"Varg Vikernes (Norwegian: [ˈʋɑrɡ ˈʋiːkəɳeːs]; born 11 February 1973 as Kristian Vikernes; current legal name Louis Cachet) is a Norwegian musician and writer.
In 1991, he founded the one-man music project Burzum and became part of the early Norwegian black metal scene. In 1992, he was allegedly involved in burning down at least three Christian churches in Norway, along with other members of the scene. By early 1993, Vikernes had recorded four albums as Burzum and another with fellow black metal band Mayhem. When Mayhem guitarist Øystein 'Euronymous' Aarseth was stabbed-to-death in August that year, Vikernes was arrested and charged with the murder. In May 1994, Vikernes was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the murder of Euronymous and the arson of churches. He maintains that he killed in self-defence and denied responsibility for the church arsons, though supported them.
During his time in prison he became affiliated with the Heathen Front and had several writings on Germanic paganism published. He also recorded and released two dark ambient albums as Burzum. Having served almost 15 years of his sentence, Vikernes was released on parole in early 2009. He settled in France with his wife and children, where he continued releasing music and writing.
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