An interesting interview
with Varg Vikernes
. Vikernes, as you may recall, is currently imprisoned for the 1993 murder of Øystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous), with whom he collaborated as bassist on Mayhem's incredible De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
(cheesy vocals notwithstanding). It is also widely believed that he was responsible for the burning of Norway's first stave church
, which has since been rebuilt
. It is arguable whether Vikernes is most notable for the murder, the arson, his band Burzum
, his dedication to Ásatrú
, or perhaps his fanatical racism. While I find many of his opinions to be reprehensible, his obvious intelligence and the strength of his convictions make him a fascinating, if frequently repugnant, person.
The story of Vikernes and the black metal
scene he helped spawn is chronicled in Lords of Chaos
, which is a phenomenal read and is recommended even to those who are not interested in the music it focuses on.
posted by baphomet
on May 30, 2005 -