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  BAND-MATE MURDERER AND CHURCH BURNER VARG VIKERNES ARRESTED IN FRANCE ON SUSPICION OF PLANNING A MASSACRE
16th July 2013

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Kristian 'Varg' Vikernes was arrested in southwestern France earlier today (Tuesday) after his wife bought four rifles, raising suspicions he could become violent, the Paris prosecutor's office said.

The police suspect the Norwegian national of planning a 'massacre' and searched his house for weapons and explosives. His wife, a French national and a member of a shooting club, had recently legally purchased four rifles.

The anti-terrorist prosecutor has been put in charge of the investigation. In a statement, the French Ministry of the Interior deemed him "likely to prepare a large-scale act of terrorism".

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In 1991, Vikernes founded the one-man music project Burzum and became part of the early Norwegian black Metal scene.

In 1992, he took part in the arson of at least three Christian churches in Norway, along with other members of the scene.

By early 1993, Vikernes had recorded four albums as Burzum and another with fellow black Metal band Mayhem. When Mayhem guitarist Øystein 'Euronymous' Aarseth was stabbed to death in August that year, Vikernes was arrested and charged with the murder.

In May 1994, Vikernes was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the murder of Euronymous and the arson of churches, the maximum sentence under Norwegian law.

During his time in prison he became affiliated with the Heathen Front and had several writings on Germanic paganism published. He also recorded and released two dark ambient albums as Burzum.

Having served almost 15 years of his sentence, Vikernes was released on parole in early 2009 and moved to France with his wife and three children. Since then, he has continued releasing music and writing.

Vikernes, a vocal neo-Nazi sympathiser, had reportedly received a copy of the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right terrorist responsible for the July 2011 Oslo bombing and Utoeya Massacre which left 77 dead. Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in jail for terrorism on August 2012.

"Breivik senndig a copy of a manifesto setting out his ideology to Vikernes", an official at the prosecutor's office said. "That was the origin of the investigation. There were several suspicions that made the services fear he could possibly carry out a violent act," the official said. On his website, Vikernes discusses Breivik's manifesto, but also criticises him for killing innocent Norwegians.





WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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