History Music / Burzum

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.
13th Apr '15 11:56:33 AM CassandraLeo
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* LoudnessWar: All of the metal albums he's released since he got out of prison is painfully clipped. He claimed that ''Fallen'' was going to be mastered "as if it was classical music", but it got a dismal [=DR6=] (worse than the preceding album ''Belus''[=' DR7=]), which begs the question of what kind of classical music Varg listens to. It doesn't help, either, that the vinyl edition of at least ''Belus'' used the same master as the CD. Reissues of his old stuff remain just as dynamic as they ever were, however (a typical score on one of his '90s albums being [=DR10=]). While some sources claimed the albums would be getting remastered, the reissues when they came out had the same dynamic range they always have and sounded pretty much the same in other respects as well. His post-prison ambient albums have also been exceptions, with both releases as of 2015 coming in at [=DR10=].

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* LoudnessWar: All of the metal albums he's released since he got out of prison is are painfully clipped. He claimed that ''Fallen'' was going to be mastered "as if it was classical music", but it got a dismal [=DR6=] (worse than the preceding album ''Belus''[=' DR7=]), which begs the question of what kind of classical music Varg listens to. It doesn't help, either, that the vinyl edition of at least ''Belus'' used the same master as the CD. Reissues of his old stuff remain just as dynamic as they ever were, however (a typical score on one of his '90s albums being [=DR10=]). While some sources claimed the albums would be getting remastered, the reissues when they came out had the same dynamic range they always have and sounded pretty much the same in other respects as well. His post-prison ambient albums have also been exceptions, with both releases as of 2015 coming in at [=DR10=].
13th Apr '15 11:56:17 AM CassandraLeo
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* LoudnessWar: Everything he's done since he got out of prison is painfully clipped. He claimed that ''Fallen'' was going to be mastered "as if it was classical music", but it got a dismal [=DR6=] (worse than the preceding album ''Belus''[=' DR7=]), which begs the question of what kind of classical music Varg listens to. It doesn't help, either, that the vinyl edition of at least ''Belus'' used the same master as the CD. Reissues of his old stuff remain just as dynamic as they ever were, however (a typical score on one of his '90s albums being [=DR10=]). While some sources claimed the albums would be getting remastered, the reissues when they came out had the same dynamic range they always have and sounded pretty much the same in other respects as well.

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* LoudnessWar: Everything All of the metal albums he's done released since he got out of prison is painfully clipped. He claimed that ''Fallen'' was going to be mastered "as if it was classical music", but it got a dismal [=DR6=] (worse than the preceding album ''Belus''[=' DR7=]), which begs the question of what kind of classical music Varg listens to. It doesn't help, either, that the vinyl edition of at least ''Belus'' used the same master as the CD. Reissues of his old stuff remain just as dynamic as they ever were, however (a typical score on one of his '90s albums being [=DR10=]). While some sources claimed the albums would be getting remastered, the reissues when they came out had the same dynamic range they always have and sounded pretty much the same in other respects as well. His post-prison ambient albums have also been exceptions, with both releases as of 2015 coming in at [=DR10=].
2nd Apr '15 1:21:17 AM CassandraLeo
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* LoudnessWar: Everything he's done since he got out of prison is painfully clipped. He claimed that ''Fallen'' was going to be mastered "as if it was classical music", but it got a dismal [=DR6=] (worse than the preceding album ''Belus''[=' DR7=]), which begs the question of what kind of classical music Varg listens to. It doesn't help, either, that the vinyl edition of at least ''Belus'' used the same master as the CD. Reissues of his old stuff remain just as dynamic as they ever were, however (a typical score on one of his '90s albums being [=DR10=]).

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* LoudnessWar: Everything he's done since he got out of prison is painfully clipped. He claimed that ''Fallen'' was going to be mastered "as if it was classical music", but it got a dismal [=DR6=] (worse than the preceding album ''Belus''[=' DR7=]), which begs the question of what kind of classical music Varg listens to. It doesn't help, either, that the vinyl edition of at least ''Belus'' used the same master as the CD. Reissues of his old stuff remain just as dynamic as they ever were, however (a typical score on one of his '90s albums being [=DR10=]). While some sources claimed the albums would be getting remastered, the reissues when they came out had the same dynamic range they always have and sounded pretty much the same in other respects as well.
2nd Apr '15 1:19:50 AM CassandraLeo
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* TitleTrack: Somewhat confusingly, ''Det som engang var'' does not feature the track "Det som engang var": 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 engang var": en gang var" (note the slight spelling difference): that song didn't make an appearance until his next album, ''Hvis lyset tar oss''.
3rd Mar '15 10:33:15 AM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:Such a nice young man, that Varg...]]



->'''Varg Vikernes,'''

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





[[quoteright:345:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/postmoarvargs_5482.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Such a nice young man, that Varg...]]






* StageNames: Originally, Varg was known as "Count [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Grishnackh]]".

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* StageNames: Originally, Varg was known as "Count [[Literature/LordOfTheRings [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Grishnackh]]".


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