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Burzum is the one-man project of Varg Vikernes (born Christian Vikernes, aka Count Grishnackh), perhaps the most notorious figure in Norwegian black metal. Although Burzum had an unpredictably experimental bent -- encompassing black metal, industrial, electronic, and dark ambient music -- Vikernes will forever be associated with his conviction for the 1993 murder of former Mayhem bandmate Euronymous. It wasn't the first time Vikernes had run afoul of the law; he had been a suspect in arsons directed at historic Norwegian churches in Bergen, a perception not helped by his use of a post-fire photograph of the Fantoft Kirke church on the cover of Burzum's 1993 Aske EP. Coupled with Vikernes' racist, virulently anti-Judeo-Christian beliefs was a sort of nationalistic pride, a longing to return to the pre-Christian pagan culture and religion that had marked the glory days of the Vikings; this paganism became a frequently recurring theme in black metal circles, and led to the Norwegian metal sound being tagged Viking metal in some quarters. As for his recording career, Vikernes issued the eponymous Burzum debut in 1992 under his Count Grishnackh alias (taken from a J.R.R. Tolkien book); it was largely a typical black metal record, although it featured a few synth dabblings and slower passages, neither of which had yet found much favor on the scene. Released in 1993, Det Som Engang Var expanded on those innovations while retaining an overall metal flavor. Hvis Lyset Tar Oss (If the Light Takes Us), issued in 1994 shortly after Vikernes' imprisonment, integrated synthesizers more fully into the Burzum sound, and the all-electronic closing track foreshadowed Burzum's later move into dark ambient. The well-received industrial/electronic-tinged Filosofem appeared in 1996, although it had been recorded (but not mixed) prior to Vikernes' incarceration. With the vaults thus exhausted, Burzum's future appeared to be in doubt, but Vikernes managed to begin recording entirely instrumental synthesizer albums while in prison. A concept work recounting a well-known Norse myth, Daudi Baldrs (Balder's Death), was released in 1997 as the first installment of a planned trilogy. The second portion, the mythology-themed Hlidskjalf, appeared in 1999, featuring an equipment upgrade and a correspondingly fuller sound. This would be the last Burzum release for nearly a decade until, in 2009, Vikernes was paroled after serving 15 years of a 21-year sentence. He began working on new material, and made a return to a more metal sound with 2010's Belus. Staying productive, Burzum went in a more experimental direction, releasing Fallen early in 2011 before following up later that year with From the Depths of Darkness, which featured re-recorded versions of songs from his early albums Burzum and Det Som Engang Var. The spring of 2012 saw the release of Burzum's Umskiptar. He followed the next year with the increasingly courtly and ambient Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan, and again in 2014 with the similarly styled The Ways of Yore. ~ Steve Huey
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  1.   Song
  2.   Ea, Lord of the Depths
  3.   Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
  4.   War
  5.   Spell of Destruction
  6.   Feeble Screams from Forests Unknown
  7.   Gebrechlichkeit 1
  8.   En Ring til AA Hershe
  9.   Forgotten Realms
  10.   Hid (Bear's Lair)
  11.   Gullaldr
  12.   Jóln
  13.   Til Hel Og Tilbake Igjen (Konklusjon)
  14.   Seven Harmonies of the Unknown Truth
  15.   Steminen Fra Taarnet
  16.   Jesus' Tod
  17.   Daudi Baldrs
  18.   A Lost Forgotten Sad Spirit
  19.   Rundgang Um Die Transzendentale Saule der Singularitat
  20.   Dunkelheit
  21.   Hermodr a Helferd
  22.   Dungeons of Darkness
  23.   Call of the Sirens
  24.   Alfadanz
  25.   Frijos Einsames Trauern
  26.   Enhver Til Sitt
  27.   Key to the Gate
  28.   Turn the Sign of the Microcosm
  29.   The Coming
  30.   Vanvidd
  31.   Jeg Faller
  32.   Stemmen Fra Taarnet
  33.   Tuistos Herz
  34.   My Journey to the Stars
  35.   Det Som en Gang Var
  36.   Erblicket Die Tuchter des Firmaments
  37.   Valen
  38.   Einfühlungsverntögen
  39.   Valgaldr
  40.   Dominus Sathanas
  41.   Lost Wisdom
  42.   Frijos Goldene Tranen
  43.   Ansuzgardaraiwo
  44.   Channelling the Power of Souls Into a New God
  45.   Den Onde Kysten
  46.   Balferd Baldrs
  47.   Sôlarrâs
  48.   Stemmen Fra Taarnet
  49.   Der Tod Wuotans
  50.   Et Hvitt Lys Over Skogen
  51.   Fedrahellir (Forebear-Cave)
  52.   Haar Himmelen Klarner
  53.   Haugaeldr
  54.   Sôl Austan
  55.   Surtr Sunnan
  56.   Aera
  57.   Fra Verdenstreet (Introduksjon)
  58.   Tomhet
  59.   Gebrechlichkeit II
  60.   Outro
  61.   Dominuus Sathanas
  62.   Die Liebe Nerpus'
  63.   I Heimr Heliar
  64.   Inn I Slottet Fra Droemmen
  65.   Snu Mikrokosmos Tegn
  66.   Illa Tithandi
  67.   Solargudi (Sun-god)
  68.   Sôlbjörg
  69.   Runar munt bu finna (You shall find Secrets)
  70.   Mâni Vestan
  71.   Gebrechlichkeit I
  72.   Channelling the Power of Minds Into a New God
  73.   Hit Helga Tré
  74.   Heljarmyrkr
  75.   Sassu Wunnu
  76.   Thulean Mysteries
  77.   Der Weinende Hadnur
  78.   Moti Ragnargkum
  79.   Crying Orc
  80.   Ganga At Sôlu
  81.   Mythic Dawn
  82.   Once Emperor
  83.   Budstikken

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