Also performs as: Count Grishnackh (early performing name of Varg Vikernes)
Varg Vikernes (Norwegian: [ˈʋɑrɡ ˈʋiːkəɳeːs]; born 11 February 1973 as Kristian Vikernes, current legal name Louis Cachet) is a Norwegian musician, writer, and a convicted murderer and arsonist.
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. In May 1994, Vikernes was sentenced to 21 years for the murder of Mayhem guitarist Øystein 'Euronymous' Aarseth and for the arson of churches. He maintains that he killed in self-defense and denied responsibility for the church arsons, though he 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 electronic 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. Through his writings he promotes a neo-völkisch ideology which he calls "Odalism", based on the idea that White Europeans should re-adopt native European values, including elements of traditional paganism. He advocates white nationalism, nordicism, social conservatism, and survivalism.