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Varg Vikernes Was Always a Ticking Time Bomb, Why Remain a Burzum Fan?

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This is an opinion article, not a news story, and it doesn't necessarily represent the views of the other contributors at Metalunderground.com.

My reaction to yesterday's arrest of Burzum's sole member Varg Vikernes wasn't shock, it was laughter. The guy was convicted of manslaughter and arson and the French were dumb enough to not only let him into their country on a farm far away from prying eyes but also purchase a number of firearms that he even photographed himself with. What exactly did the Gendarmerie Nationale think he was going to do? The only part of this that's shocking is that it took this long for the French to actually arrest him.

To expand on why exactly this scenario was inevitable, it's that Varg believes in the innate supremacy of all Germanic people while living in a country of Southern Europeans that also has a large Arab minority. This along with his self-imposed isolation was probably going to bring him to his breaking point.

After the British were involved in a scandal where it took them years to finally deport two radical clerics with ties to Al Queda, why would the French bother with somebody who's even more obviously a security risk? Even if the authorities were jumping the gun and there was no terror plot, Varg has to take some responsibility for his reputation. I mean, really, does this photograph look innocent to you?

The only good I can see coming of this is that it's managed to make one of the most odious styles of metal dangerous and genuinely shocking again. A few years ago, I remember being served food by a waitress wearing a Burzum shirt. Getting past the hypocrisy of NSBM being inherently misogynistic and supporting of gender roles that don't include women working, the fact that somebody could buy a Burzum shirt and not just wear it in public but on the job without anyone batting an eye shows how safe even the most ideologically extreme metal has become.

Burzum (along with most other NSBM) was music that you'd only pirate illegally out of morbid curiosity to avoid giving money to people who support extremist causes. Wearing a Burzum shirt used to be so extreme that you'd get dirty looks from people at concerts and your friends would give you, “dude, not cool" speeches. While I don't think want all black metal to be painted with the same brush, I'd at least like to see NSBM become far more stigmatized instead of seen as the ultimate diamond in the rough by hipsters for its non-commercial nature.

As somebody who's tired of all the politics around a style of music based around being confrontational with all the obscure fascist imagery and "wink wink, nudge nudge" statements to please fanatics and hipsters alike, I'm now kind of happy that Varg is going back behind bars once again. I'm all for pushing the boundaries of free speech and good taste but there's a difference between saying something racist to make a point about defending free expression and actively marketing yourself to far right extremists in countries like Russia, Greece, and the U.K. that have massive problems with racial violence to the point where they resemble America in the 1930s.

I personally would be pretty bothered if a group like the English Defense League had more than a handful of people at a rally wearing a shirt with my logo on it. It's why Lonsdale launched a marketing campaign with black models and Thor Steinar sold their brand to a company in the Middle East since having your brand associated with real world violence isn't so much edgy as it is condoning actual crimes against actual people.

In an age where everything is going to be labeled racist or sexist regardless of content or context, it's important to get up to that line but not cross it because once you do, you can no longer hide behind irony and can't to prove your point. At that point, you pretty much are exactly what people are calling you and no better than my old druggie neighbors who used a racial slur for their wi-fi password or the twelve-year-olds on Call of Duty. I mean, Minor Threat proved a point about when anti-racism goes too far in “Guilty of Being White,” but Malevolent Creation openly wishing for black people to kill each other and accusing them of all having HIV in “They Breed” is the main reason why I don't own a single album from Malevolent Creation.

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1. Wilson Mount writes:

That picture of Varg - he is holding an airsoft rifle.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 1:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Your mother writes:

Your points of view sound really retard. You do better killing yourself and listening and writing about depraved bands than about this man. At least he has, believes and fight for his ideas. You are a product made by mass media, decadent society and brainless subhumans who arent able to think by themselves. Shame for you and all those like you.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 3:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. pinto_beans writes:

#2: So how's high school treating you so far?

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 3:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Not a fan of his music writes:

It appears he was only arrested for purposes of harassment.

Embarrassing article.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 3:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Dasher10 writes:

Yes, they sound very retard. I'm happy to know that I know what a suffix is. Also, anyone who says that I, "do better killing myself and listening and writing about depraved bands." That's barely even English and makes by brain hurt.

I'm so glad that he, "believes and fight" for something but his views are BATsh** INSANE! I mean seriously man, I joke that I bring MU to the standards of The Guardian and IGN with all of my typos but you're either really drunk or are completely unable to articulate an argument in the English language. Learn to speak English or I'm not going to bother debating this further.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 4:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Dasher10 writes:

And for the record, the last paragraph shows that culturally, I'm far more of a libertarian than a left-winger due to my advocacy of free speech regardless of content. You're not really picking a fight with a socialist as much as a classical liberal.

Also, I'm a massive foreign and indie film buff so I have no idea what you mean about, "a product of mass media." If coming to a different conclusion than Varg after already reading a number of tracts on fascism including the writings of Pentti Linkola and I decided that the extreme right's ideology is based more on gut feelings, junk science and conspiratorial nonsense over either rationalism or empiricism which makes it just as illogical and dogmatic as the arguments of the far left.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 4:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. WOLF7 writes:

I still consider the entire episode a publicity stunt. Either that or then Varg's a complete idiot.

There's no way someone with his track record could buy guns and ammo in any European country quietly / off the radar (okay, he might have gotten away with buying stuff illegally) especially considering he's on the Breivik manifesto watchlist as well.

We live in such a weird world where murderers sell albums only cos they're murderers and I think that's the point here. I think Varg simply wanted more attention to him in a "hey, I still release music and I'm still a psycho" kinda of way. I mean, how many albums has Varg sold in the past 5 years?

Oh well, time will tell. Will be interesting to see if Varg's very clever or just a fanatic idiot.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 4:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. m4dswine writes:

Do people proof articles going up on this site? I'm disappointed to see something so poorly written on MU.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 4:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Cynic writes:

@Wolf - I believe his hot wife bought them.

FYI Malevolent Creation now supports the "Metalheads against Racism" movement, they're at least doing something to repent. Funnily enough we were just discussing how good that album is in the forums...

I wear my Burzum shirt as proudly as my Trouble one, because riffs aren't ideologies and the lyrics aren't my own. It's a huge leap to make between Burzum t-shirt and some random NS group that believes women shouldn't work.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 4:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. WOLF7 writes:

Cynic, she did, as Varg has no chance in buying guns legally in France himself, being a convicted criminal coming from a non-EU country. Absolutely zero chance.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 5:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Faeden writes:

Wow. I could go on a huge rant about all the many things wrong with this article. Its right out of Zionist controlled media claptrap. Learn common sense before writing. Varg seems to be someone who is exploring ideas and knowledge and is not limited by what small minded people think. He has changed his views as he has progressed while people who write rubbish like this understandings stand still and limited. People are afraid of people like Varg because deep down they know he has a better more scary accurate idea of the truth. People are threatened so look to discredit him. Varg is a brave soul looking to better his people and understand the truth cant their history.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 5:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Unat writes:

It is not him that is going to be thinking of how to clatch at a straw but the ones that are accusing him of being a murderer-to-be! Disregarding his past and his idiosyncratic visions and ideas it is a huge confession of failure to arrest a family based only on suspicion but not on evidences. This is an aboslute arbitrariness! Sad thing.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 5:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. izzy trash writes:

we all know varg is more than a little off balance,and everyone knows the crimes he commited in his past. just remember one small thing,never once in history has a picture of a man holding a gun killed or maimed anyone.i dont know if he was planning something terrible or not,and neither does anyone else just yet.how about we wait untill we find out some real answers before we decide to hang draw and quarter the man,or anyone else for that matter

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 5:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Unat writes:

when it comes to the point to concept a picture of an enemy, then you go for characters like him - easy way, right? and one need not to be proud, to accuse someone who meets all the alleged ideas, a state or a society would need to find a scapegoat for the misery which is obvious throughout the world. the question is whether it proves true that only those are a "threat" of the aspired peace that are postmarked (in the minds of a lot of people) to be the danger. I doubt that.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 5:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Unat writes:

on the other hand, it is almost necessary that such events happen. because they are typical examples of a twisted, democratic concept which we have to think over. To integrate a killer in a society is a difficult task and it is the responsibility of everyone to make this possible! We have a responsibility just as he has. And he - despite his own, idiosyncratic "mission" is a person like you and I, with whom we live together. Whether it suits us or not - we got to deal with this. When it comes to lead dialogues, dialogues should not be made ​​on this basis. The killers-to-be are the ones who have failed to engage dialogues! And if you think of history there are loads of such failures.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 6:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Bianca writes:

This is a silly piece. The "rifles" that were confiscated were powerful enough to kill maybe a squirrel. If you read the blogs associated with Burzum.org you would find a very specific piece on the role of women written by Marie Cachet, Varg's wife. Varg himself has actively condemned the actions of Anders Breivik. If you read his last blog post, you will find that he encourages his followers to use "legal means" to protest the mass multiculturalism that is happening in Europe. That's another thing - he doesn't refer to the preservation of "Germanic people." Germanic refers to a group of languages. He means European in the biological sense. Also it is worth noting that Burzum itself is great music and if you don't like the man behind the music and subsequently won't listen to the tunes, you might want to reevaluate how you approach art.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 7:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. manoah writes:

Might is right.......Hail Vlag.......

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 7:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. manoah writes:

I mean Varg....ooops

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 7:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. what writes:

Uh, stay a fan because his music was good? This article blows. Who are you to tell me what to wear? Varg is a racist moron but you sound like you know very little about Burzum as an art form. MU needs to start screening writers because this piece is outright awful and embarrassing.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 9:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Ko Re writes:

The gun in the pic is an air soft one. Vikernes' wife bought the guns legally. Breivik's Manifest was sent to hundreds. Vikernes hates Breivik. Police admit they have no evidence whatsoever. Stop writing or start researching.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 9:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Max Dostler writes:

This comment is shameful; you are advocating his censoring (e.g. his expulsion of France) simply because what he says is not something you, or most of us, like.
You even go as far as to say that Vikernes represents a bigger threat than clerics with ties to Al Qaeda! Honestly, it is hard to believe that a person could write such a thing with a straight face; you should really be ashamed of that.
We published a thorough analysis of his arrest, the way in which it has been reported and the consequences on free speech on our site. http://www.metalblast.net/2013/07/vikernes-arrest/

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 10:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Johansbutt writes:

This site is notorious for bad research. I think it's funny that the article talks about Varg having to take responsibility for his reputation, and then they show that picture. He's a self proclaimed racist who has done countless interviews, was in a movie, open letters to the media, etc. All you could find was a picture of him holding a gun as your point? And evidently, it's an airsoft gun. Ha!

Jason B was the singer on that malevolent creation album. He wrote the lyrics, he brought that content into the lyrics (for the record the lyric sheet says different words than he actually sings on the album, which probably just makes him a p***y). But when that guy wasn't writing lyrics that content wasn't there. Granted that is their best album. The drummer on that album is the current drummer for suffocation, and there's a black guy in that band. I doubt the whole band sat around and wore kkk hoods while writing this album. That guy is a douche. Lay blame where it belongs. 'Hitler being an anti Semite is the main reason I don't own a VW'.

One more thing about Varg, he was always a trendy scenester. When I heard him talking about recording his album with the sh**tiest mic he could find, I knew he wasn't about the music. He was about being the number one guy (in his mind, at least) in the black metal scene. It's why he murdered Euronymous and why he went to jail. Because he's a scenester.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 10:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. sonictherapy writes:

I don't know about France's laws, but in the US convicted felons may live in the same household as someone who may legally own guns - as long as the guns are locked up away from them. Did Varg's wife have the guns locked up?

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 10:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. You braindead twats writes:

Varg a scenester? Of course he is, he created one!

This whole episode reeks of zionist Mr Hollande trying to scare those who dare reveal who holds his strings.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 11:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Brendan the Great writes:

Nice article fag, do some f***ing research....they didn't find anything. And he couldn't have been charged with murder AND manslaughter unless you can kill someone intentionally and unitentionally at the same time. Pure Speculation and bullsh**....is this how this site always works?

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 11:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. mike godfried writes:

i liked burzums first 3 albums, but after he got out of jail i lost intrest in his music, i wish he would go back and do something along those lines.
VV was practically one of the founding fathers of black ambient metal, which i luv and hold him at high regards to, politically i think he is a bit warped and spiritually i can understand his anger and combativeness, so personally i am a fan of his, and on what he created and was a part of as the scene and genre of music that is my personal favorite to listen to.
again, in this particular case, the evidence toward VV is almost non existent, call me when he blows up a government building, burns a church with people in it or commits murder.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 11:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. slammin rushdie writes:

Well, it looks like the Metal Underground comments have a lot of intellectually curious political experts. Color me surprised. I'm amazed none of you "omg zionism" types have used the word "sheeple" yet.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 12:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. joe who writes:

Your article sucks

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 12:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Shreddinator writes:

Call me old fashion, but I still believe in 'innocent until proven guilty', and there seems to be a lack of any evidence of him doing or planning anything. He may be a suspicious charactor, but that is not proof of guilt.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 1:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Morgoth writes:

I say yes wipe out all n*****s

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 2:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. I.T. Warpath writes:

Well, I don' t car what kind of a fan are you, Idiot (I mean author) I even don't care what are your musical likes/dislikes, but if you don't like music of BURZUM, - has somebody enforced you to listening of it? Don' t like - don't listen, but hold your sh**-mind to yourself! Nobody asks you to break up your a$$ for best or worse in this case. You' re just a home sitting corner rat who thinks that your opinion means something to anybody. Where were you when tat same Varg burned churches? Where were you when he did released his first albums? And Who the f*** are you after all? - a mindwashed non-race product of US racial junykard, or just a jew?
f*** You! I'm on the line to piss on your grave!

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 2:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. xFiruath writes:

The article completely aside, some of these comments are just priceless.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 2:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Wotan writes:

Many of you 'Metalheads' are a f***ing joke. You're politically correct, conformist clowns who buy into the leftard multiCULT lies. You're not 'rebels', you're not 'swimming against the mainstream', you fit right in with the likes of Bieber, GAGA, and 50 cent fans.

This arrest of Varg and his wife is nothing but Bolshevik style intimidation for his views that Europeans deserve to exist in their indigenous homelands and not be overrun by non-White foreigners.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 3:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. R10 writes:

Really don't care for this guys music, and could give a flying fvck about his political views. If i was forced at gunpoint to choose between listening to Five Finger Death Punch or this dolts crap, i think i'd choose the FFDP sh*t honestly. Can't believe people defend this idiots political rambles and "music" so strongly, but whatever. Did like the Minor Threat song in the article though.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 3:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. BrianMN writes:

Am I the only one that thinks “Retribution” is Malevolent’s last true masterpiece?
Still not as good as “Ten Commandments” though…

NP.
Multiple Stab Wounds

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 4:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. CROMCarl writes:

#25 - With no specific relation to Varg's legal issues or the laws of France, you obviously have done a great deal of research yourself on the specifics of legal crimes As one who has worked in federal criminal defense for 15 years, I can tell you with great confidence that individuals absolutely are charged with murder and manslaughter on the same offense. Federal indictments always have contingency counts. Those contingency counts are put in place so when evidence is heard, a prosecuting attorney can ask for murder 1, 2 or manslaughter.

# Jul 18, 2013 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Cynic writes:

@Johansbutt

>I doubt the whole band sat around and wore kkk hoods while writing this album.

Actually Jason quit the band because they wouldn't let him wear a KKK t-shirt on stage.

I've actually never listened to "Eternal" despite the forum chatter, sounds like a pretty good album...

# Jul 19, 2013 @ 3:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. nekro vomit writes:

I thought MU was supposed to be for news. Not for uninformed opinions noone gives a flying f*** about. Save the rants for your facebook which noone cares about either.

# Jul 20, 2013 @ 12:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. hellrat writes:

Dasher has had a major hard on for Vikernes for a long time now...figured he was always about to pop

err...doh! timing! :)

\m/ BURZUM \m/

# Jul 23, 2013 @ 6:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. ScrewTheMan writes:

@nekro vomit
If you could read you would notice that at the top of the page it states, "This is an opinion article, not a news story, and it doesn't necessarily represent the views of the other contributors at Metalunderground.com." If you didn't want to read it you could have easily clicked of the page.

# Jul 25, 2013 @ 6:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Becker writes:

Varg's jingoistic proclivities has never been extinguished even after his undeserving release from prison. However, it remains doubtful whether or not he has the audacity to strike again. I mean it wouldn't be surprising but he has a family now and surprisingly has others to consider which has perhaps curbed his inflated ego--or at least brought it down to a more tolerable level.


To answer your question about the photo: He did this as a personal statement; hardly anything to take seriously in all honesty. Many iconoclasts of the scene have made similar aggravating poses to perhaps move sales along or help get their name in the metal limelight.

Also, Dasher, I have been trying to get in touch with you and I'm personally sorry about everything. Please consider my apology and I'd love to reconnect with you at some point. I am coming back home to Illinois next year and would love to get together!

Becker

# Jul 26, 2013 @ 5:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Becker also writes:

It also amazes me how great of a cult following Varg and Burzum has received in recent years. Given the very lyrical content that passes off as some pseudo intellectual drivel that challenges conventional western thought, the music is even more offensive. The only somewhat enjoyable album is Fallen as it's surprisingly catchy. Varg's obsession with producing low quality audio is somewhat amusing though... oh, but it's raw, therefore it's good! Oh wait, that is quirk, not necessarily something translatable in the positive or negative direction.

Aside from Agalloch and Emperor the black metal subgenre is really really freaking unbearably boring. Metal is supposed to be anti-scene, but I feel black metal in general attracts like-minded individuals that are more into the image and what black metal represents than the actual music. I feel the bands themselves know this and many live acts (ahem Marduk) will improvise or falter on playing their songs correctly..... why should they? No one will notice if they mess up as ALL THEIR f***ING SONGS sound exactly alike!

# Jul 26, 2013 @ 8:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. bollocks, shite, bullshit writes:

What is the point of this article? The writer has no facts and every sentence is just mindless ranting. Is this a joke "opinion"?

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