Burzum Filosofem on 180g 2LP
To fans and extreme metal followers, the early Burzum years facilitated the rise of the initial wave of Norwegian black metal. It was in this period that the world would come to bear witness to the initial trinity of recordings. Each set a standard that, alongside Darkthrone, early Mayhem and the initial recordings from Emperor, remain today as genre-setting sounds.
Originally issued in January 1996, Filosofem ("philosopheme") is the fourth studio effort from infamous Norwegian artist Varg Vikernes aka Burzum - an ambitious 6-song masterwork recorded in almost all first-takes at Breidablik Studio in March 1993. In addition to the title cut, which was the first song he ever wrote for the project, Filosofem is home to definitive Burzum fare like "Jesu Død" and the 25-minute epic "Rundtgåing Av Den Transcendentale Egenhetens Støtte."
Filosofem was Varg Vikernes' last recording under the Burzum moniker before he was imprisoned for 15 years for the murder of Øystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous - founding member of Mayhem) and arson of three Norwegian stave churches in May 1994.