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

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