Burzum: Burzum (1992)

Released in 1992, Burzum’s self-titled debut pierced the heart of the Norwegian black metal scene. Its lo-fi aggression, chilling atmosphere, and anti-Christian stance solidified its place as a genre classic, though one forever tainted by controversy.

Track Listing

  1. Feeble Screams from Forests Unknown
  2. Ea, Lord of the Deeps
  3. Black Spell of Destruction
  4. Channelling the Power of Souls into a New God
  5. War
  6. The Crying Orc
  7. A Lost Forgotten Sad Spirit
  8. My Journey to the Stars
  9. Dungeons of Darkness

Length: 47:05


Black metal

Release Date

March, 1992

Record Label

Deathlike Silence Productions (DSP)

The Lineup for the Album

Count Grishnackh – vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums, synthesizer, production

Recording Date

January, 1992

Recording Studio

Grieg Hall (Bergen, Norway)

Produced by

  • Varg Vikernes (Count Grishnackh) – production
  • Eirik Hundvin (Pytten) – recording and mixing
  • Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth) – co-producer

Album Themes/Concept

Darkness: Lyrics frequently explore themes of shadows, night, and an embrace of the sinister.

Anti-Christianity: Strong condemnation of Christianity is present, both in lyrics and through Varg’s actions and ideology.

Occultism/Paganism: References to runes, Norse mythology, and a potential rejection of organized religion in favor of older belief systems.

Isolation and Despair: Many tracks have a melancholic, introspective atmosphere, focusing on themes of loneliness and a sense of being an outsider.

Album Mood

Raw: The lo-fi production lends a sense of primitive, chaotic energy.

Dark: The album evokes a sense of shadows, despair, and a rejection of light and positivity.

Atmospheric: Ambient passages and keyboard interludes create a haunting and expansive atmosphere.

Melancholic: There’s a strong undercurrent of sadness, loneliness, and introspection despite the album’s moments of aggression.

Aggressive: Some tracks feature bursts of raw black metal fury, powered by blast beats and Vikernes’ harsh vocals.

Album Trivia

Recording Conditions: The album was recorded quickly and with minimal equipment in Grieg Hall, contributing to its raw, lo-fi sound.

Production Influence: The album’s lo-fi, raw sound was partially intentional, aligning with the aesthetic of early Norwegian black metal, as well as a product of limited resources.

Guitar Solos: The guitar solos on the album were performed by Euronymous, the founder of Mayhem and owner of Deathlike Silence Productions.

Album Cover Inspiration: The iconic cover art is inspired by a module for the roleplaying game Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1st edition) called “The Temple of Elemental Evil”.

Release Date

March 1, 1992