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

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