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Recorded in March 1993 and released in January 1996, Filosofem is a definitive statement of Burzum’s career. True to its title—a Norwegian word for “a philosophical statement, theorem, or axiom”—the album was recorded in 17 hours on the cheapest possible equipment. Sole group member Varg Vikernes didn’t even use a real amplifier. Instead, he plugged into his brother’s stereo, treated it with some borrowed fuzz pedals, and requested that the studio technician supply him with the cheapest possible microphone. The aesthetic was a deliberate rebuke of metal’s insistence on technical superiority and high-end equipment. Varg wanted to upend all convention. He recorded everything on Filosofem in one take and argued that any mistakes made the music more “pure and natural,” qualities he considered more important than technical perfection. The guitar tone here is unlike anything else you’ll find. Icy and fiery all at once, it's a sound that incinerates anything it contacts. Though Varg’s high-speed drumming lights up “Jesus’ Tod,” the rest of the album forms a shimmering nightmare that only seems to gain strength as it slows its pace.

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Possibly his Best Album.

This is a great album. Its a black metal classic. For those who don't know Filosofem means Philosophy in the norwegian language. Again for those who don't know Burum means darkness in orcish or the black speech of mordor. Burzum's lyrics are mostly about the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

Through the forests of old.

This is a MUST own for any fan of Burzum or black metal. 'Erblicket die Töchter des Firmaments' is one of the best songs on this album, very awsome lyrics. Over all this album is truely amazing.

It's Burzum, Buy it NOW!!!!

Old School Black Metal, nuff said.


Formed: Bergen, Norway

Genre: Death Metal/Black Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Burzum is the one-man project of Varg Vikernes (born Christian Vikernes, aka Count Grishnackh), perhaps the most notorious figure in Norwegian black metal. Although Burzum had an unpredictably experimental bent -- encompassing black metal, industrial, electronic, and dark ambient music -- Vikernes will forever be associated with his conviction for the 1993 murder of former Mayhem bandmate Euronymous. It wasn't the first time Vikernes had run afoul of the law; he had been a suspect in arsons directed...
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