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Varg Vikernes Discusses The Burzum Logo

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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 d├ębut 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."

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Jenny's avatar

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1. Jenny writes:

Interesting story. I refer to the font as being "Old English" rather than "Gothic" though, but whatever.

A logo is just a distinct graphic of a sort to identify something. Whenever I see "Gothic Font" depicting the word Burzum, it's distinct. The style of font has remained constant, (with the exception of 'Belus'), therefore, making it the official Burzum logo; at least in my eyes. This is how I see it for now, anyway.

This can get pretty complicated.

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2. Monmouth writes:

Get over yourself, your music sounds like dying animals and in no "way" it is a "satanic" sound. I have made more blasphemous sounds on the toilet. The ideas are adequate but the effort put in the song just resembles to me that you are a pawn in a game of trend.

p.s.
- I am in no way "pro" Euronymous: Neither mayhem nor "Burzum" have any "musical" talent. Good luck...or what does good even mean?

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