I heard the new version of "Ea, Lord of the Depths." -1- There was no need to re-record it; -2- the re-recording adds nothing and takes a lot away, while "standardizing" this for rock listeners. It reminds me of what Absurd did with their 15-years-war CD. I respect both these musicians to a great degree.
I will now advance a controversial idea:
Association with neo-Nazi groups destroys every goddamn thing it touches.
I am not arguing against Nazism here, although frankly I find losing a war so that you can carry out a genocide to be sort of silly; I am not a Nazi and I refute their ideology because -1- it was not extreme enough and -2- it was destructive in many ways, most notably The Holocaust but also in losing to a joint American/Russian team. That's sort of the definition of incompetence there.
However, neo-Nazi groups in general destroy people by forcing them to become social outcasts, convincing them of the need for an apocalyptic race war, and then once they've bought that load of shit, abandoning them as soon as they either get busted (for they will most likely turn informant) or fail to be "extreme" enough, which can be as simple as not hating black people or Jewish people.
Racism and hatred are not the answer. To my mind, traditional conservatism with a huge dose of futurism is. This may include nationalism, but nationalism does not include hatred. It is simply a superior principle for the design of civilizations, or at least part of that principle. Anti-racism and anti-hatred are also not the answer. These are non-questions and crusades in search of a goal.
Varg is in a bad way. We offered him content control over Burzum.com, and he approved everything on the site, then had a tantrum and demanded we delete the site. There is no honor in his behavior anymore, and no poetry in his soul, which is why new Burzum sucks and this re-release sucks and everything he's going to do from now on will be pandering to the whorish crowd, which is exactly what he never wanted to do as a youthful idealist. By doing so, he "appears" to refute his ideals, although I'll never believe that.