Grishnackh was sentenced to 21 years in for the 1993 killing of Mayhem guitarist and founding member Øystein Aarseth, aka Euronymous. There are varying accounts of the event, but they all lead to Euronymous dying of multiple stab wounds, including cuts to the head, neck and back. Grishnackh claimed some of the injuries were the result of Euronymous’ falling on broken glass, but there were, officially, 16 stab wounds to the back.
Grishnackh had already grown notorious for the alleged burning of several churches in Norway (he was convicted, in addition to the murder, for the burning of three churches, and suspected of at least one more); Mayhem, meanwhile, were known for — in addition to their raw and brutal music — the suicide of singer Per Yngve Ohlin, aka Dead.
Whether Vikernes’ release is a good thing, I leave it up to the reader to decide. After all, he swears he’s no longer a member of any extreme right-wing groups, and if you can’t trust Norwegian black metallers guilty of murder and arson, who can you trust?