is the first album by solo project Burzum. It was recorded in January 1992 and released in March of that year.
began to record Burzum’s self-titled debut album. According to Vikernes’ autobiography on his website, he had intended to record the album in the worst recording quality possible (due to this being a typical trademark of the early Norwegian black metal scene), though still make it sound acceptable. The song “War” from this album had a guest appearance from Euronymous, playing a guitar solo “just for fun”, according to Vikernes.
Vikernes has stated that he had never played any live shows with Burzum, though at one point was interested in it, so Samoth of Emperor joined the band as their bassist, though only appearing on the Aske EP. Additionally, Erik Lancelot was hired to be the band’s drummer, though did not record on any Burzum material, and along with Samoth did not play a live show. Vikernes had by then lost his interest in playing live concerts, and stated that he “didn’t even need session musicians anymore”. Therefore, Samoth and Lancelot had parted ways with Burzum.
The guitar-work album features tremolo picked riffs with minor chord arpeggio riffs. The guitar isn’t necessarily technical, but Vikernes definitely knows how to play the instrument. The guitar tone itself is rough, abrasive, and on the lower end of production quality. This all helps add to the atmospheric qualities of it.
this album shall forever remains as one of greatest black metal record.
“As I came in here, I heard those words, “Cradle of Leadership”. Well, when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall. And it has fallen here. It has fallen. Makers of men, Creators of leaders. Be careful what kind of leaders you’re producing here. I don’t know if Charlie’s silence here today is right or wrong. I’m not a judge or jury, but I can tell you this: He won’t sell anybody out to buy his future! And that, my friends, is called integrity. That’s called courage. Now that’s the stuff leaders should be made of.”
- Al Pacino, in “Scent of a woman” (1992), playing the role of a blind Lieutenant Frank Slade granted him the academy award for best actor.