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Umskiptar (Old Norse for Metamorphosis) is the ninth studio album by the Norwegian one-man band Burzum, released on 21 May 2012 through Byelobog Productions. It has been described by Varg Vikernes as a “return to the roots”, with a priority on atmosphere. The album’s lyrics are taken from an Old Norse poem entitled Völuspá. The album was leaked two months before its release date, due, according to Vikernes, to a former PR agent of his having “sent promotional copies of the entire album to left wing extremist magazines” without his knowledge or consent.
The cover art is taken from the painting Nótt by Norwegian painter Peter Nicolai Arbo. It is Vikernes’ final heavy metal album.