Also performs as: Count Grishnackh (early performing name of Varg Vikernes)
Varg Vikernes (Norwegian: [ˈʋɑrɡ ˈʋiːkəɳeːs]; 11 February 1973), born Kristian Vikernes and legally known as Louis Cachet, is a Norwegian musician and writer who founded the one-man music project Burzum in 1991. Two years later, he was convicted of murder and arson, subsequently serving 15 years of his prison sentence.
In 1991, he founded 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 Europeans should re-adopt native European values, including elements of traditional paganism. He advocates nationalism for all people, nordicism, social conservatism, and survivalism.