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

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