21 Years Ago: BURZUM release Filosofem on Misanthropy Records

The other unreleased full-lenght album of BURZUM is «Filosofem-» meaning “disparaging assertion proposed in a philosophical erudite language,” with songs like «Burzum- the Spirit of Aether,» «Beholding the Daughters of the Firmament,» «Circumambulation of the Transcendental Pillar of Singularity,» and «Filosofem.» Very weird and original production. The best I have ever done. Release date scheduled sometime in late 1994 or early 1995.
– Varg Vikernes / Burzum interview, Witchcraft Magazine #3, 1994

This interview is from early 1994 – a few months before the trial – and the release date did slip. Filosofem was eventually released on this day in 1996 by nearby (Hadleigh) Misanthropy Records.
The initial release was an A5 hardback digibook CD limited to 5000 and double-LP gatefold etched vinyl. Followed by an A5 digipak edition.

Filosofem related:
BURZUMFilosofem (T-Shirt)
BURZUM – Filosofem (Full Zip Hoodie)
BURZUM – Pocket Logo / Filosofem (Full Zip Hoodie)
BURZUM – Filosofem (LP)
BURZUM – Filosofem (CD)
BURZUM – Filosofem (Flag)
BURZUM – Filosofem (Badge)

A video was made for the song Burzum (Dunkelheit) and released on VHS by Misanthropy that February. David Palser worked on it, his other credits include the two early IMMORTAL videos Blashyrkh and Grim and Frostbitten Kingdoms.

Burzum (Dunkelheit) is one of the earliest BURZUM songs, originally recorded for Hvis Lyset Tar Oss but discarded (see the video below).