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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.   Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
  3.   Ea, Lord of the Depths
  4.   Gebrechlichkeit 1
  5.   Spell of Destruction
  6.   War
  7.   Feeble Screams from Forests Unknown
  8.   Dunkelheit
  9.   Jesus' Tod
  10.   Dominus Sathanas
  11.   Hermodr a Helferd
  12.   Rundgang Um Die Transzendentale Saule der Singularitat
  13.   Haugaeldr
  14.   Ansuzgardaraiwo
  15.   Inn I Slottet Fra Droemmen
  16.   Sôl Austan
  17.   Moti Ragnargkum
  18.   Call of the Sirens
  19.   Key to the Gate
  20.   Mythic Dawn
  21.   Turn the Sign of the Microcosm
  22.   The Coming
  23.   Gebrechlichkeit I
  24.   A Lost Forgotten Sad Spirit
  25.   Dungeons of Darkness
  26.   My Journey to the Stars
  27.   Channelling the Power of Souls Into a New God
  28.   Et Hvitt Lys Over Skogen
  29.   En Ring til AA Hershe
  30.   Jeg Faller
  31.   Mâni Vestan
  32.   Fedrahellir (Forebear-Cave)
  33.   Crying Orc
  34.   Sôlarrâs
  35.   Gebrechlichkeit II
  36.   Hid (Bear's Lair)
  37.   Der Tod Wuotans
  38.   Einfühlungsverntögen
  39.   Enhver Til Sitt
  40.   Steminen Fra Taarnet
  41.   Seven Harmonies of the Unknown Truth
  42.   Den Onde Kysten
  43.   Thulean Mysteries
  44.   Forgotten Realms
  45.   Heljarmyrkr
  46.   Ganga At Sôlu
  47.   Solargudi (Sun-god)
  48.   Runar munt bu finna (You shall find Secrets)
  49.   Surtr Sunnan
  50.   Aera
  51.   Hit Helga Tré
  52.   Alfadanz
  53.   Jóln
  54.   Sassu Wunnu
  55.   Channelling the Power of Minds Into a New God
  56.   Vanvidd
  57.   Fra Verdenstreet (Introduksjon)
  58.   Tomhet
  59.   Balferd Baldrs
  60.   Stemmen Fra Taarnet
  61.   Die Liebe Nerpus'
  62.   Der Weinende Hadnur
  63.   Daudi Baldrs
  64.   Stemmen Fra Taarnet
  65.   I Heimr Heliar
  66.   Snu Mikrokosmos Tegn
  67.   Lost Wisdom
  68.   Det Som en Gang Var
  69.   Once Emperor
  70.   Gullaldr
  71.   Budstikken
  72.   Illa Tithandi
  73.   Frijos Einsames Trauern
  74.   Til Hel Og Tilbake Igjen (Konklusjon)
  75.   Outro
  76.   Haar Himmelen Klarner
  77.   Frijos Goldene Tranen
  78.   Sôlbjörg
  79.   Dominuus Sathanas
  80.   Tuistos Herz
  81.   Valen
  82.   Erblicket Die Tuchter des Firmaments
  83.   Valgaldr

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