Varg Vikernes Biography
Varg Vikernes, Kristian Vikernes, is a Norwegian black metal musician. In 1991, he founded the one-man music project Burzum, which quickly became popular within the early Norwegian black metal scene. In 1992, he joined the band Mayhem and adopted the stage name Count Grishnackh. Around this time he became affiliated with the Heathen Front and had several writings on Germanic neopaganism published.
In Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, director Sam Dunn described Vikernes as "the most notorious metal musician of all time". In 1994, Vikernes was convicted of the murder of his Mayhem bandmate Ã˜ystein Aarseth, known by his stage name Euronymous. Vikernes was further convicted of four counts of arson involving the burnings of historic churches, and was sentenced to 21 years in prison.
Having served almost 16 years of his sentence, Vikernes was released on parole in early 2009.