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Burzum

Burzum (/ˈbɜːrzəm/; Norwegian: [ˈbʉrtsʉm]) is a musical project of Norwegian musician and writer Varg Vikernes. Vikernes began making music in 1988, but it was not until 1991 that he recorded his first demos as Burzum. The word "burzum" means "darkness" in the Black Speech, a fictional language crafted by Lord of the Rings writer J. R. R. Tolkien. The project became a part of the early Norwegian black metal scene and one of the most influential acts in black metal.

Vikernes recorded the first four Burzum albums between January 1992 and March 1993. However, the releases were spread out, with many months between the recording and the release of each album. In May 1994, Vikernes was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the murder of Mayhem guitarist Øystein 'Euronymous' Aarseth and the arson of three churches.

While imprisoned, Vikernes recorded two dark ambient albums using only synthesizers, as he did not have access to drums, guitar or bass. Since his release from prison in 2009, he has recorded three further black metal albums and several ambient/electronic albums.

Although Vikernes is known for his political views, he does not use Burzum to promote those views. Burzum has never played live and Vikernes says he has no intention of doing so.

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Genres rock black metal electronic dark ambient ambient
Picks
  1. Beholding the Daughters of the Firmament
  2. Decrepitude I
  3. Burzum
Top release Filosofem

Albums

  1. Demo II
    1991
  2. Burzum
    1992
  3. Det som engang var
    1993
  4. Hvis lyset tar oss
    1994
  5. 5.0
    Filosofem
    1996
  6. Dauði Baldrs
    1997
  7. Hliðskjálf
    1999
  8. Belus
    2010
  9. Fallen
    2011
  10. From the Depths of Darkness
    2011
  11. Umskiptar
    2012
  12. Sôl austan, Mâni vestan
    2013
  13. The Ways of Yore
    2014

Other releases

  1. Burzum / Gorgoroth
    1993
  2. Burzum / Aske
    1995
  3. Demonwith
    2000
  4. Ragnarok: A New Beginning
    2000
  5. Anthology
    2002
  6. Det som engang var / Ragnarok: A New Beginning, Volume 1
    2003
  7. Filosofem / Demo
    2003
  8. Winterliche Reinheit
    2004
  9. Anthology - Lord of Darkness
    2005
  10. Draugen
    2005
  11. Stemmen fra tårnet
    2006
  12. Anthology
    2008