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Burzum Changes New Album Title From "The White God" To "Belus"

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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.

"The new title of the album is, as you might have guessed from the title of this article, Belus, the so-called Indo-European name for Baldur/the White God. I could have used any European name for this deity, but I chose this one because it is the oldest known name and because it is pan-European.

"Belus will be released on Byelobog Productions March-April next year, with eleven new tracks; nine metal tracks and an ambient intro and outro, and about 50-plus minutes of music (the long outro not included). The lyrics are all in Norwegian, but French and Russian translations will be available on Burzum.org asap - possibly even before the release of the album."

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Cynic's avatar

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1. Cynic writes:

Should have stuck to his guns, but respect the fact he doesn't want his name dragged through more mud after just being released from jail. Looking forward to "Belus".

# Dec 2, 2009 @ 11:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. deathbringer writes:

With all the racism talk, that's exactly how I took his album title as well. So clearly it was being misinterpreted and this is probably a smart move, even if it doesn't seem like the kvlt black metal thing to do for him image :-)

# Dec 2, 2009 @ 11:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. deathbringer writes:

his* image

# Dec 2, 2009 @ 11:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. xFiruath writes:

He doesn't seem to get that it wasn't the title of the album that made people think he was racist - that was just icing on the cake. People think he's racist because he says racist things. Changing the album title doesn't erase his comments about comparing people he hates to "negroes and homosexuals."

# Dec 3, 2009 @ 12:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Diamond Oz writes:

To be fair, he said, "sterotypical negroes and homosexuals" which implies he knows that most black and gay people are decent, good people. It certainly was an ill worded statement though.

# Dec 3, 2009 @ 6:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. MAX69 writes:

Could not care less about his views. What I do care about is what this cd will sound like--I hope it bears some sort of resemblance to the cold, harsh hiss of those classic first 4 albums!

# Dec 3, 2009 @ 5:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. DeathInEye writes:

Actually Oz, it's the opposite; saying "stereotypical negroes and homosexuals" only acknowledges that he is aware of exceptions to what he perceives as the stereotype, but that a stereotype is, by definition, the majority. These aren't my sentiments. I'm simply interpreting Varg. I actually was ok with "The White God". I didn't see that as racist, rather I saw his contextual comments to be prejudiced, like xFiruath.

# Dec 3, 2009 @ 9:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Diamond Oz writes:

I dunno. It's like if you thought of the English stereotype, you'd think of either a bloke in a bowler hat and suit with a moustache, drinking tea and speaking posh or you'd think of a c***ney chimney sweep, but I don't think I've ever met someone like that. Or that all Frenchmen wear berets and striped shirts.

I could have got the wrong end of the stick here, but that's the kind of thing I think of when I hear stereotype.

# Dec 3, 2009 @ 11:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Hammerheart writes:

I think xFiruath hit the nail on the head with his post. I love Burzum, but there's no denying that he's racist.

# Dec 4, 2009 @ 12:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Necrovomit writes:

isnt hating him because he's rascist just being rascist against rascists? i was never one to judge so i can befriend rascists and coloreds and jews alike. its whats on the inside that counts right? im sure varg is just a sensitive down to earth fellow trying to express his frustration of the system through his music. and the mindless zombies will just consume his brains that is his art.

# Dec 4, 2009 @ 12:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Diamond Oz can't be arsed to sign in writes:

Agreed with Necrovomit. I've been thinking lately that as humans, everyone will hate some form of people. Whether you're a racist, or you hate racists, or you hate people that hate racists, people naturally seem to love to hate. Even if it's a sub-culture. I hate scene kids with a passion and I hate people that force their views on others. Oh and paedophiles. Other than that, I've got no bef with anyone, but I have some people to hate. Hopefully this makes sense lol.

# Dec 4, 2009 @ 7:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. instigatah writes:

big deal, who cares.. people have a right to their own opinions, if you judge him for that then you are the racist yourself, your not practising what you preech hypocrites!! looking forward to the album!!

# Dec 4, 2009 @ 8:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Hammerheart's avatar

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13. Hammerheart writes:

''Racist against racists?'' That doesn't even make sense. I don't like racism, but I fail to see how that in itself is racist.

# Dec 4, 2009 @ 10:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. b.bristowe writes:

Hate is a healthy emotion.

Racist against Racists?

# Dec 4, 2009 @ 12:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Pelle writes:

The hate or dislike someone ain´t racism. It´s an emotion. Racism is when you deverse one race from another and talk about different qualities.

the White God was a far better name then just Belus. Doesn´t Belus mean "white" by the way? ;) Sure, people reacted to the "stereotypical" discussion, not the album title.

# Dec 5, 2009 @ 5:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Juuso writes:

You can be bigoted against racists, not racist against them.
It's a view not a race, ethnicity, nationality......

Anyway, as I've always said, I like his music, I have no opinion on politics for the most part.

# Dec 5, 2009 @ 2:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Natsquatch writes:

I think the word Necrovomit was looking for is "prejudiced".

# Dec 5, 2009 @ 6:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Necrovomit's avatar

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18. Necrovomit writes:

yes prejudiced against prejudiced people may have been more accurate than rascist against rascists. im sure u all caught my drift, right?......right?

# Dec 12, 2009 @ 11:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. b writes:

http://vargvikernestekstywywiady.wordpress.com pl;)

# Dec 14, 2009 @ 8:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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