Varg Vikernes

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Varg Vikernes
Vikernes during his last year in prison in 2009
Vikernes during his last year in prison in 2009
Background information
Birth nameKristian Vikernes
Also known asCount Grishnackh
Born (1973-02-11) February 11, 1973 (age 50)
Bergen, Norway
GenresBlack metal
black ambient
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, political activist
InstrumentsElectric guitar, bass guitar, drums, synthesizer, vocals
Years active1987–2015

Varg Vikernes (legal name Louis Cachet, born Kristian Vikernes on February 11, 1973 near Bergen, Norway) is a black metal musician, convicted murderer, arsonist and political activist. In 1991, Vikernes created the one-man music project Burzum. Burzum quickly became important within the early Norwegian black metal scene. Later he became a part of the Heathen Front and wrote several writings on Germanic neopaganism.

In the early 1990s, there were black metal bands who believed in burning churches to prove their hatred for Christianity. Vikernes was found guilty of arson and the murder of Mayhem band member Øystein 'Euronymous' Aarseth.[1][2] He was sent to prison for 21 years. Vikernes was up for parole in 2008 but it was denied. He was released in March 2009.[3]

On July 16th 2013, Vikernes and his wife, a French national, were arrested in Corrèze, France, on suspicion of planning acts of terrorism because his wife had purchased four rifles.[4] They were released with no charges after police could not identify any terrorist plans or targets.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "'Before you know it, it's not a big deal to kill a man': Norwegian black metal's murderous past". the Guardian. 2019-03-22. Retrieved 2021-11-24.
  2. Until the Light Takes Us delivers
  3. "Ute av fengsel". 22 May 2009. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
  4. "'Neo-Nazi' musician Vikernes in French terror arrest". BBC News. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
  5. "Neo-Nazi black metal musician Varg Vikernes released in France after arrest". ABC News. ABC Online. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-27.

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