Hurr. That'll be the day. Of course Varg at the Grammies would be incomplete without a posthumous Lifetime Acheivement Award for Chuck Schuldiner, a selfless individual whose courageous battle against
AIDS cancer inspired millions, and who also made some death metal..
But for realz, Varg's current motivations do seem to be oriented towards mass appeal. His quips in Until The Light Takes Us conveniently left out his extreme ideas and focused on anti-globalization/anti-institution raillery, included with some attempts to dispel his bad rep. I don't blame him; certainly a pragmatic move but maybe a little too 'obvious'. And now, Belus... consensus (reached a tad hastily IMHO) seems to be that it's a rehash/cash grab. Maybe a soapbox, too -- Perhaps Varg's been disillusioned towards his previous uncompromising idealism and is now trying to influence the world in a way that is more practical ie reversing opinion on globalization, but in doing so has dampened Burzum's spirit. Or maybe he's just washed up and I'm rationalizing out of reluctance to call him a sellout.
Or maybe Belus will end up being awesome and Varg will be a metal superhero again.