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

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