Varg Vikernes – Black Metal, Church Arson, Murder


“Christianity was created by some decadent and degenerated Romans as a tool of oppression, in the late Roman era, and it should be treated accordingly. It is like handcuffs to the mind and spirit and is nothing but destructive to mankind. In fact I don’t really see Christianity as a religion. It is more like a spiritual plague, a mass psychosis, and it should first and foremost be treated as a problem to be solved by the medical science. Christianity is a diagnosis. It’s like Islam and the other Asian religions, a HIV/AIDS of the spirit and mind.” –Vikernes

I listened to Norwegian black metal bands as a teenager but I never knew that the guy behind the musical project Burzum was actually the same guy who burned Christian churches in Norway in the year 1992. I was made aware of the church arson not until a year later, when my thirst for “extreme music” intensified.


Varg Vikernes rockin that “beardstache”

Varg Vikerness is not your typical metal musician. For one, he stabbed one of his fellow musiciansMayhem guitarist Øystein ‘Euronymous’ Aarseth – in the head. IN THE FUCKING HEAD. Euronymous’ body was found outside the apartment with twenty-three cut wounds – two to the head, five to the neck, and sixteen to the back.

Now I’ve read quite a lot of violent deaths before, so… let’s just say that my interest isn’t really focused on that part. What disturbs me the most is the church burning.

Vikernes - arrest

Vikernes at the time of his arrest – charming

I don’t know EVERYTHING there is about Norwegian black metal. But from my own understanding, these Norwegian musicians are dead fucking serious about their culture, their history, their roots – where they come from essentially. These guys are not CHRISTIANS, historically speaking.  They are PAGANS; and although some parts of Norway have adapted to Christianity, some are still heavily inclined to their Shamanistic ways, including Vikernes, apparently.

Just because he was accused of burning 3 (or more) Christian churches, doesn’t mean the guy is a… well as most people love to call him – SATANIST. If anything, I don’t think he even believes in Satan, because, he doesn’t believe in God in the first place.

In fact, in his statement regarding the church arson, he implied a rather “pagan” motive, in contrast to what people branded as Satanism:

“I am not going to say that I burnt any churches. But let me put it this way: There was one person who started it. I was not found guilty of burning the Fantoft stave church, but anyway, that was what triggered the whole thing. That was the 6th of June and everyone linked it to Satanism … What everyone overlooked was that on the 6th June, 793, in Lindesfarne in Britain was the site of the first known Viking raid in history, with Vikings from Hordaland, which is my county … They [the Christians] desecrated our graves, our burial mounds, so it’s revenge.”

I understand that Christians would think of Varg as a very evil person, to the point of calling him a Satanist. Because honestly, why would you burn a fucking church down?! Like, rationally – really dude, WHY?

There are over 7 billion humans on Earth – different races, different ideologies, religion, beliefs, culture – whatever you wanna call it – SO DON’T EXPECT EVERYBODY ELSE TO UNDERSTAND AND BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU BELIEVE!

We are diverse – and to feel threatened by another ideology is completely irrelevant and INSANE!

I am not dissing Varg – because he is one of the most influential acts in the black metal scene. But I don’t condone the church arson either. And by the way, those churches he allegedly burned – were architecturally significant. One was the Fantoft Stave, which was like built around the 11th century.

The eleventh century Fantoft Stave church

The eleventh century Fantoft Stave church

I don’t know what my bottom-line is exactly; why I wrote about Varg, and the church burning, and the head stabbing. I don’t know. Maybe, this is just one of those days where you try to put yourself in one’s shoes, just to see how his mind goes – but you can’t process it, because it’s just too insane for you.

The world is full of crazy people. In fact, we all are, admit it. But the human intellect is way too complex – that thing you call crazy might be a work of brilliance to some; and that work of brilliance might be too insane for others to mentally digest.


2 thoughts on “Varg Vikernes – Black Metal, Church Arson, Murder

  1. Wow, fascinating. I find his actions equally hard to reconcile but you have once again written one of the most truly intriguing blog posts I have ever read. Kudos to you for shining the light of enquiry on such unusual and dark arenas. 🙂 🙂

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