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Formed: 1987
From: Bergen, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

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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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Film On Norwegian Black Metallers Due Next Year

A film company in San Diego, ZU33 is currently developing 'Lords of Chaos', a fictional movie based on the real life events that surrounded the Norwegian black metal music scene and the Church burnings associated with it.

Set in the in the early 1990s, the film goes into pre-production in November and should be filmed in Februrary 2006.

The film will be based on the book 'Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground.' The book looks at the events that characterised the black metal scene including the murder of Mayhem's Euronymous (Aasarth Oystein) and his murderer mastermind Varg Vikernes (Count Grishnackh).

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Australian Church Arsonist Blames Black Metal Hero

Australia's TheAge.com.au is reporting that a devoted follower of a Scandinavian band notorious for its heavy metal anti-Christian music burnt down a majestic Moonee Ponds church in a multimillion-dollar arson attack.

Novak Majstorovic (photo) had drunken visions of the 107-year-old Ascot Vale Uniting Church being responsible for society's problems with law, ethics and morality.

Majstorovic, 19, admitted his passion for the band BURZUM, whose lead singer was allegedly involved in burning down numerous Norwegian churches in the 1990s, helped create a heavy metal ideological imagery based on good and evil.

"It can be explained through any real meanings, you know, but using God and Satan is just like a... it's an image," he told police after his arrest.

Victorian arson squad detectives treated Majstorovic as a suspect after investigations revealed his interest in BURZUM and "black metal" music and culture. More...

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Church Arsonist Blames Burzum Singer

A devoted follower of a Scandinavian band notorious for its heavy metal anti-Christian music burnt down a majestic Moonee Ponds church in a multimillion-dollar arson attack.

Novak Majstorovic had drunken visions of the 107-year-old Ascot Vale Uniting Church being responsible for society's problems with law, ethics and morality.

Majstorovic, 19, admitted his passion for the band Burzum, whose lead singer was allegedly involved in burning down numerous Norwegian churches in the 1990s, helped create a heavy metal ideological imagery based on good and evil.

"It can be explained through any real meanings, you know, but using God and Satan is just like a... it's an image," he told police after his arrest.

Victorian arson squad detectives treated Majstorovic as a suspect after investigations revealed his interest in Burzum and "black metal" music and culture.

Police learnt the band's lead singer Varg Vikernes, now in jail for murder, was commonly referred to as a Satanist, but was regarded more as deeply anti-Christian and anti-Semitic.

Majstorovic yesterday appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to plead guilty to arson and burglary from the fire in Maribyrnong Road, Moonee Ponds, on August 29, 2004.

In a summary tendered to the court, the church, widely used by its local community, was described as majestic and ornate. Its irreplaceable pipe organ and historic records were destroyed in the fire.

Majstorovic, who had drunk half a bottle of bourbon, had earlier left a party, telling guests he was going to burn the church. After entering, he lit Bibles, scrap paper, books and flags near the pulpit and left.

Asked days later by Detective Sergeant Andrew Kerr if he considered the elderly who had cried over the church or what it had stood for, Majstorovic replied: "It was what it stood for, but it's... it's just an object, you know. It's just a building. Faith lies with the individual."

Pressed by Sergeant Kerr about it being sacred and a "heart and soul of things", he said that the church "doesn't like people to cling to any sort of idols here on earth".

Majstorovic said that because he was drunk and near a church he thought he would act on an ideological belief the church was responsible for society's problems.

"A lot of the concepts of my ideologies and stuff would, sort of, stem from heavy metal, from the imagery of heavy metal, from the metaphors that heavy metal uses with the, like, Christian sort of metaphors of good and evil and such," he said.

Magistrate Lisa Hannan bailed Majstorovic, of Hoppers Crossing, to appear in the County Court on August 23.

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Fenriz presents the Best of Old School Black Metal

Fenriz presents the Best of Old School Black Metal... is the first in a series of compilation albums from the mighty FENRIZ of DARKTHRONE. Featuring 16 classic tracks from the likes of VENOM, BATHORY, CELTIC FROST, HELLHAMMER, MAYHEM, BURZUM, DESTRUCTION, AURA NOIR and much more. Running at over 70 minutes this album is a must for any metal fan!

Here's the cd's tracklisting: More...

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Varg Vikernes Speaks Out From Prison

BURZUM mastermind Varg Vikernes recently gave a rare and lengthy interview to the Russian BURZUM site burzum.org about his escape from prison last year, his political views and the possibility of a BURZUM resurrection at some point in the future. Several excerpts from the interview follow: More...

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Norwegian Church Draws Black Metal Fans

Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten is reporting that the restored stave church (photo) in Fantoft in Bergen, Norway has become a pilgrimage site for European black metal music fans who want to visit the site of the church-burning that Varg Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnack) of the one-man band Burzum was suspected of carrying out.

On the cover of the Burzum EP album "Aske" (Ashes) one can see a 1992 picture of the charred ruins of Fantoft stave church. Varg Vikernes is serving a sentence for murder and church burnings.

Guide Arne Dyrøy is not terribly thrilled about some of the new tourists to Fantoft.

"The church has received unwelcome attention because of the 1992 fire and we have had visitors wearing T-shirts with pictures of the burnt ruins. This is very disrespectful," Dyrøy said.

Dyrøy told NRK that many of the black metal tourists ask about Vikernes, and want to visit him in Bergen Prison.

The church as also been visited by a Canadian film team making a documentary about heavy metal music.

Torgrim Øyre, music reviewer and assistant organizer of the annual Bergen metal festival Hole in the Sky, agrees that the Fantoft burning was a "classic event in Norwegian black metal history" but believes the pilgrimage is a phenomenon limited to "slightly nerdy" foreigners.

Dyrøy told NRK that he kept a watchful eye on the black metal tourist crowd.

"As a rule they are very polite and easy-going but I am a bit on guard in case they try some kind of stunt," Dyrøy said.

Several hundred people attended the consecration of Fantoft stave church after its reconstruction in 1997 (photo #1, photo #2).

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