When Varg gets out he's gona be huge he already has amazing cult status mostly due to the church burnings and murder, ihope he remains true to what he stands for and doesnt sell out but icant realy see that happening.
>>By Nocturno Culto (Wednesday, 5 Feb 2003 16:38)
Did you know the name Burzum is the black speech word for darkness in the lord of the rings "Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul
ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul" from the inscription on the one ring. Many great artists are influenced by Tolkiens storys from Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath to Black Metal like amazing Burzum.
>>By Nocturno Culto (Thursday, 6 Feb 2003 15:35)
You people are fucking faggots.
If i ever met you, I'd tear your spine out. Stupid fucking nazis. Even if you say you aren't, if you like this mother fucker, you are.
He was nothing more than a spoiled rich boy from the suburbs(in case you didn't know) as is detailed in Lords of chaos.
Get some real heroes, losers.
>>By I hate stupid white people (Friday, 7 Feb 2003 01:32)
Shut the fuck up asshole. If I saw you i'd send you to meet hitler, and get that cock out of ur ass. Well if ur a fuckin niger then ur not as smart as the average white person, it must suck to be so stupid you piece of shit.
I'm not a nazi but if it was a choice between being you or a nazi, i'd pick nazi every time!
>>By War Bringer (Thursday, 20 Feb 2003 19:02)
BURZUM!!! Thats the greatest name that i always like to talk about that
Sir Lord Count Grishnackh is the person that i always like to talk about him.
I'm From Iran, here in my country noone knows the truth about Burzum and Varg vikarnes.
But Burzum is my fav band.
Varg is Awesome i adore him
i think Varg and Burzum are immortal.
No-one is greater than Varg vikernes and no-band is as good as BURZUM. All Bands should respect him and adore him.
>>By Eby-Satyr (Friday, 21 Feb 2003 02:51)
Viva Sir Lord Count Grishnackh down with Euronymous
>>By EBY SATYR HELLIOM (Friday, 21 Feb 2003 03:06)
Burzum...isn't black metal
Burzum...is the deepest part of all our minds
Burzum...is pure darkness
His timeless and hypnotic music...is A voyage to the deepest and darkest zone of the human mind.
Everybody has an unknown,unopened door inside him- or herself.
BURZUM is the map to find that door,and the key to open it.
LONG LIVE BURZUM!
WE ARE WAITING FOR YOUR NEW MASTERPIECE!
>>By fallen angel (Sunday, 23 Feb 2003 12:56)
Burzum is trully unique. His songs are a journey in the dark ancient forests of the north. It feels like everything is peacefull and beautiful, but something really bad is in the atmosphere, waiting to deploy and destroy everything around. A true ode to nature and darkness
>>By Impaler (Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 20:16)
his words are strong and his every scream is believable
much respect for this man...no one kills and burns churches and expects to be a free man...
good to see a burzum fan from iran...
>>By james (Wednesday, 26 Feb 2003 08:04)
When the time comes
We will all see
The bitter truth
Behind the scene
Await the end, await your end and be curious to what will become. Are we gonna
burn in hell or find ourselves in eternal blackness?
Are you truly the servant of the one who carries the sword?
Or are you just a pawn to entertain him?
>>By Ask (Wednesday, 26 Feb 2003 19:23)
Burzum is a great source of inspiration. Heil!
PS. Fogg rules!
>>By Zarath (Thursday, 27 Feb 2003 19:05)
black metal is the universal language that unites the true remains around this pathetic feeble world. Long live Black metal, long live Burzum!!!!!! (Monday, 3 Mar 2003 15:16)
black metal is the universal language that unites the true remains around this pathetic feeble world. Long live Black metal, long live Burzum!!!!!!
>>By Alexander (Monday, 3 Mar 2003 15:17)
SOme of Varg's tunes are OK, but who the hell is the vocalist? DetraCTS
>>By Jack-Slapper (Monday, 3 Mar 2003 20:54)
SOme of Varg's tunes are OK, but his vocals are pure crap. DetraCTS
quite a bit from the drama of his music. Yeah, I know BMers are supposed to sound like hawgs with their nuts in a ringer, but Disssection's Jon Nordveidt did it without sounding like a drunkanrd tryiung to do Shirley Temple at Karaoke night. And Varg's "Fiolosofem" is as silly as Jeanne Garofolo's stance on the coming Iran-Iraq war. Oh well, we should look to musicians for rockin' tunes, not brilliant throughts. All in all, I think Varg;s best work was playing bass for Mayhem, not his solo shit.
>>By Jack-Slapper (Monday, 3 Mar 2003 20:57)
THE ONLY THING I CAN SAY ABOUT BURZUM IS THAT HIS MUSIC WILL NEVER DIE, IT'S THE AUTHENTIC SPIRIT OF DARKNESS WE ALL ADORE.
>>By LORD HAACKLAR (Monday, 3 Mar 2003 23:31)
I agree with jack-Slapper-- the Count's voice sounds lik chalk on blackboard, i much preffer burzum instrumentls. but how can u forget he mrdered Euronymous of Mayhem-- 1 of the greates BM bands ever!!!!!!!!
>>By GrishnackhGroupie (Tuesday, 4 Mar 2003 18:24)
Burzum's music is excellent ... Nobody can predict his next album or song. Hes not a chain recorder .... He's unique ..... Everyone should look up and respcet him for who he is not for what hes done .... Indeed it will be exciting to see what Varg comes up with once released from prison. Many heilz \m/ Burzum \m/
>>By HeilTyranny (Saturday, 8 Mar 2003 15:15)
He took it too far, the only difference between varg and manson is the fact that he totally shit his pants after killing euronymous. he just wanted to become a celebrity so bad that he killed. If you look at the photo of him sitting in jail he has totally adopted the aryan front lifestyle ie( shaved head, bomber jacket, SS belt buckle) who's to say though, he could be just wearing this shit so the norwegion aryans don't rape his little black metal ass every night. Hell if it was me I would do everything possible not to get my salad tossed by some aryan motherfucker that looks like magnus magnusson. I believe the only new music that will come out of him will be more aryan based than ever. He will still include references to nature and pagan gods ie (oden) but all in all it will be hate against the non-white. There are more dark and disturbing aspects in this world to be inspired by to create art to but this is my opinion and mine alone.
A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of eternity. I am legend. Richard Matheson.
>>By BLACK NATIVE (Saturday, 8 Mar 2003 17:00)
Salad tosser- ha ha ha, I hear he's the queen bitch of his dorm, Nazi regalia or no. Does a mean Horst Wessel Lied with his mouth wrapped around a big Norwegian schlong.... BTW, Fuck the French!
>>By Jack-SLapper (Monday, 10 Mar 2003 14:29)
Burzum is all the shit from norway, none from the bands from norway would become or ever be like burzum all this fucking shit going on in norway about making black metal more comercial is fucking gay ass fucked shit. Go back too the begginin and start again the supreme black metal that ever be.
Hail Burzum, and fuck the new trendy black metal hordes.
>>By Ceremonio Negro (Saturday, 15 Mar 2003 04:36)
Burzum is all the shit , none of the bands from norway would become or ever be like burzum all this fucking shit going on in norway about making black metal more comercial is fucking gay ass fucked shit. Go back too the begginin and start again the supreme black metal that ever be.
Hail Burzum, and fuck the new trendy black metal hordes.
>>By Ceremonio Negro (Saturday, 15 Mar 2003 04:39)
Varg finally caught on, the whole nazi thing. KILL EVERYONE< WE MUST PRESERVE THE BEAUTIFUL WHITE RACE> NIGGERS ARE TAKING OVER KILL AND KILL AGAIN>i liked det som engang var,
Are you proud to be white?
>>By Nazi youth (Wednesday, 19 Mar 2003 14:28)
I think that he never hate us but we didn't make anything for him
>>By Pest (Wednesday, 19 Mar 2003 17:17)
OK,here is the fact we all are in black metal,
we all adore BURZUM,
we all are trying to live life like he does,
But what about Euronymous,
we all liked Mayhem
The answer continue listening zo Burzum
>>By Burzum (Tuesday, 1 Apr 2003 02:02)
Fuck Varg. Mayhem is da shit.
>>By Tyrone Jefferson (Tuesday, 1 Apr 2003 17:41)
fuck pussy ass mayhem there nothin but some pussys they act like there the real shit like burzum but there pure fuckin shit
>>By mayhem are bitches (Thursday, 3 Apr 2003 16:48)
why the hell are you guys taking it so personal!!
Varg made excellent music, and i do respect him for doing what he feels like, from burning the fucking churches to killing mayhem's asshole.
about that question someone asked recently, "what do burzum fans listen to..". let's see, I listen to Satyricon, Immortal, My Dying Bride, Gehenna, and Opera IX.
when he gets released from prison, and decides to continue playing music, i guess his style will be the same, but with more hatred to express through his songs, because we all know what one feels when his freedom is taken from him, regardless if he deserved it or not.
>>By Impaled (Sunday, 13 Apr 2003 23:22)
Well, here goes. By buying, listening, whatever, you as an individual are not necessarily supporting Varg or his actions. Very little of the actual cash finds its way back to him or his organizations. People who tell you that you are are expressing a capitalistic/democratic fallacy that "One dollar=One vote" (so to speak). So if you buy some obscure blues CD by some old guy who actually did "go an' shoot mah ol' lady" you are "supporting" that? I don't really think this argument holds anymore than those ads on american TV that tell you "If you buy a nickel-bag of weed, you're fueling Osama's evil-towelhead conspiracy". Gimme a break. I like Mayhem and Burzum, musically. Thats where I think peoples focus should be, the creative and expressive side, not the ideological. I'm proud to be white (not as some political category for totalitarean demogogues to abuse, but as just one of the many parts of what I am), but I'm not any different than any black dude who digs reggae and is proud to be black (Marley and Varg...now there's a truly weird contrast). Sure Varg is an outlaw in his country, but lets remember that has very little to do with the total face of the actual music. For instance, anyone is free to state their opinion that Charles Manson's hillbilly folk albums are cool, because they may just happen to like the actual tunes, sound, voice, etc. and not just the image. I guess it all depends on how "open-minded" (I don't like pc words) and how much critical intelligence you have.
The first four albums are indeed essentials not only for black metal people (whatever that means) but also for anyone who can appreciate passionate, dark, trancing music.
Smoke Djarum blacks and drink absinthe...
>>By Da Creep (Monday, 5 May 2003 21:42)
In keeping with what is the true focus of this site, namely, the music of Varg, I'd like to discuss all the diverse elements that make up what some would call the "essentially" Burzum sound. In the guitar caregory, there's definitly a lot of separate influences that come together to form an interesting whole. There's primitive war-stomping Hellhammer-type riffs that are based primarily around power chords, melodious speed riffs like Possessed. There's also the more left-field side, which is based on these very simple coiling folk melodies, fluid arpeggiation, playing around with different disharmonic notes, an approach that seems to come from "classical" (really more in a Baroque or National-Romantik vein). Unfortunately, you don't hear a lot of accoustic guitar (in the future perhaps?) but most Burzum songs do sound good unplugged or around a woodsy bonfire.
Its often difficult, of course, to cover from ear or write proper tablature for covering Burzum songs in this way because of another facet of the sound: overwhelming use of what sounds like tube (possibly pedal also?)-driven distortion that pervades most of the guitar. Add to this the often ingenious use of guitar layering (particularly on Filosifem) and you can often get confused in picking out two or even what seems like three different guitars playing at once. [side-note: this is kind of a mystery, because Varg remarked he never has heard the final mix of the 'jail' album, its entirely possible the 'subliminal' guitars on Filosifem are there on certain tracks, but it is also possible that its only two different guitars creating this effect with the distortion and weird riffing. Use your ears very carefully. Incidental disharmonic melody? ]
Another element in the formation of the unique sound is the "roomy" feel of the production. It seems as though the accoustics of the studio were not quite right, with the corners in the room bringing out a subtle harshness in the otherwise smothered parts of the amp-noise. So, some of the room-noise and echo comes through, but this is a pleasantly suprising help to the foggy, hazy, distant, dreamy vibe that is communicated to a very strong degree. Think of the band St. Vitus for instance! In the demos this quiet rawness is evident just because, but this effect is present even in the album produced at Grieghallen. Of course, the rawness of production is especially present on Filosifem, which was recorded on such short notice, certain guitar and vocal parts were done in jail with a handheld digital recorder, or the vocal parts were done over the telephone(!). This accounts for a lot in that particular albums sound. If you want the same almost-industrial goblin-shrieking vocal sound without the trouble, just mike up to a small tube amp and turn up the treble, overdrive, gain and volume as much as possible. But, I honestly think don't anyone is going to be able to completely duplicate Vargs screams 100%...
The bass work seems to be a little underdeveloped as a result of the conscious or unconscious attempt to minimize the bluesy-"negroid" boogie of Venom/Motorhead/Cro-mags, but is still solid and somewhat free-floating. I believe the more competant bass work on a Burzum album has come from Samoth, as having listened to bootlegged versions of the Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (Mayhem), the bass tracks layed down on these earlies are just not up to par skillwise with Necrobutcher. If anyone thinks I am just spouting some bullshit, listen to the final mix with some decent stereo headphones, or in someones studio. You'll hear 2 bass tracks on some songs, a "lead" bass line (Necrobutcher) and a "buried" line in the background coming from Varg. I believe Vargs bass is turned down on De Mysteriis... as per the request of Euronymous' parents, at least that's what I've heard from Mayhem's band interview, but I have a hard time believing Mayhem would self-censor themselves even in such a little way. Its entirely possible they just turned down Vargs bass on the album because they compromised.
1. Not wanting to disregard his contribution as a past member
2. Wanting to be faithful to the concept Euro had for the album
even though they had some concerns about the quality of those primitive thumps.
Percussion-wise, Burzum is diverse. You have very primitive Darkthronish type beats that have a Hellhammer-playing-polka-at-Oktoberfest character to them, as well as some quite original drum-programming that can really accentuate the tunes. On the early albums you have what seems to be a mix of kit and programmed drumming, sometimes overlapped. Doesn't use traditional blasting at all, really. Almost tribal or New Age sounding, in a metronomic kind of way. With the Filosifem album I don't think the drum machine was properly quantized, so you have a very machinelike almost techno sound. What i do to get close to the drum sound of Burzum is to take some big plastic buckets, put a small pillow in there to muffle the sound just a bit, and then tape a wireless mike in there. ghetto!
Well, thats about all. The keyboard stuff is quite straightforward. I hope I was able to inform the serious freaks out there about what makes up such a killer artistic work.
>>By Da Creep (Monday, 5 May 2003 22:50)
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