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Burzum is the solo project of Varg Vikernes (born Kristian Larsson Vikernes, AKA Greven Grishnackh/Count Grishnackh, currently legally named Varg Qisling Larsson Vikernes). The band was initially known as Uruk-Hai, Varg Vikernes’ first band which he formed in 1988-89. He changed the name to Burzum (meaning “darkness” in Black Speech, the language of Mordor in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings) in 1991 after the disbanding of Satanel, a band he founded with Abbath of Immortal.

Burzum played a vital role, along with other Norwegian black metal bands such as Mayhem, Darkthrone, Emperor and Immortal, in the development of black metal as a musical genre and ideology. In particular, the and subgenres owe much to Burzum’s sound.

From his 1992 debut, Burzum, until his final black metal album, 1996’s Filosofem, Burzum went from playing raw, primitive black metal to playing ambient, exclusively synthesizer-based music. His two most recent albums, 1997’s Dauði Baldrs and 1999’s Hliðskjálf, are purely dark ambient works recorded whilst in prison. However, they do not represent a complete departure from Burzum’s previous works, as his albums always contained keyboard elements, and there were keyboard-only pieces on every album except Aske. Throughout his career, Varg has managed to create and maintain a very distinct sound unique to Burzum.

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  • trailways

    I've just visited Norway and I can understand Varg feelings now.

    Yesterday 10:33pm Reply
  • M0rbidBoy

    Come to Brazil!

    Yesterday 2:58pm Reply
  • GolyJelen

    @sls and Heil Freyja

    Yesterday 12:16pm Reply
  • MisanthropyGod

    All these years and this shoutbox is still as putrid as ever.

    23 Jan 11:19pm Reply
  • sls

    And you must sing along to Heill Odin

    23 Jan 9:50pm Reply
  • vittuviladunaa

    v The Ways Of Yore is recommended then

    23 Jan 2:51pm Reply
  • Altars

    You haven't experienced Burzum properly unless you've listened to at least one full album in a forest late at night dressed up as a Viking after a good role-playing session. [6]

    23 Jan 4:34am Reply
  • Naazakh

    You haven't experienced Burzum properly unless you've listened to at least one full album in a forest late at night.

    22 Jan 9:16pm Reply
  • ThalesLindberg

    You haven't experienced Burzum properly unless you've listened to at least one full album in a forest late at night. [5]

    21 Jan 7:24am Reply
  • IBlackened

    and yeah people talking about peoples youth in regards to their opinion on black and death metal is idiotic, those genres were made by 14 year olds. [2]

    20 Jan 9:16pm Reply
  • why-am-i-here

    @electescreeth he did on his silly youtube vlog the other day.

    17 Jan 10:37pm Reply
  • ElectesCreeth

    I don't think Varg has ever labeled Wardruna such, but most don't like the band because Gaahl has done work with the band. Homophobes are everywhere, especially among the faux NS followers of Burzum.

    17 Jan 4:33am Reply
  • doomed_undead

    You haven't experienced Burzum properly unless you've listened to at least one full album in a forest late at night. [4]

    17 Jan 12:10am Reply
  • GolyJelen

    You haven't experienced Burzum properly unless you've listened to at least one full album in a forest late at night. [3]

    16 Jan 11:35pm Reply
  • galacticpup

    brazil

    16 Jan 12:22am Reply
  • CrySTALcrafter

    Varg is a Chetnik sympathizer.

    15 Jan 4:32pm Reply
  • why-am-i-here

    I think it's funny that Mr vikernes called out the Norwegian band wardruna for being 'ignorant crappy music' even though he hasn't put out a good album in years.

    15 Jan 2:58pm Reply
  • vittuviladunaa

    even though I love "War" it's still a mood breaker on a full listen.

    14 Jan 9:31am Reply
  • vittuviladunaa

    was out walking the dog in the woods last night (freezing fucking cold, -24C, -11.2F) had "Under A Funeral Moon", "Buzum" and "Hvis Lyset" with me. I think Darkthrone worked best. Damn cold riffs on that one.

    14 Jan 9:26am Reply
  • musicmaniac7778

    I actually listen to a full length in a dark forest where im from and in the winter too!! along with Darkthone and Emperor!! best experience !!

    14 Jan 2:07am Reply
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