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Interview with Burzum 1997

Genocide Zine 1997
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------I guess there is no need for a long introduction to the person interviewed below. During the
past year there have been several articles written about Varg Vikernes in norwegian
newspapers. In some of these articles Vargs expressions have been various, and it also seemed
like he always changed his mind. As you might know, newspapers doesn`t always tell you the
truth, therefore I sent Varg some questions and here is his answers.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------Greetings Varg! How is life treating you these days? What do you do to keep yourself
occupied while you`re in jail?
Greetings! Life is treating me as expected, and, whether I like it or not, as I want it to treat
me. We all weave the threads of destiny, for ourselves: in long run the benefit of ourselves. To
keep me occupied I study, write. train and read books.
Not so long ago you were transfered from Bergen to ILA. How is ILA compared to
Bergen? What would you say was the reason behind your transfer? Are they trying to
give you a hard time or what?
Considering ILA is an old concentration camp used by the germans in WW2 (then called
Grini, one of two in Norway. The other one being Falstad in Tr›ndelag in mid-Norway) and
Bergen prison being built in 1991 a.y.p.s. there is an obvious difference. Also considering the
fact that ILA house almost exclusively killers and rapists while Bergen prison house almost
exclusively burglars, car-thieves, petty drugdealers and other "minor scum". The difference is
very obvious. Still if comparing the two there is not much a difference. ILA has been more or
less renovated, and the rules are only slightly more strict. Less drug-problems though, due to
the fact that almost no "drug-criminals" serve here. The reason of my transfer is not totally
clear to me (or anyone else it seems). Yes, someone wants to give me a hard time. Anyway, no
big problem. No complaints. That which does not destroy me, makes me stronger, as
Nietzsche said it.
How would describe your time in Old Funeral and Mayhem? How was it to play in these
The time in Old Funeral was technically and musically very educative. A bit tiresome to play
because nor all of us took it very serious. Never really played in Mayhem. I rehersed with
them some six times, recorded the album with them and that was it. I have heard they
removed my playing later by the way, as Euronymous` parents didn`t want me on "their sons
album". Funny. Anyway, Hellhammer, the drummer if anybody shouldn`t know already, is
(and was) a very good drummer and a nice guy, so I remember more playing with him, than

the mesopotanian aquarius. We still have our argumentative correspondanse. light and other dualities. main inspiration must be Waffen SS. barokk. Why others do the same? I guess they realized the same as I did. That`s a typical norwegian thing. Have there and are there still a strong link between you and Fenriz? About the link between Fenriz and I there is not much to be said. life. nationality. only some know the language.. The strongest links are eyecolour. Not least the mystics around death vs. Inspiration? HM. destruction of the world as it is today. what would Mayhem be without Hellhammers unique drumming? Why have you decided to use norwegian lyrics? Would it be because you`re a nationalist or is there more to it? What do you think is the reason why so many bands from Norway only uses norwegian lyrics? In 1992. So that period we had no contact. annoying vocals and actually variation.. or expect you to do. both old and new. Lyrically: Astral projection. as Paganism.. Influence is classical. I can`t speak for Fenriz. or is it? Where do you get your musical and lyrical inspiration from? Do you have any special source of influence? I am "drugfree". quarrels(private) and the enjoyment of that. making the texts esoteric. quite obviously. folkmusic. but for a year I was isolated in Bergen unable to correspond with rearly anybody. romantic music (Wagners "Der Ring Des Nibelungen" for example) and techno. romantics (national). They even stopped letters from my mother as "nazism". No drugs .. hope. and Fenriz perhaps. . It`s nice to be cross as well. the afterlife. dealing with? Do they have any special theme or topic? They`re all dealing with topics I find interesting. what once was. both without knowing the other one was doing it. This all is what made it so different when it came out in march 1992. but I did it because it felt naturally.. selfworship. do the opposite of what everybody else want you to do.. wrote texts in norwegian. that might be two sides of the same thing. The link must be mutual respect. the occult and mysticism. It sort of suddenly came to me that writing in an alien language was rather stupid. and eternity. Tell me all there is to know both musically and lyrically about following albums: "BURZUM" Musically: Ugly sound. What are your lyrics. Well. both Fenriz and I. and names.with Mayhem.not even Coca Cola or candy. darkness vs. Nationalism had a lot to say on this choice of course. I mean.

Samoth of Emperor. The material on "Hvis Lyset Tar Oss" is different and sometimes more melodic and moody than the older material. and otherwise "thin" sound. what once was. more aggressive vocals. Wotan (he who left us). contempt of the world as it is today. melancholic thinking (contemplation more correct). the loss of mysticism in nature and death. or what? The songs are actually less melodic. first death. most varied album of Burzum this far. music for special occations only. and eternity. seeking death. the queen of night. Musically more simplicity. Recorded half a year before "Aske" in 26 hours. if the light take us. Better drumsound. in a way life itself. Session bass-player. First concept-album. Fairly good. sleep. still it doesn`t sound like the debut or the song on "DSEV" who was made the same year. What would you say is the main difference? Will also "Filosofem" be different from the other albums. even more annoying vocals and more monotonous songs. after a long. Wotan. monotonousness brought to the extreme. dehydrate and hurt us. Calm. I made this album actually to exhaust myself before I go to sleep. The hall and ring of Wotan. "Entrancing" music. about the fact that "gods" adversary is dominant. Done in three hours all in all in studio. Music for solitude and in "melancholic nights". more contemplation. Endurance in drumming. Lyrically: Norway as it once was. "HVIS LYSET TAR OSS" Musically: Speedy yet slow music. hope. a ride towards Valhalla. Lyrically: In right order. floating end. hypnotic. contra the debut`s 19 hours in studio. "DET SOM ENGANG VAR" Musically: Aggressive yet calm. darkness. Wotans hall. contempt of decrepitude. I use a different drum-kit on all .the final track. fall asleep in emptyness . Primitive production. The main difference is the song-length and degree of monotonousness. None of the albums sound the same I think. dying and the memory of what once was. The "Burzum"-track from august 1991 appear on "Filosofem". the light who burns us. but noisy production. respect of the dead pagans. exhausted I sleep. Lyrically: Suicide. the wisdom we had. peace. Lastly the peace of complete emptyness. speedful ride through life. "FILOSOFEM" Musically: Noisy. Lyrically: Praise of darkness. duality. real concept album. and "Filosofem" will be no difference. heavy drums. endurance-drumming. then wondering. Lotsa bass. Time confusive."ASKE" Musically: Fuzzy sound. light vs. the journey to Valhalla. with the exeption of the last track on the "HLTO" album. Also musically. I think (don`t remember for sure actually).

I care no whit about what is trendy and what is not. Wagner. Blood-Axis. So the next album always end up sounding a bit better (in my eyes though). etc. I have half the album recorded and I will continue when I can. With time I will be able to record and release more albums. Will "Filosofem" be the last chapter in the saga of Burzum? Have you got any plans for Burzum? What happens with Burzum now that you`re in jail? After "Filosofem" I will release the "Balders Død" ("The death of Balder") album. ambient. I speak from experience. and other synth/ambient bands? Electronic music. for ages. with exeption of the one used on the debut and on "DSEV". Rinnan Band. Lots of bands have said that they have been listening to Venom. Nacht und Nebel. but they tend to run like chicken if some real trouble arise. be they electronic or not. The guy I killed was "evil" and "satanic" as well. Celtic Frost. Why did you decide to start your own synth/ambient project? What`s your opinion about this style of music. I like what I like. sometime in `97 or late 1996 I think. Bathory. actually I used the same kit on "Aske" as on "HLTO" when I think of it. atmospherical music? Fave "bands" must be Hedningärna. Well. Adolphe Adam. didn`t they come out with material earlier? What do you think is the reason behind it? . Hellhammer. but when asked to I must say it`s quite amuzing. Anybody can be "evil" and "satanic" when they`re home in their kidsrooms answering interviews. In one to two years time I guess.the albums. Goethes Erben. no matter if it`s a trend or not. What would you like to tell me about your new project. Hliðskjálf? How would you describe its music? When will the first Hliðskjálf album be released? Hliðskjálf is the name of a Burzum album I never was able to finish. Pathetic. you bet. Das Ich. Grieg. in your opinion. Well. I have no rush. it didn`t help him much did it? Losers begging for mercy the moment they`re threatened. with more. What do you think of people who claim to be "evil" or "satanic"? I never think of them. It`s together with "Balders Død" a part of a Burzum concept trilogy. Mozart. The music you will hear when it`s released. Why. both metal and non-metal? Do you think it`s becoming a trend to play industrial. I know enough about other bands. Have you got any favorite bands. Also with each production I learn something about sound and production. Vangelis. no ambient/synth style music. Vidkuns Venner.

Or perhaps they were listening to MAX MIX 9 and Madonna until they saw us in the paper one morning? Anyway. a odinist. What`s your opinion about following themes/topics? Nazism: The biological cosmology. or dying in the attempt-like. Fascism: The road to the New Roman Empire. and tactics I call myself a "true pangermanic norwegian". Communism: Just another jewish tool of manipulation. To clear things out. not what they were. a heathen. a racist and a nationalist. It is as you say. the road to Valhalla. +/-now. and weren`t able to produce music earlier. . instead of solving them. a nazist/fascist. This leave you the option to suspect me of being almost anything of the above. Christianity: Just another jewish tool of manipulation. Friedrich Nietzsche: 19th century`s Übermensch mentality. what matters is what they are today. However. Racism: Every race`s natural survivalinstinct. It is what they are today that matters. Paganism: Latin word for non-jewish. What does these persons represent in your eyes? Adolf Hitler: Deutschland. Right? (I agree! You shouldn`t be judged after your past. the only way I can correctly be called a "satanist" is if you intepret the hebrew word "satan" as "the adversary". where do you stand today? What do you consider yourself as? For the sake of simplicity. Heathendom: The germanic paganism. listening to pop music isn`t any more "negroid" than listening to metal-music. all rock `n roll. including their childish fairytail "god". Immigration: Traitors running away from their problems. Nationalism: Necessary. metal music.They`re probably 16-17 years old. -ED!) Besides. so who cares if they do? After all. In the past you have claimed to be a satanist. I am definately an adversary to everything jewish. has its roots in negro-music. That is why I stopped playing metal-music in the first place.

Jewish libido. joy and sorrow. spirit and mind behind the prison bars? Same way as you out there. whatever. Countess Bathory: Stupid slavic bitch. How do you see what people call "the complete evolution"? What is mother earth`s destiny like? The return to a naked singularity.. Aleister Crowley: Jewish libido in practice. . True love is when you`re willing to make sacrifice for a person. Misinterpretation of western magic. a spiritual black death. is necessary. pain increase the enjoyment of the opposite. Romanian victory over the turks. capitalism and hedonism. Charles Manson: New America. hate. without wanting anything in return.S. Anton Z.Sigmund Freud: Jewish libido. What is the beauty of pain to you? How is it possible to find the beauty of pain? Why ask me about that? Anyway.A. american tastelessness.S. Earths destiny? Ask the past. happiness and sorrow? Happiness is an illusion made by mankind. The most constructive emotion? Destruction is construction. Charles Darwin: The theory of evolution. Do you believe in the existance of "true love" and "happiness"? What would you say is the most constructive emotion there is? How do you feel about love. It`s the differences that creates energy. Love and hate. but I don`t believe emotions has got anything to do with that. cause. plastic culture. Joseph Goebbels: Propaganda. The future U. The master of the art. Sounds french to me. so in that sense it`s a "beautiful" thing. in the "illusion of freedom". How are you able to develop body. Marquis de Sade: Never heard of him. Count Dracula: Romantic crap for women. LaVey: U. Tor Erling staff: Liberalism..

but my experience the last year tells me that a lot of people think we are. However my experience taught me that it`s better to kill one to many than one to little in Norway. culture and religion. the judge was a woman and a member of the "workers party" and so on. we have different tasks in this world. and intend to father more such "quality products". -ED!). Prison is a negative thing but as I said. due to censorship. Well. being able to express my opinions. age 3 1/2. it will be even more violent.What is your view on women? How do you feel about sowing the seeds for the next generation? What will the world be like for our children and their children? My view on women. based on the same unique qualities of both sexes. for some time however. That which does not kill me. I could go on and on. Replacing it with greedy degenerated bastards and a fully jewish religion. I actually found the prosecutor/district attorney the least threat. How was the trial against you? Did you get a fair trial? What was done wrong against you? Are you a victim of the inquisition anno the 1990`s? Lets just say the inquisition of the middle ages would be impressed by the one called "system of justice" today. makes me stronger. what is it that you regret? Anything you should have done? No regrets. What about the murder of Euronymous? What effect did this have to the norwegian black metal scene? The killing (not murder) gave the scene a boost. Incredibly as it may seem. based on their unique qualities. However. Lets just say I`m against abortion for some depending on certain qualities of the parents. What about the "freedom of speech"? Does such a thing exist for you and I? Are we extremists because we express ourselves against christianity and immigration? We are not extremists (I don`t think we are either. I find it far more extreme wanting to destroy ones own unique race. Some hints. How do you feel towards the fact that you have to be in jail at least the next 10-11 years? Do you have any regrets towards your own actions? If yes. something the judeo-christian bastards ruling this country don`t like. if they had the chance to see it in function. Freedom of speech exists to a limitid degree. a true norwegian. than wanting to treasure and uphold our own. and I`m in favour of forced abortions for some. and ours of course. They`re equal with us men. This prison is strict. The world is at a turning point. in limiting my freedom of speech. the first psychiatrist was a jew and freemason. blue-eyed daughter. I have a light blond. but not as fanatic as Bergen prison was. with two freemasons and a "christian healer" in it (a guy claiming to see through you and healing you with the help of jesus). I`m a revolutionary in Norway. My defencelawyer was a homosexual. the other one was a communist. sick and cruel. telling . the jury was average age around 70. my "friends" defencelawyer was a freemason witnessing against his own client just to nail me.

or what? What has Burzum got to do with satanism and black metal? (I see it this way. light hair. -ED!). I don`t remember mentioning the black metal scene though (I guess it`s something the journalist took out of the air. and I stopped call myself a satanist. I got to know most of the facts mentioned above after the trial was all over. Due to the fact that it often happens that what is written in newspapers doesnt always tell the truth. and once you even claimed to be a satanist. have never been. . The light of the sun. light skin. present and my future. in norwegian. And of course. by and to true Teutons. Satanism is just another jewish religion. and do you have plans for more books? The book is due for release in april `96. #10 in the end of question one you say. -ED!) I represent the ultimate light. Pulling this show they called a "fair trial". I am what I always have been. You are Burzum.F. The next five questions deals with that article/interview. Why is H. The only thing I knew was the jury`s average age and the stand of the "codefence lawyer". In the interview in Slayer Mag. Wouldn`t this be a contradiction in term when you still get paid for your Burzum albums? Do you reject your own past? Do you hate your past.. but I guess you got the point. Why do you want to fight satanism and the black metal scene? Why do you want to tear apart the satanic ideology and make satanists look ridiculous? I fight everything alien to our culture. and i quote: "I don`t view rock `n roll as the roots of my Black Metal. including christianity (satanism). race and religion. aye. simply because I understood that I am not. See answer above for more details. When will your book "Vargsmal" be published. More books will come frome me. needed? You will know when we want you to know. The 29th of august 1995 I read an article/interview with Varg in the norwegian newspaper "Dagbladet".". light everywhere.H.about this incredible inquisition. is for. -ED!) Old Burzum is metal music alright.N. but whats "black" about it? (In case you don`t remember I can tell you. and never will be. I am proud of my past..F. It will be translated into both english and german. What can you tell me about "Norsk Hedensk Front"? N. I wanted to hear what Varg had to say about this. the darkness of everything jewish.

Wotans heer. but you`re right it was used experimentally and during a period death was a "favour topic". Some also claim it stands for wisdom. How do you feel about this label? What makes it so great? I guess Diamanda treat you with respect. without defects. or what? Corpsepaint? I used it ritually as warpaint. and according to the Norse mythology Heimdallr were born of nine sisters.. A way which makes it possible to eliminate undesirable genetic material.What`s your opinion of the use of corpsepaint? Was your use of this only an experiment when you were in a depressive period of your life. The sale rates goes up as the distribution increase. Enough of that. and landscape which goes from north of Trondheim to the polarcircle (the north one). Wotan: One of Odins many names. This also makes it possible to control and create a superior race.. The last words are yours. with german efficiency. Thule: The name of the occult sect I believe Hitler was a part of. What does the following mean to you: Eugenics: Genetic manipulation. Valhalla: Odins hall where warriors who fall in battle will live. This in connection to Źsgardsreien. Ask Diamanda about this.000 of each release. And I have no idea how much they have sold. Burzum is signed to Misanthropy Records(UK). Okay. Two pages worth checking out? . Some believe this island really existed until it went under water. the army of undead warriors. Burzum has sold some 20. so I have no plans signing to any other label. Hail Wotan! Meine Ehre heisst Treue. nine: This number goes again and again in actions taken by the Vikings. Finally we have reached the end of this rather long interview. How has your albums been selling and will you stick to this label in the future? Diamanda of misanthropy is doing a very good job. Also we let labels in South America. and it also makes it possible to diagnose genetic defects in the unborn. I don`t really know anything for sure. End this as you wish to end it. Now that I have asked so many questions I give you the opportunety to ask me whatever you want. The number. but as this is old numbers and all the albums are still selling it`s hard to tell. Atlantis: legendary island in the Atlantic ocean. Thule is also another name for Greenland. Japan and Poland print and sell the albums in their own format/versions.

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