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

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