History Music / Burzum

2nd Feb '17 10:36:21 PM gewunomox
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* EitherOrTitle: Sort of. There are two sets of titles for the songs on ''Filosofem''. One generally (with the exception of "Burzum", which is in the BlackSpeech of Mordor) matches the language of the lyrics (if there are any), meaning they're either in English or Norwegian (the first instrumental has a Norwegian title, while the second has an English one). The other set is in German. As mentioned above, the German titles are more commonly used, though Vikernes considers the Black Speech/English/Norwegian titles to be more accurate. The lyrics also feature German translations.

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* EitherOrTitle: Sort of. There are two sets of titles for the songs on ''Filosofem''. One generally (with the exception of "Burzum", which is in the BlackSpeech of Mordor) matches the language of the lyrics (if there are any), meaning they're either in English or Norwegian (the first instrumental has a Norwegian title, while the second has an English one). The other set is in German. As mentioned above, the German titles are more commonly used, though Vikernes considers the Black Speech/English/Norwegian Speech / English / Norwegian titles to be more accurate. The lyrics also feature German translations.
21st Dec '16 9:28:36 PM CassandraLeo
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* {{Instrumentals}}: Up to half of his work, really.

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* {{Instrumentals}}: Up to half of his work, really. Several of his albums have no lyrics at all.



* MetalScream: Type 3, mostly.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot: His GenreShift to dark ambient came about because for the duration of his sentence the prison guards refused to allow him record with guitars and basses, only allowing him a keyboard. Yes, prisons in Norway ''do'' allow inmates to record dark ambient albums that because in most of Europe detention is meant to be rehabilitative rather than punishing/torturous.

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* Myth/NorseMythology: The most common lyrical theme.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: His (first) GenreShift to dark ambient came about because for the duration of his sentence the prison guards refused to allow him to record with guitars and basses, only allowing him a keyboard. Yes, prisons in Norway ''do'' allow inmates to record dark ambient albums that because in most of Europe detention is meant to be rehabilitative rather than punishing/torturous.



* SopranoAndGravel: While most of his vocals are the typical HarshVocals of black metal, there are occasional sung or spoken parts thrown in for variety and effect.

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* SopranoAndGravel: While most of his vocals are the typical HarshVocals of black metal, there are occasional sung or spoken parts thrown in for variety and effect. ''Umskiptar'' actually contains more clean singing than metal screams.
21st Dec '16 9:25:17 PM CassandraLeo
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* BilingualBonus: While he has a few English lyrics, most of his songs are in his native Norwegian. Also, the most commonly used versions of the song titles on ''Filosofem'' are all in German, although the lyrics themselves are in English ("Dunkelheit", "Erblicket die Töchter des Firmaments") and Norwegian ("Jesus' Tod", "Gebrichlichkeit I"). There are German translations of the song lyrics in the liner notes, though.

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* BilingualBonus: While he has a few English lyrics, most of his songs are in his native Norwegian. Norwegian, and ''Umskiptar'' has lyrics in Old Norse (taken from a poem entitled ''Völuspá''). Also, the most commonly used versions of the song titles on ''Filosofem'' are all in German, although the lyrics themselves are in English ("Dunkelheit", "Erblicket die Töchter des Firmaments") Firmaments", "Gebrichlichkeit I") and Norwegian ("Jesus' Tod", "Gebrichlichkeit I").Tod"). There are German translations of the song lyrics in the liner notes, though.


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* BlackSpeech: The band name means "Darkness" in the Black Speech of Mordor.


Added DiffLines:

* EitherOrTitle: Sort of. There are two sets of titles for the songs on ''Filosofem''. One generally (with the exception of "Burzum", which is in the BlackSpeech of Mordor) matches the language of the lyrics (if there are any), meaning they're either in English or Norwegian (the first instrumental has a Norwegian title, while the second has an English one). The other set is in German. As mentioned above, the German titles are more commonly used, though Vikernes considers the Black Speech/English/Norwegian titles to be more accurate. The lyrics also feature German translations.


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* GratuitousGerman: As mentioned above, the most commonly used set of titles on ''Filosofem''.
27th Jul '16 9:42:23 PM gewunomox
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[[caption-width-right:350:Such a nice young man, that Varg...]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Such [[caption-width-right:350: Such a nice young man, that Varg...]]



-->-- '''Varg Vikernes,'''

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-->-- '''Varg Vikernes,'''
Vikernes'''



Burzum is a one-man studio project by Norwegian black metal musician Varg Vikernes, notorious within music history for church burnings, the killing of Music/{{Mayhem}}'s guitarist Euronymous, and being a white nationalist. Burzum is also the TropeMaker for ambient black metal.

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Burzum is a one-man studio project by Norwegian black metal musician Varg Vikernes, notorious within music history for church burnings, the killing of Music/{{Mayhem}}'s guitarist Euronymous, and being a white nationalist. Burzum is also the TropeMaker {{Trope Maker|s}} for ambient black metal.






!!Varg Vikernes and his music provide the following trope examples:

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!!Varg
!! Varg
Vikernes and his music provide the following trope examples:



* BrownNote: The music is intended as a real life example of this trope - Vikernes envisions each Burzum album as a kind of "spell" to be listened to while the listener is lying in bed, such that by the end of the album they will be sent to sleep. YMMV as to whether he succeeded in this goal.
* CloudCuckooLander: This is particularly evident at his trial. The faces he makes in the file photos don't look like he's taking it very seriously.

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* BrownNote: The music is intended as a real life example of this trope - -- Vikernes envisions each Burzum album as a kind of "spell" to be listened to while the listener is lying in bed, such that by the end of the album they will be sent to sleep. YMMV as to whether he succeeded in this goal.
* CloudCuckooLander: {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: This is particularly evident at his trial. The faces he makes in the file photos don't look like he's taking it very seriously.



** Although he claims that many of Euronymous's "stab wounds" were actually inflicted by broken glass he threw him down upon (not ''entirely'' implausible, considering several of these wounds were on the soles of his feet).

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** Although he claims that many of Euronymous's Euronymous' "stab wounds" were actually inflicted by broken glass he threw him down upon (not ''entirely'' implausible, considering several of these wounds were on the soles of his feet). feet).
29th Jun '16 4:43:44 PM Anddrix
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%%'''NOTE:''' Varg Vikernes is a [[BaseBreaker pretty polarising fellow]], so please keep a neutral perspective and remember the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement.

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%%'''NOTE:''' Varg Vikernes is a [[BaseBreaker pretty polarising fellow]], fellow, so please keep a neutral perspective and remember the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement.
8th Jun '16 9:22:58 PM gewunomox
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Burzum is a one-man studio project by Norwegian black metal musician Varg Vikernes, notorious within music history for church burnings, the killing of {{Mayhem}}'s guitarist Euronymous, and being a white nationalist. Burzum is also the TropeMaker for ambient black metal.

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Burzum is a one-man studio project by Norwegian black metal musician Varg Vikernes, notorious within music history for church burnings, the killing of {{Mayhem}}'s Music/{{Mayhem}}'s guitarist Euronymous, and being a white nationalist. Burzum is also the TropeMaker for ambient black metal.
21st May '16 6:00:27 AM CassandraLeo
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* BilingualBonus: While he has a few English lyrics, most of his songs are in his native Norwegian. Also, the most commonly used versions of the song titles on ''Filosofem'' are all in German, although the lyrics themselves are in English ("Dunkelheit", "Erblicket die Töchter des Firmaments") and Norwegian ("Jesus' Dod", "Gebrichlichkeit I"). There are German translations of the song lyrics in the liner notes, though.

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* BilingualBonus: While he has a few English lyrics, most of his songs are in his native Norwegian. Also, the most commonly used versions of the song titles on ''Filosofem'' are all in German, although the lyrics themselves are in English ("Dunkelheit", "Erblicket die Töchter des Firmaments") and Norwegian ("Jesus' Dod", Tod", "Gebrichlichkeit I"). There are German translations of the song lyrics in the liner notes, though.
26th Apr '16 3:12:07 PM CassandraLeo
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* {{Ambient}}: An influence on his black metal work, and his non-metal stuff usually falls into this genre.



* BlackMetal: ''Dauði Baldrs'', ''Hliðskjálf'', ''Sôl austan, Mâni vestan'', and ''The Ways of Yore'' are straight-up electronic albums, but the rest of Varg's material is black metal.

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* BlackMetal: ''Dauði Baldrs'', ''Hliðskjálf'', ''Sôl austan, Mâni vestan'', and ''The Ways of Yore'' are straight-up electronic albums, but the rest of Varg's material is black metal.metal (although there is usually at least one ambient song on most of the black metal albums, too).



* EpicInstrumentalOpener: A lot of his songs take several minutes before the vocals enter. "Det som en gang var" may be the best example of this.



* {{Instrumentals}}: Up to half of his work, really.



** He also put a picture of the burned down Fantoft Stave Church on the cover of his EP Aske (Ashes). And this worked. He was convicted of burning down 3 other churches, but found not guilty of burning down the Fantoft Stave Church.
* SelfTitledAlbum

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** He also put a picture of the burned down burned-down Fantoft Stave Church on the cover of his EP Aske ''Aske'' (Ashes). And this worked. He was convicted of burning down 3 other churches, but found not guilty of burning down the Fantoft Stave Church.
* SelfTitledAlbumRockMeAsmodeus: Vikernes has criticised the prevalence of this trope in BlackMetal, claiming ([[JerkassHasAPoint mostly correctly]]) that there were no genuine historical examples of Satan worship; all recorded historical examples before around the 20th century prove to have been pagan practices that were literally demonised. However, he played this straight early in his career with songs such as "Dominus Sathanas" and "As Flittermice as Satans Spys" (a Music/{{Darkthrone}} song for which he wrote lyrics). He claims that these songs were using Satanic imagery as a metaphor for Odin.
* SelfTitledAlbum: ''Burzum''.



* SpokenWordInMusic

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* SpokenWordInMusicSpokenWordInMusic: This doesn't show up all that often, but some of his songs use it.



* TitleTrack: Somewhat confusingly, ''Det som engang var'' does not feature the track "Det som en gang var" (note the slight spelling difference): that song didn't make an appearance until his next album, ''Hvis lyset tar oss''.

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* TitleTrack: Somewhat confusingly, ''Det som engang var'' does not feature the track "Det som en gang var" (note the slight spelling difference): that song didn't make an appearance until his next album, ''Hvis lyset tar oss''. Played straight on ''Hvis lyset tar oss'', ''Dauði Baldrs'', and ''The Ways of Yore'', and PlayedWith on ''Sôl austan, Mâni vestan'' (which has two songs featuring each half of the title). The others avert it completely. (Note that he also had a ''song'' originally named "Burzum", which does not appear on his SelfTitledAlbum; it was retitled "Dunkelheit" and appears on ''Filosofem'').
8th Sep '15 2:57:41 PM CassandraLeo
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* BlackMetal: ''Dauði Baldrs'', ''Hliðskjálf'', and ''Sôl austan, Mâni vestan'' are straight-up electronic albums, but the rest of Varg's material is black metal.

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* BlackMetal: ''Dauði Baldrs'', ''Hliðskjálf'', and ''Sôl austan, Mâni vestan'' vestan'', and ''The Ways of Yore'' are straight-up electronic albums, but the rest of Varg's material is black metal.
13th Apr '15 11:57:50 AM CassandraLeo
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* IAmTheBand: As stated in the opening sentence, Varg Vikernes is the only member of Burzum. Considering how well his last attempt at playing in a band with other people went, this is probably for the best.

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* IAmTheBand: As stated in the opening sentence, Varg Vikernes is the only member of Burzum. Considering [[MurderIsTheBestSolution how well well]] his [[Music/{{Mayhem}} last attempt attempt]] at playing in a band with other people went, this is probably for the best.
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