Originally Posted by horse's_ass
Lol, Burzum is the music of a dude who calls himself Count Grishnackh. His "claim to fame" is that he murdered a member of fellow Norwegian metal band - the also mentioned Mayhem- and then went out and burned some churches. Rad dude.
The due that Grishnackh killed - he called himself Euronymous - has a ridiculous story associated with him, as well. Basically, one of the singers of Mayhem killed himself by slitting his wrists and then taking his head off with a shotgun. Euronymous found him and took a picture of the corpse. This picture became the cover of a Mayhem album (not the one you mentioned).
For a cool look at the current Norwegian metal scene, check out this photo series by Peter Beste:
Yeah I saw that pic of dude with his brains shot out, sold that LP with that cover for $375. His nickname was dead, quite apt / ironic. Know next to nothing about that guy Count Grishnackh, I did read he killed that Mayhem guy for .... no reason .......
Black metal is crazy stuff, too noisy to be called music. I guess the Norwegians skipped out on the crazy punk scene in early 80's and went all punked up in the 90's. Difference is their punk music was not punk at all, it was some kind of goat licking hail to Odin weird fusion of thrash metal and Cradle of Filth screechy shit. Only band out of the collection I got that was tolerable was Bathory. They had that whole viking thing going on, it was pleasant and quite epic. I may invest in some cd's from this band when I get around to it.
I am with Nataku on musical tastes, nothing beats a bit of late 60's / early 70's music.
Currently investing my musical mind towards mid 80's - recent Neo Folk. Right now Death in June, Sol Invictus, Faun, and Darkwood (a wonderful German band) are my current musical obsessions. Also have a thing for Devil Doll, a weird prog band hailing from Slovenia that are simply marvelous.
I am also embarrassed to report I have been occasionally playing Nightwish - that girl can sure belt out them operatic vocals. She is quite hot also, in a goth chick kinda way...