22 Years Ago: BURZUM release Filosofem on Misanthropy Records

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22 Years Ago: BURZUM release Filosofem on Misanthropy Records

The other unreleased full-lenght album of BURZUM is «Filosofem-» meaning "disparaging assertion proposed in a philosophical erudite language," with songs like «Burzum- the Spirit of Aether,» «Beholding the Daughters of the Firmament,» «Circumambulation of the Transcendental Pillar of Singularity,» and «Filosofem.» Very weird and original production. The best I have ever done. Release date scheduled sometime in late 1994 or early 1995.
- Varg Vikernes / Burzum interview, Witchcraft Magazine #3, 1994

This interview is from early 1994 - a few months before the trial - and the release date did slip. Filosofem was eventually released on this day in 1996 by local (Hadleigh, Suffolk) label Misanthropy Records.
The initial release was an A5 hardback digibook CD limited to 5000 and double-LP gatefold etched vinyl, followed by an A5 digipak edition.

Filosofem related:
BURZUM - Filosofem (T-Shirt)
BURZUM - Filosofem (Full Zip Hoodie)
BURZUM - Pocket Logo / Filosofem (Full Zip Hoodie)
BURZUM - Filosofem (LP)
BURZUM - Filosofem (CD)
BURZUM - Filosofem (Flag)
BURZUM - Filosofem (Badge)

A video, directed by David Palser, was made for the song "Burzum" (Dunkelheit) and released on VHS by Misanthropy that February. David Palser's other credits include the two early IMMORTAL videos - "Blashyrkh (Mighty Ravendark)" and "Grim and Frostbitten Kingdoms" - released on VHS as Masters of Nebulah Frost in 1995 and IMPALED NAZARENE's "1999: Karmakeddon Warriors".

"Burzum" (Dunkelheit) is one of the earliest BURZUM songs, originally recorded for Hvis Lyset Tar Oss but discarded. See the Thulean Perspective video below for an explanation and more details about Filosofem: