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Black metal recluse apparently revealed links with 2011 Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik

Varg Vikernes Burzum

Kristian “Varg” Vikernes, former bassist of black metal band Mayhem and the man behind Burzum, has reportedly been arrested after being accused over a plot to commit a massacre on French soil.

The arrest took place as his farm at Salon-la Tour in central France, where he lives with his wife and three children, after French authorities – the Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence – were alerted to him having been sent a copy of fellow Norwegian Anders Breivik’s extremist manifesto. Breivik famously committed the murder of 77 people in sequential bombings in Norwegian capital Oslo, and a mass shooting at a Workers’ Youth League camp in Utøya.

The manifesto, named 2083: A European Declaration of Independence, is rife with Islamophobia, support for Zionist ideology, and opposition to feminism. Breivik was convicted in August last year, and said his crimes were used as a way to market his document, which was released electronically the day of the chilling attacks.

Vikernes is no stranger to the law, having been arrested for a series of church burnings during the early nineties, and more famously, for killing his former Mayhem band mate Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth – a crime for which he was sentenced to Norway’s maximum penalty of 21 years in prison, of which he served about 16 years.

Vikernes is also a known anti-semite, National Socialist, alleged Neo-Nazi sympathiser, and outspoken xenophobe, but he was actually quite critical of Breivik and his manifesto. In a series of posts on the Burzum website entitled War in Europe, he criticises both the mass murderer’s ideology (in a sort of “I’m much more kvlt than you” fashion, admittedly), but also his targets (his own countrymen, and more, that they were children). Vikernes also later rounded on Breivik when he complained about his conditions of incarceration, and said “I can only say I hope you do kill yourself.”

Whilst this does not preclude Vikernes from violent crime, or killing French people ‘instead’, it doesn’t yet make a whole lot of sense for him to be plotting something like this.

French radio station RTL says Vikernes’ wife is the member of a shooting club and recently (legally) purchased four rifles, leading to suspicions being raised about her husband. This is hardly damning evidence; there are a range of reasons for such a purchase, and whilst it’s probably understandable that the French authorities were watching him and his activities, it’s not even close to being a reason to detain him – so perhaps there is more than suspicion. The questionable link to Breivik is tenuous at best, but with authorities searching the couple’s property for further weapons and explosives, details will no doubt out in the next few days, and we’ll talk about the matter again then. Cool? Alright, see you then.