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).

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24 Years Ago: Fantoft Stavkyrkje Burns (Norwegian Church Arson 1992) Photos

The first ancient monument to fall at the hands of Norway’s black metal underground was the 12th Century Stave Church in Fana, Bergen.

BURZUM “Aske” T-shirts & Hoodies
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Foto: Arne Ristesund
Firefighters take a break after battling the flames. Foto: Arne Ristesund

The church was destroyed by arson on Saturday 6 June 1992. A photograph of the charcoal skeleton was used as the cover for BURZUM’s Aske EP in March 1993. Aske was released after the 1993 Bergens Tidende newspaper interview with Vikernes which covered several of the Norwegian church burnings and brought immediate police attention. He was charged with the Fantoft arson during the 1994 trial but was not found guilty for that particular act.

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Foto: Arne Ristesund

I was never convicted for grave desecration, as many seems to believe, or for kindling the Fantoft Stave Church. They had no dumb metal head who could lie and tell them that he had joined me in burning that church, like in the other cases, so they had absolutely no evidence against me in that context whatsoever, and I even had an alibi, as a girl from Oslo had spent the night with me. (Yet my “defense” lawyer didn’t even bother to ask her to testify in my defense!) The charge was all based in hearsay. Still, when the jury didn’t find me guilty of burning down the Fantoft Stave Church the main judge was so angry she claimed that it was “obvious” that I had done that too, but it wouldn’t really matter, as I would get maximum penalty anyway – and amazingly she said that before the three judges and jury members had even begun discussing the penalty, so obviously they had decided on forehand that I should get 21 years no matter what. – Varg Vikernes, A Burzum Story

Incoming: ForeBears – Varg Vikernes Documentary / Experimental Film

ForeBears is an amateur and experimental motion film about the prehistoric Bear Cult and the Neanderthal case.

Varg VIKERNES embarks on a spiritual journey back in time, to the Stone Age (around 30 000 BC) to a previous life. He sees the distant past through the eyes of his former self, and doing so understands the meaning of the forgotten bear cult rituals, that still influences the modern mind. He discovers that these age-old rituals are the roots to all philosophies, traditions and religions.

The soundtrack is composed by Varg Vikernes containing previous unpublished recordings. Music from the soundtrack will form part of the new Burzum album Sol Austan, Mani Vestan (East of the Sun, West of the Moon). Available soon from the Todestrieb Distro:
Burzum – Sol Austan Mani Vestan (Digipack – Byelobog Productions)
Burzum – Sol Austan Mani Vestan (DLP – Back on Black)

I am the same Osiris, dwelling in the mountain of Amenta. Stand up, therefore, O Horus; Osiris hath counted thee among the gods. I have become worthy of honour by reason of his honour. I am formed out of the atoms of all the gods.

Let not my heart be taken away from me !

Rape of Proserpina - Ulpiano Checa

Incoming: Burzum – Sol Austan Mani Vestan (New Ambient Album)

A new Burzum album has been announced for 27 May 2013. Sol Austan, Mani Vestan (East of the Sun, West of the Moon) will be an instrumental, ambient album with several songs also featured on the new film/documentary ForeBears’.

Sol Austan, Mani Vestan (East of the Sun, West of the Moon) is the 11th album from Burzum and a return to a purely electronic and instrumental expression. Sol Austan, Mani Vestan is different from all the older albums, and yet similar to all of them, and is in style more than anything similar to the oldest ambient music of Burzum, like the tracks Tomhet, Han Som Reiste and Channelling the Power of Minds Into a New God. Sol Austan, Mani Vestan is inspired by and made for the ForeBears movie by Marie Cachet and Varg Vikernes, where much of the Scaldic music from Sol Austan, Mani Vestan appears, only in unmastered form, as a soundtrack.

Sol Austan, Mani Vestan will feature almost an hour of instrumental electronic music, that can best be described as relaxing, slow-paced, contemplative and very much original. I have still not been able to leave behind the Pagan religious-spiritual concept of a descent into darkness and the following ascend back into the light; the Pagan initiation, the elevation of man to the divine, the enlightenment of the mind, the feeding of the elven light in man.

Burzum – Sol Austan Mani Vestan (Digipack – Byelobog Productions)

Burzum – Sol Austan Mani Vestan (DLP – Back on Black)

Burzum - Umskiptar (Cover Design Artwork)

Burzum – Umskiptar (New Burzum Album coming May 2012)

Burzum‘s new album is scheduled for release on the 21st of May, 2012 and will be entitled Umskiptar.

The uninspired official marketing text describes the music as “…not like any of the older Burzum albums, and yet similar to all of them.” It will contain “traditional metal music” and more “experimental music” possibly in addition to the intro/outro. Umskiptar will be released on CD (Jewel case and Digibook) and Vinyl Double LP (Grey and Black editions).

Tracklisting:

Blóðstokkinn – Soaked in Blood
Jóln – Deities
Alfadanz – Elven Dance
Hit helga Tré – The sacred Tree
Æra – Honour
Heiðr – Esteem
Valgaldr- Song of the Fallen
Galgviðr – Gallow Forest
Surtr Sunnan – Black from the South
Gullaldr – Golden Age
Níðhöggr – Attack from Below

The lyrics on “Umskiptar” are all taken from a Norse poem, Völuspá.
“The “Umskiptar” album is also a return-to-the-roots album for me, with a strong focus on atmosphere and wholeness rather than anything else. The vocals on this one however are more important than on any other album, with a total of 66 stanzas, some of them even repeated a few times, making up the lyrics of the album. The vocals are very important for the special atmosphere and are more important than on any other Burzum album, and more varied too – and as honest as it gets”.
The concept of the album is “Umskiptar” (English = “Metamorphoses”), a deeply rooted European (i.e. Pagan) Stoic concept of changes. This concept was chosen in a world heading for a new Ice Age, and can therefore also be seen as critique of all the popular political movements of our age of lies”. (V.V.)

Official Burzum Website Release Page with Lyrics