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

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