The Music of Burzum and the
Writings of Varg Vikernes

Nifelheim magazine interview

Interview done by Marco Lockhorts, the editor of Niflheim magazine. First published in Niflheim magazine, back in 1993. Typed in by Magnus Thor Magnusson 20/04/1996 while staring at the stars.

Burzum = Count Grishnackh, this int. was done before the Count killed Euronymous, it was done shortly after the rumours that Grishnackh signed to Earache. His second full lenght LP/CD is out now on his label as far as I heard it its limited to 1000 but I am not sure, it seems somebody else is taking care of the orders since the Count is (again) in jail, that about it.

Whats the actual line up?

The actual line up is rather simple. Me. I did use a session bass-player on the ASKE mini album (Samoth of Emperor ed.), but I will never to such thing again. I only need a line up for gigs and I have no plans for such an event.

What's the meaning of the words Count Grishnackh and Burzum?

The word Burzum means Darkness translatd from a language forgotten by mortal men. Count Grishnackh means something not to nice so I'll leave you wonder.

Did you play all the instruments by yourself when you recorded Burzum or did you use session members?

On all albums I have done all the instruments myself (exept bass on Aske)..I think it is to late to start to use session musicians now because they will have another style of playing drums, guitars, and so on..it would be totally diffirent band so I drop it. Besides I know how to do it myself. Construction of my ego.

How do you rehearse, isn't it difficult when you are alone in a band?

I play diffirent instruments and put it together in studio.

Are you satisfied with the new mine Lp Aske?

I am satisfied yeah, but it was the second full length album that supposed to be out by now, I guess D.S.P. did not understand that in time. The second LP is recorded in April-'92 and it's getting rather old, it'll be out in September 93 wich is rather late (this will be the LP wich is going to be released on Count Grishnack's own label. ed.).

Can you give us some more info about the third CD of Burzum?

The album that will be out in September is really the second, the "real" full length album, it's getting old and about 99% of the ridicules "black" metal kids have long ago started ripping stuff from that album so when it comes out it'll be old news in the scene, there is already some hundreds clones ones out there...so probably the third album that'll be released is the real third album, the third album is something totally new so I wont tell anything about it, you'll have to hear it when it comes out, that way all the idiots wont be able to ripp off this stuff BEFORE it's out. So why did I not get released when it supposed to be (mid '92)?????? Well, I blame D.S.P. for slow work (so far).

Have you any plans with Burzum to play live?

No not really, maybe a video.

How is it to be in Mayhem, is the LP finished?

I don't do bass in Mayhem anymore, I am Burzum and I only need myself (??).

What about your time in custudy, I heard you got told in court that you were not invloved in church burning yourself but that you said you were to get publicity for the band.

Yes, I told the court that it was a puplicity stunt...luckely they believed me.

What about the black metal scene in Norway and Europe?

I don't care shit about the black metal scene in Europe/Norway, I hate metal freaks. I listen to 2 or three black metal bands all the rest can fuck off!!!!!!

What's your opinion about the band Anus Cunt who just released a demo with the title "Never mind Burzum, here is Anus Cunt"?

I don't think about them. I never heard of the name and I have no interest in any band at all. I know what bands I like and will listen to their music and ignore all the clone-shit-kid bands out there.

What books do you possess about the Occult?

Never mind what books I got, I surely don't possess any book written by Anton "duck" La Vey.

Can a book inspire you to write a lyric?

Yes, a book can probably inspire me to do a lyric.

Can you descrie the area in Norway where you live?

Coastal town surounded by seven mountains on all sides and the sea on the west side, the area wich surounds the town is simple mountains, mountains and more mountains. It almost rains every day and the winds are strong here. My home town is called Bergenand, the name actually means "mountain (s)", only Bergen is real!!!! Death to Norway, Hordaland rules!

What do you do beside Burzum?

Only Burzum is real! There is nothing but Burzum

Last words.

HEIL HITLER.