Guest post by: Thomas
Burzum is the one-man project of Varg Vikernes (aka Christian Vikernes and Count Grishnackh). He's without doubt the most famous figure in Norwegian black metal. Burzum has an unpredictably experimental bent - encompassing black metal, industrial, electronic, and dark ambient music. Recently he released «Belus» to great reviews worldwide. In 1999 Burzum released Hlidskjalf. This album were, along with Daudi Baldrs, created with synthesized instruments as he was not allowed any other instruments while being imprisoned. In Norse mythology, Hliðskjálf is the high seat of Odin enabling him to see into all worlds.
Back in 1992 Glenn Danzig released his Black Aria album, wich is a totally different record from his work in Misfits, Samhain and Danzig. Some of the material on the album was recorded as early as 1987. The album is largely modern instrumental classical music, and is very dark, with perhaps "gothic metal" tendencies. The song titles reference a sort of "soundtrack" to John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost, which describes Lucifer's rebellion from the Christian God, and his subsequent expulsion from Heaven with the angels who joined him. The final three tracks do not reference Paradise Lost, because they were written earlier by Danzig while he was still in Samhain.
Two great albums with several similiraities. And if Burzum and Glenn ever would join forces, I'm pretty sure they would manage to create one awesome album!