Burzum- demo II (1991)


This second Burzum demo marked the crystalization Black Metal as a genre. This recording is low, muddy and the production quality is poor, all of which adds to the feeling. Many people don’t like the low recording, bitching and complaining… Which is cool. Some people like the clean radio sound and sitting down to pee.

Either way, this demo represents the moment when black metal emerges from the sub genre of death metal/ metal as a distinct separate genre with tremolo guitar riffs and shrieked vocals.


Burzum- Belus (2010)

This is Burzum’s first album after being released from prison and is unbelievable. It has been called the best metal album of the past decade by more than a few people.
Best Metal album, not even limiting it to Black Metal, is a pretty strong statement. Normally, I would try and refute such an obviously absurd statement, however, I can not readily think of another metal album that is as good as this, not even Ride the Lightening.
Yes, I dared to say it. Burzum is better than Metallica. Yes, Varg’s crazy ass playing all instruments, blows Metallica totally, utterly, and completely, out of the water. This one album makes Metallica and their entire discography look like the BS-Corporate-America-Metal that it really is.
This album is about the Norwegian Sun god, Baldr, and his daily trek across the sky. Belus is one if the oldest names for this god. Originally the album was to be entitled “The White God”, however, that name was deemed to be politically incorrect.



Burzum- Burzum (1992)

Burzum is Varg Vikernes’ solo project, before he murdered Euronymous (of Mayhem), who oddly enough does the guitar solo in War.
The life sentence in Norway was raised from 16 to 21 years because of Varg, in addition to killing Euronymous he was also convicted of burning four ancient churches to the ground and when he was initially arrested he was found with 300 pounds of explosives, tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition and a two year supply of food.
Vikernes claims that he shouldn’t have been convicted of arson because no one actually saw him set the fires.
Supposedly he was also planning on bombing a Communist Punk squat (basically an old vacant building full of smelly punk rock kids who just want to pan-handle and be bums), which is cool, I mean, at least he was trying to make the world a better place.
Either way Burzum is classic, in every sense of the word, likely the strongest single influence in all of Black Metal. After his release from prison Bulrus was released and is easily the best metal album of the past ten years.
Here is the wiki article explaining the rest of that story for those who don’t already know.


Burzum official site