Burzum began in 1987 as a prominent Norwegian black metal solo project. It was formed by Varg Vikernes (born Kristian Vikernes), under the name of Count Grishnackh. Vikernes is currently serving a prison sentence in Norway for murder and arson. Vikernes, an Odalist that interpretents those ideas in a way of racism, was instrumental in the crystallisation of early black metal (ironic since Vikernes would later admit to not liking the genre at all, his views on Black Metal constantly changed, he has admitted that upon his release he would release two more Burzum albums that would sound like his older stuff which is Black Metal), much of which is due to the infamy attributed to Vikernes since the murder of his former band mate (Varg played bass on one of Mayhem's albums) Ã˜ystein Aarseth. Aarseth is known better to some by his stage name of "Euronymous."
thumb|right|300px|Burzum name in gothic writing (not a logo)1
thumb|Cover of "Hvis Lyset Tar Oss"