Norwegian black metal musician known for his solo project Burzum as well as his previous work in the seminal black metal band Mayhem.
He was sentenced to twenty-one years in prison in 1991 for the murder of Mayhem bandmate Oystein "Euronymous" Aarseth and the burning of several Norwegian churches.
He grew up fascinated with and influenced by the work of fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien.
He learned guitar at fourteen and played with the death metal band Old Funeral from 1990-91.
His father and older brother are both engineers.