don't. More...

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Amoral Comments On Fan Questions About Shirt

Finland's Amoral has issued the following statement about fans questioning vocalist Ari Koivunen's Burzum shirt at a German show:

"After yesterday's sold out show in Hannover, Germany, we had a lot of people come over and compliment us on a great gig, but also asking about Ari's stage shirt. Ari was wearing a Burzum t-shirt (a band he's not even into, he bought it as a 'kvlt' joke while in Norway), which, we learned yesterday, is regarded as a very 'pro-nazi' band in Germany. We want to make it clear that neither Ari, nor anyone else in Amoral, have ANY sympathy for these kind of ideologies, and want nothing to do with them. We apologize for any misunderstandings."

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"Until The Light Takes Us" Houston Screening Info

Screening information for the documentary film "UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US" in Houston is as follows:

"UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US" Film Synopsis: In 1991, Norwegian churches started to burn down, just after an underground circle of metal musicians had formed. While reporters and police scrambled for answers, more and more churches went up in flames. They had no leads until Varg Vikernes, one of the architects of an underground music-art-political scene known as BLACK METAL took credit and was quickly arrested. While in police custody, the media ran with a largely fabricated story of satanic rituals, abductions and sacrifices. Soon, other young men took those media cues, creating an escalating cycle of fiction-fueled reality. This film reveals the true story behind the music, murders and church burnings, and shows what happened when these young men, who tried to change the world using music, art and violence, found that they could not control what they created.

Friday, August 7, 2009
Domy Books & Gallery
1709 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77098
7-9PM | $9

You can find out more about this documentary and see a trailer on the film's website at blackmetalmovie.com.

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Varg Vikernes Gives Update On New Burzum Record

Varg Vikernes, the man behind one man band Burzum and perhaps the most notorious man in black metal history, has revealed that he has completed nine new songs for the next Burzum album. "I want to take my time, and make it the way I want it" he states. "It will be metal, and the fans can expect genuine Burzum." Several record labels are already interested in releasing the new album with an expected release of the first quarter of next year.

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Twilight Actor To Play Varg Vikernes In Movie

Jackson Rathbone, who is perhaps best known for appearing in the movie Twilight, has apparantly signed on to portray Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes in the upcoming movie, "Lords Of Chaos." The movie is about the Norwegian black metal scene and the church burnings and other crimes connected to it. Varg Vikernes has previously spoken out against the movie. Vikernes confirmed on May 22nd that he is now back in free society after serving sixteen years in prison for murder and arson.

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Varg Vikernes To Be Released From Prison

After his four applications for parole were denied, Varg Vikernes (Count Grishnackh) formerly of Burzum was finally told he will be released from prison after 16 years incarcerated.

Vikerenes was serving a 23-year sentence for the murder of Oystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous), guitarist of Mayhem and owner of Deathlike Silence Productions record label that Burzum was signed to. Varg was also convicted for setting fire to three churches.

Varg says that he is "...ready for society..." and has been for many years. He told Dagbladet newspaper, "I have learned from my mistakes and become older. Now I just want to be together with my family...I have barely seen my [18-month old] son since he came into the world. Even though I hear his voice on the phone almost every day, it is very tough to not be present while he is growing up." Varg regularly left the prison for the past couple of years to visit his mother, wife, 16-year-old daughter and young son in Tromso, Norway, the town where the prison is located.

While some, like the Justice Ministry, fear that he will not be able to adjust to life on the outside, Vikerenes said, "I look forward [to] the day that I could work on my farm, create music, write books and be with my family around the clock---and live a normal life." When asked by VG newspaper about if a "normal life" involves communication with Neo-Nazi groups he formerly endorsed, Vikernes said he "...[hasn't] been in contact with them for a long time."

Varg may have been paroled earlier, but was denied the second time he applied because the Justice Ministry claimed he escaped prison in 2003.

Varg will join his family in Bo, Norway, where he recently purchased a farm. Once he has been released, he is required to check in with the authorities every two weeks, and then after some time, every month.

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Varg Vikernes Denied Parole For The Second Time

Count Grishnackh (real name Varg Vikernes) - the erstwhile Burzum musician who is currently serving a 21-year jail sentence for murdering Mayhem guitarist Oystein "Euronymous" Aarseth and setting fire to three churches in 1993 - has been denied parole by the Norwegian justice system for the second time.

Officials say that his escape from jail five years ago and ties with neo-Nazi groups have affected his chances of an early release.

"I haven't been in contact with them for a long time," Vikernes tells Norway's Aftenposten. "Police security services know this."

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