Recently, I started to listen to a Norwegian black metal ‘band’, Burzum. I called it a ‘band’, because Burzum is actually a one-man music project. The man behind the band is Varg Vikernes, a Norwegian. Few years ago he burned several churches and killed Euronymous, a member of another black metal band Mayhem, making him a controversial person. He has a reason behind all of these things, and it seems crazy but I respect his idea because every person have the right to have their own thinking. Aside of all the controversy around him, his songs are actually pretty good. I don’t know how he managed to create these songs though.
Another thing that got me interested is Burzum’s album cover, especially in the album Hvis Lyset Tar Oss (If The Light Takes Us). Vikernes chose Theodor Kittelsen’s painting, Svartedauden (black death) for the album cover. Theodor Kittelsen is a Norwegian artist who became famous for his nature paintings as well as for his illustrations of fairy tales and legends, especially trolls. His paintings have a dark and scary aura, but are beautiful at the same time, and I really love it. Black Death is a Plague that wiped out two-thirds of Norway´s population back in 1349. He portrays the Plague as an old hag who travels around, spreading disease and destruction. Here is Svartedauden from Kittelsen: