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

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