Louis Cachet (born Kristian Vikernes; 11 February 1973), more popularly known as Varg Vikernes, is a Norwegian musician and writer. In 1991, he founded the one-man music project Burzum, which is considered one of the most influential black metal acts. Three years later, he was convicted of murder and arson, and subsequently served over 14 years in prison. Having served over 14 years of his sentence, Vikernes was released on parole in early 2009. He changed his legal name to "Louis Cachet" to avoid difficulties with the public in Norway. He still goes by "Varg Vikernes" in daily life.