Interview in Heresy zine (winter 1997)
INTERVIEW WITH BURZUM (HERESY ZINE #3)
BURZUM is undoubtedly, one of the finest creations ever to
emerge in the extreme metal scene, and now the man behind this notorious endeavour, Varg Vikernes brings forth 'Dauši
Baldrs', a complete Pagan oriented experience. Radically
different to all Varg's previous compositions, 'Dauši Baldrs'
is a unique creation from a unique and outspoken man. The
Jailhouse Rock album? Read on and discover...
Q. When Filosofem was released, there was a great deal of hype, claiming this was the album recorded in the Bergen prison. However, it was Balder's Dod that was recorded is that correct?
was recorded in March`93, as stated on the back of the cover. Since I was
imprisoned because of a killing that took place in August the same year, it is
pretty obvious that Filosefem was not recorded in prison. Yes, you are right,
it was Dauši Balder (Balder's Death) that was recorded in Bergen prison. (Note:
The interviewer is not of the belief that Filosofem was recorded in prison,
that is obvious even to he. The question implies that Filosofem was 'hyped' as
being so, despite all obvious evidence otherwise. The question was intended to
clear all 'rumours'of this nature. ED)
Q. Had Euronymous never been murdered, and you never incarnated, what would Balder's Dod have been? Would Balder's Dod in fact never ever been conceivable had these events never occured?
was never murdered, he was killed as a result of his failed attack on me.
Anyway, it is impossible to know what would have happened IF something that
happened, had not happened after all. However, Burzum has nothing to do with
what has happened to me in the last four years, so Dauši Baldr's would have
been conceivable anyway. I believe in destiny -there has never been any
alternative to what has happened- so I think the thought play is rather
meaningless. Too many IF's.
Q. I recall that this particular album was to be released, not as Burzum but under another moniker (Lidskjawl or Hlišskjalf). Why did you choose to issue Balder's Dod as Burzum, and although most of Burzum's audience would be familiar with the ambient/synth side that has always belonged to Burzum, I can't help but wonder if it will alienate the people?
is the name of the second Burzum album in the
trilogy about the Ęsir. I saw no point in adding another band name, or project name, to the mile long list of bands already out there. If the album alienates the dreamers, we should all be happy.
Q. Hlišskjalf, as I understand it, is the throne of Odin. These
orchestrations of Varg Vikernes have also described as Norse Germanic pagan music. Considering that were always ready to point out that Burzum had no influence from rock 'n' roll, how is this description any different from the earlier Burzum orchestrations... Better phrased, can somebody obtain any insight into the music of Burzum simple through verbal descriptions?
Perhaps, I do not know. What do you think? (I think that is is I who are asking the questions. For me to have conceived this concept, I would most likely have read Varg's thoughts on this subject, and wanted to probe it further.-ED)
Q. I can't imagine that Varg would ever been concerned with the degrees of 'pleasure' that an individual could extract from the Burzum orchestrations, but assuming that you were, how has prison life changed this view?
Nothing changes nothing.
In the past, you have described Burzum as 'A dream without
holds in reality, it is to stimulate the fantasy of mortals,
to make them dream'. Would you say that this was still the
case, and what elements of Balder's Dod apply to this
Balder's Death is meant to stimulate mortal's ability to think
beyond the normally accepted 'truths', to make them think for
themselves. Dreams change nothing. Thoughts change nothing either, but perhaps the next album will stimulate mortal's will to act? We need no more dreams. We need no more dreamers. We need people who think, act, and people who know what they are doing. Nothing changes nothing right? The will to act changes everything!
Q. That it was mistletoe that killed Balder, is this to say that
the seemingly innocent, as described by Balders mother Frigg, can actually be the most destructive?
The seemingly innocent IS the most destructive! However, to
the people who think this seemingly innocent mistletoe
manifests itself as what it really is. To the fools, this
parasite on the tree of life is ignored. 'Poor' mistletoe.
Q. With whom do you identify most with in this event? With Loki, the villain, with Odin, with Balders brother Hod? And Why?
about Balder's Death is a metaphore, where the Ęsir are used as pictures for
different sides of the human psyche. In this myth, the meaning of life (Balder)
is killed. Logic (Loki) finds a problem, and wishes to solve it with no
consideration of the consequences this will lead to. Loki asks our pure of heart (Frigg) if there is anything that can hurt Balder. She revelas that the seemingly innocent mistletoe -a parasite on Yggdrasil (the tree of life/humankind)- is able to hurt Balder. Then Loki uses the blind in us (Hodr) to fire a shoot at Balder, with the mistletoe. It kills him instantly. When Balder is burried, his wife, Nanna (nearness) dies from grief, and in anger Thorr kicks a dwarf onto the fire, killing it. The dwarf is called Lit (trust). i.e. The Nearness between us and trust dies when the meaning of life dies.
Further on the Ęsir sends Heremod (The Mercurian force in us. i.e. The mysterious occult forces within us) to Hel's home (The subconscious). He finds Balder, sitting on the throne besides Hel (our self-censorship). However, for Balder to be able to return to Asgard (the conscious), Hel demands that everybody, and everything cries for him -to prove that he is loved above everything else. Heremod brings this news back to the AEsir, and they get everything to cry, except ONE old woman, who really is Loki in disguise. As you know, logic has no feelings. A computer can't cry, so Loki prevents humankind from getting back the meaning of life. In other words, modern science prevents us from getting back to the meaning of life.
why we live, WE know the truth, but this truth is not accepted as it cannot be
proven scientifically. Thus, the only solution is Ragnarok! Ragnarok is the
twilight of the Gods, but also a New Beginning! After the battle, Balder and
the God's sons and daughters, will come back and find the playing pieces (the
ideology and view of life) of the old Gods. This will be the new Golden Age! If
you wonder who plays the part of the mistletoe, just have a look at history,
and ask yourself this question. What people are the parasites on humankind? What
religion has killed our Pagan meaning of life? A lot of Europeans have
disclosed them up through the ages, and prosecuted them as best they could, but
always there were some fools who cried 'poo' you-know-who!
And the scum were saved! Stupidity won over and over again.
close the circle, AND FINISH THE JOB! Or else we will NEVER get our lives back!
THINK ABOUT IT!
Q. I heard that there is a Burzum tribute album being compiled. I think it would be foolish to think that you did not find this concept acceptable, but what I am wondering, is what is the intention behind it? Will select bands be covering Burzum pieces, or will it be a collective of bands releasing their own material in a bid to aid your financially, (with further court proceedings for example?)
I do not know. I have nothing to do with it.
Q. What is your present status of your prison sentence? How long before you are eligible to apply for parole?
I will be released on probation in about eight years time, if
we are to trust the system. I can apply to the King for
'mercy' and be released in six and a half years instead, but
of course I won't. Applying for 'mercy' is ridiculous in the
first place, doing it when You are convicted for something you have not done is utterly ridiculous. I will try to get the
case tried again, as I did not murder him like the court
meant. (I Killed him -big difference). But, the system is
crap, so I don't have any hopes. Hey, if it wasn't all crap I
wouldn't end up fighting it in the first place, right?
Q. The cover art for Balder's Dod is a slight departure from the previous albums. What exactly is this depicting? From the version of the 'Death Of Balder' story that I read, I cannot
quite find the correlation between the story, and the artwork.
Can you enlighten those of us interested?
The first painting shows a Teutonic Cheiftan being forced to
accept Judeo-christianity. To make him the Judeo-christians
hold a knife to the throat of his child. This was a common
practice when Northern Europe was christianized, so it should not be too hard to understand. Next painting shows thirteen Teutonic Women, travelling into the subconscious through a Pagan ritual on a search for the meaning of life. The third painting shows the burial of the meaning of life, when brother torture brothers to make them accept the new foul 'faith'.
Lower once cannot sink, so this is the point when nearness
between brothers, when trust between brothers are burned with Balder! Fourth painting shows the maning of life, it shows what Heremod sees, but is unable to bring back to the
conscious world, when he visits the subconscious world.
The fifth painting shows what happened to the women who
searched for the truth. They are burned at the stage -another
historical fact. The sixth and last painting shows what lies
ahead: a twilight... or a sunset? If you take a short look at
the answer to your eighth question, you will find the
correlation between the story and the artwork. Right?
Q. Considering that all cultures have some sort of creation myth, what makes that of the Norse creation so valid to you? I mean christians believe theirs is the true path and so forth. Would this be better understood by us first understanding exactly what Odin is to you... a God, or symbolic figure, a
the last part of your question first, I will quote
Dr. Carl Gustav Jung: "Wotan (Odin) is the Teutonic datum of first importance, the truest expression and unsurpassed
personification of a fundamental quality that is particularly
characteristic of the Aryans". The Norse, or better, the Teutonic myths are valid to me simply because I am Teutonic! Why should I find other people's and race's valid? They have nothing to do with me! In order to be in harmony with myself, I have to be in harmony with my nature. Wotan is valid to me. Nothing else. There is no point in believing in Your neighbour, you have to believe in Yourself, if You don't, your beliefs will be useless. Considering this, and the fact that christianity is consistently alien to our Pagan nature, there is no wonder why our white world collapse in spiritual confuse.
Q. Is there a desire to do more Burzum, guitar oriented music? I was reading a press release that gave the impression that you were not 'allowed' to have instruments and so forth, in your particular case/prison. Is this so?
Yes, I have no instruments. No cassette players or the like
either for that sake. No, I have no desire to do any more
'guitar oriented music'.
Q. I suppose that you are hardly surprised by the amount of
controversy that surrounds you in the 'music media'. Do you
view this a negative or positive? From a positive respect, it
is all free publicity, and with it, comes sympathy. Do you see it all from this perspective? Are you at all concerned with your 'musical career'? Is is quite obviously a part of you, and something you are gifted with.. (The term sympathy here applies, not to pity, but to more and more ears and hearts willing to listen to your words, and views)
No, I am not at all concerned with my 'musical career'. I have bigger concerns and passions. Sure, free publicity for Wotanic ideas is always a positive thing. Show Wotan to the people, and Wotan will be lit in their souls.
Q. I think that some good examples of this are the alleged
banning of the 'Einsatz Kommando' shirts from the Norwegian prisons, or the piece in Terrorizer Magazine about your mother allegedly paying an extremist group to break you out of prison. Do you care to comment on the alleged events?
The Einsatz shirts were banned by distributors in England.
Why? Well in 'our' degenerate, sick, Judeo-christian,
Capitalist, anti culture, distributors stand in line to
distribute shirts that advocate Satanism, Hell and Damnation, Torture and Torment, Massmurder and the like, but when somebody wants to sell a shirt advocating Love for one's Race, then they refuse to distribute it. But what else can we expect? "When "anti-nature" writings are called sacred scriptures. Propaganda is called history. Evil is clled good. Voting is fraud controlled by media propaganda, and computer programmers. Injustice is called law. Genoncide is cannonized, and resistance to the murder of the Aryan race is called 'hate'". (The worlds of Davis Dane).
My mother gave some money to a good friend of mine beacuse he was on the run from the Police after running away from jail. He was broke, and needed money -that was it. There was a lot of crap in the media about it though, and the Norwegian Secret Service arrested both my Mother and my firtend, charging them both -together with some other guys for planning a coup d'etat. The media went bezerk,
and they presented a lot of ridiculous theories. One of them
was about my mother supposinglt giving some money to my friend so that WE should not need to commit any crimes to stay alive after he had broken me out of prison. This is just speculation however, and there is no proof to support a theory like this.
Q. Do you belive it wrong of the Norwegian people to reject the 'Deaths Head' logo on the Burzum shirts in light of Norway's occupation by Germany during the Second World War?
Nobody in Norway hs rejected anything we have releaed. It was some Englishmen who did...
Sure 'occupation'. That is what the traitor government says
today, just beacuse they ran like chickens when the Germans
came. They ran like chickens, leaving Norway, with absolutely NO authorities, and when Vidkun Quisling tried to bring order back, he was thanked with a bullet in his heart after the war.
In Trondheim, the town I am in now, not one single shot was
fired at the Germans, and the Mayor of the town gave the
German Commander a tour of the town in his own convertible. In my hometown Bergen, they capitulated after a very symbolic resistance, and arranged a football match between the troops. At the town hall, the Germans stood guard side by side with Norwegian troops. In Oslo the Germans came marching in on line, singing, and the Norwegians threw flowers at them (!). Then the government, at this point, hiding in some village in the mountains, signed the papers of surrender. Then they fled to England, and in spite of signing a treaty of surrender, they continued to, or better, started to, rage war on Germany with all available resources. If that isn't a violation of all rules of was, I don't know what it is.
Back in Norway, everythomg was fine, 30,000 Norwegians
volunteerded to the Waffen SS (however, only 15,000 of these were qualified), the National Socialist party NS got more numbers than ANY party had EVER had, before and AFTER the war. This was led by the infamous Vidkun Quisling by the way. 30,000 might seem little, but considering the fact that Norway's population at the time was 3 million (4.5 million today by the way) it was quite alot. One whole percent actually. Then war started for real in Norway, when the 'allies' started to bomb our towns. In my hometown Bergen, they bombed a school full of Norwegian children for example. They send saboteurs and blew up a German ammunition-ship so that half of Bergen burned down, killing hundreds of Norwegians, and destroying
our still standing buildings from the middle ages (so much for culture). [Says the man who burned down far older churches.]
OF ALL the casualties Norway had during the second world war, the Germans stood for only 15%. The rest were casualties inflicted on us by the 'allies'. The 15% the Germans killed, were mainly criminals, and jews, besides a few soldiers. The 'allies' however killed children, and civlilians, sailors, and fishermen who tried to get food as they had always been doing the last ten thousand years. So I will ask you, WHAT occupation? And I will refer to Divid Lane's words again "Propaganda is called history". Do NOT believe in these foul lies! They executed Quisling, and made his name synonumous with 'traitor', and THEY were the real traitors. The last thing Quisling said before he was shot was, "History will judge me!"
No lies last forever! The history will be re-written! Have no
doubts! I am in family with Vidkun Quisling, and I will make
sure that I can use my family name in the future, and my
children can use my family name in the future, with my pride,
and without being associated with treason. Hail Vidkun
Quisling! The Hour of Revenge draws closer!
Q. There was a book I believe you were writing called Vargsmål. Was this ever released, and will it be issued in a English version?
It is out in Norwegian, and it will be translated into both
English and German, Danish and Swedish, and perhaps other
languages as well.
Q. What will Vargsmål contain? Is it simply to tell the true
events of that particular part of your life, or do you plan to
offer some extended insight into your belief system? What is
your opinion on people from the 'Metal Scene' writing books?
Vargsmål (The speech of Varg) is my defense speech, it
contains alot of other things as well, such as mythology,
ideology and philosophy, and of course history! My opinion on people from the Metal Scene writing books? Well I haven't thought about it, but since you ask, what is the difference between a writer who listens to Metal music, and others?
Q. During the course of many interviews I have read over the years, many interviewers chose to ask you why you wrote lyrics in Norwegian. I mean is it simply a case where it is more practical? I understand that English offers more describing words, and therefore it could be deemed as inviting, but as Norwegian is your first language, is it not therefor the most likely choice for expressing your innermost?
I am Norwegian, so it is natural for me to write texts in
Norwegian. Besides my English vocabulary is not all that good, as with my understanding of grammar. [By far not as bad as that of the interviewer.]
Thankyou for the interview. Is there anything you care to say
Thank you for the interview. Support your local
Einsatzkommando! Heil Wotan!
Typed up from Heresy Magazine #3 by Emiel R. Bogaarts [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Between [ and ] are his comments.
Interviewer: probably the magazine's editor,
Jason. M. Healey.