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so i just picked up Nattens Madrigal. i was told when i bought it that it was their acoustic black metal album. i was thinking it was going to be something like Dead Raven Choir which the store didn't have any of (was i wrong for thinking this about that album?) uh, oops, it was their super tin-y, high frequency black metal album. i dig it, but it wasn't the one i was looking for.

what else is good by them? i'd like to find that acoustic album (what's it called?). i've heard they've gone electronic. i've heard some clips and was rather underwhelmed by them. kinda like boring Boards of Canada (that's redundant if you ask me).

JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 00:08 (sixteen years ago) link

The first three albums are all great and all completely different (one super melodic metal, one super garage-y metal and one totally acoustic-ish um folk metal). After that um well they decided they were going to make rather eerie electronic music which sounds like music you'd imagine a folk-y metal band who got really into electronic soundscapes would make.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 00:17 (sixteen years ago) link

The acoustic album is Kveldssanger, I believe.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 06:37 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah, "kveldssanger". it's pretty good, but rather straightforward folky music - nothing like the dark, groaning and creaking stuff dead raven choir does (which is really more reminiscent of black metal than "kveldssanger").

"nattens madrigal" is their most black metal release (almost a noise record), "bergtatt" is epic black metal stuff with folk melodies and clean vocals blended in and is really something i have to be in the mood for.

the recently issued cd which compiled the "silence teaches/silencing the singing" EPs would probably resonate with anyone who likes later labradford albums - it's ambience with a kind of mellowed out glitchiness to it and occasional beats; i think it's really pretty good (if not absolutely original). "lyckantropen themes" is similar, but more streamlined and electronic sounding and less developed (it's a soundtrack, thus kind of background).

your null fame (yournullfame), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 08:01 (sixteen years ago) link

I have the frist three albums and they're all ace in their own ways. Natten Madrigals gets better the more you listen to it and the first track has one of my favourite metal riffs on it. "Bergtatt" is really good too and suitably epic, as is "Kveldssanger".

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 09:47 (sixteen years ago) link

I have the frist three albums and they're all ace in their own ways. Natten Madrigals gets better the more you listen to it and the first track has one of my favourite metal riffs on it. "Bergtatt" is really good too and suitably epic, as is "Kveldssanger". I also have the double cd "Themes from William Blake" and it's kindof cack.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 09:50 (sixteen years ago) link

The first three albums form a conceptual trilogy (18th century folklore-themed lyrics, cover art by Tanya Stene) where "Bergtatt" is varied and melodic black metal with folk interludes, "Kveldssanger" is a collection of acoustic folk songs and "Nattens Madrigal" is the all-out ferocious "wolf in man" part (or if you want to be mean-spirited, their Darkthrone ripoff album - although they never denied that).

"Themes from William Blake's The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell" is a double CD filled with overdramatic recitings of the book, Depeche Mode-style synthpop with some distorted guitars here and there. Not totally rubbish, but way too long and unintentionally funny. The later releases (basically Christopher Rygg solo) go into glitch-y Coil soundtrack-ish territory. Lots of people seem to love this material, I'm not really feeling it.

Siegbran (eofor), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 10:54 (sixteen years ago) link

siegbran, what's the connection between ulver and arcturus? is garm still in both bands? what is he doing in them? arcturus's vocal sound has changed dramatically from album to album - does garm not sing on these?

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 10:59 (sixteen years ago) link

garm has left arcturus
http://www.bnrmetal.com/groups/arct.htm

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 11:08 (sixteen years ago) link

Garm = Christofer Rygg = Trickster G, he's been involved in Arcturus from the beginning but Arcturus was always a bit of a side project for everybody involved, so I'm not surprised he quit. Bassist Skoll of Ulver also played on the first two Arcturus albums. And yeah, Garm has been using lots of vocal styles, in both Arcturus and Ulver.

Siegbran (eofor), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 12:12 (sixteen years ago) link

did he sing on all the arcturus tracks?

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 17:28 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...
Friend Stripey picked up the most recent Ulver the other day and had this to say in a mail to me, which she asked to share with Scott, but I figured it would go well here. As she explained, this is an unedited jotting down of notes, and should be taken as such:

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This caught my ear in the record store because I liked the paradoxical singing -- both forceful and wispy, also the peculiar sampling going on behind it -- the textures. And while it hasn't quite held up to my initial expectations, it is a very intriguing album and worth listening to again and again just to hear new things in it each time. It has metal's pretention, but shoegaze's texture. It's also got a huge dose of goth -- especially in the lyrics, but the keyboard player was obviously stolen from some defunct prog rock band. And then there's that lovely little gamelan interlude that tickles my ears at the beginning of the third song. Steve's probably thinking Talk Talk because there's a vibraphone in the fourth song, and where there is vibraphone, there will inevitably be Bark Psychosis comparisons. But to be honest, besides some of the pacing and a bit of the percussion, I can't here any Talk Talk here. The 80s band that I _am_ hearing loud and clear though is Ultravox. I think that's because of all the pomp and the bluster and the lyrics that feel like they need dry ice and an eastern bloc country as a backdrop.. But it's also in one of the voices : a sort of heavy-metal Midge Ure. Take a song like "Vienna" and add a bunch of prog keyboards and a bit of feedback and some Loop loops, then put the voice a bit lower in the mix so it sounds more whisper-y, but still confident. There, see what I mean?

Like most metal albums, the lyrics are both specific and broadly archetypal. And it's obvious to me that these folks are Tool/Perfect Circle fans, because they use the same sort of ironic wordplay that Maynard favors. Right down to some of the same themes :

"truth is a hospital
please be patient"

or, my personal favorite :

"is the vampire
in the mirror
eternal
like Hell"

(good use of line breaks there -- it adds layers of meanings)

ONe last thing I wanted to mention, the genius sampling and editing in the seventh song -- it starts out with an oppressive goth string arrangement that's also got a tiny bubble of vibraphone (?) beneath it for relief, and the lyrics are all about blood and death and ambulences and hospitals, which add to the tension. And then, just as the lyrics are winding up for the final punch, the tune suddenly morphs seamlessly into a 1930s style Big Band brass extravaganze (a la Mercury Rev). It's a brilliant musical shift, but it doesn't make "sense" lyrically, so that the listener's mind -- or at least my mind -- is left reeling from the disjoin. Wait a minute, we were in an ambulence rushing to the hospital -- how did we end up in a Busby Berkley film?! I think it's the first time I've ever felt that something was both SO RIGHT, and SO WRONG for a song simultaneously. I wonder if others felt this way too?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 10 June 2005 23:57 (fourteen years ago) link

wow, sounds great. I have to hear this record.

moley, Saturday, 11 June 2005 00:05 (fourteen years ago) link

I've heard only three tracks from this album, but the whole album feels disjointed like that. They're mashing a boatload of styles together - including some sparse, atmospheric moments that are most definitely reminiscent of Bark Psychosis or Talk Talk.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Saturday, 11 June 2005 00:18 (fourteen years ago) link

shit, i have to write about this record and i don't want to go on and on about it here cuz i want to keep it fresh in my head. does that make sense? after i have written something i will come back. anyway, it doesn't really sound like talk talk. when i was listening to it the other nite it occurred to me that some of its whatthefuck? beauty and twists and turns would appeal to latter-day talk talk fans. i love it. and i definitely think it's the best thing since the double-disc marriage of heaven & hell album. and i like the more recent glitchy electronic stuff too. i think i even put the ulver remix album on my top ten a few years ago. and i love the early stuff! from the first demo on! hee hee, anyway, i'll be back. they are fucked. actually, anyone who heard the last arcturus album would know what to make of this one. this one is just warmer and dreamier and it doesn't have arcturus's dizzying circus-prog organ.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 11 June 2005 01:46 (fourteen years ago) link

I love you, Scott

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 11 June 2005 13:51 (fourteen years ago) link

Now that I've heard the entire album, I will ease off from the Talk Talk comparison. There's not enough silence to make that shoe fit, however, the dreaminess of it did make me feel as though I was listening to the more glacial-moving moments of Bark Pyschosis, A Northern Chorus, or even the Projekt Records bands.

Also, hearing it all together accentuates the WTF-ness that Stripey wrote about. There are so many shifts in the pacing and musical style. Also, there's definitely a cabaret element happening here.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 23:02 (fourteen years ago) link

This sounds great, but what is the album called?

mzui (mzui), Thursday, 16 June 2005 07:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Blood Inside

DJ Martian (djmartian), Thursday, 16 June 2005 12:06 (fourteen years ago) link

One track: Christmas reminds me of Depeche Mode circa 1993

DJ Martian (djmartian), Thursday, 16 June 2005 12:08 (fourteen years ago) link

superb review here:

Ulver - Blood Inside [featured album]

http://www.metal-invader.com/db/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=1914

DJ Martian (djmartian), Thursday, 16 June 2005 12:09 (fourteen years ago) link

another artist that springs to mind: is the melting pot of sounds ala early Tricky

DJ Martian (djmartian), Thursday, 16 June 2005 12:13 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...
hyperbolic review here:

http://decibelmagazine.com/0905_ulver_bloo.aspx

(and i totally did the ...ON ACID! trick, but i don't care cuz you have to smack people around in order to make them buy something weird. or at least i do cuz i'm no good at being subtle. i heart hyperbole.)

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 29 August 2005 01:56 (thirteen years ago) link

and i totally got the "end of everything" thing from that ILM MBV thread from a while back.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 29 August 2005 01:58 (thirteen years ago) link

four months pass...
Blood Inside is something special - something else entirely!! My metal pals claim it isn't even metal, but it is. It's metal that's had all the metal "bits" taken out and replaced with everything else under the sun.

Wogan Lenin (dog latin), Monday, 9 January 2006 14:21 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...
It still ended up making a bunch of the metal polls, and a lot of metal people did like it a lot.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 11 February 2006 03:24 (thirteen years ago) link

of course it's metal. i dunno, i really appreciate it. i find that with all hard rock/metal/punk there seems to be a lot of people scared to deviate fromt he original flow.

Vintage Latin (dog latin), Saturday, 11 February 2006 03:28 (thirteen years ago) link

i don't think most people would call it metal. i don't think i even know what to call it. it's art music for art metallers. it's a wonderful thing whatever it is.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 11 February 2006 03:37 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...
someone put up the entire Lycantropen movie - short swedish film - that ulver did the music for. i love the album. never thought i'd actually see the film! i reviewed that along with sham mirrors in the voice when they both came out.

part 1:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNvlQ4LRtqY


they are so perfect for film.

scott seward, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 04:31 (twelve years ago) link

Apparently Ulver are now working on a re-recording of "Nattens Madrigal" with a full orchestra. I smell another "S&M"...

Siegbran, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 10:14 (twelve years ago) link

hah! yeah, you would think people would know by now to WALK AWAY from the orchestra. on the other hand, i am gonna want to hear it.

scott seward, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 11:19 (twelve years ago) link

it's only fair after posting the link to the arty art film to post a link to Ulver live in 1993!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAecD0_FTug

scott seward, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 11:20 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

look...

ULVER To Release 'Shadows Of The Sun' In The Fall
http://tinyurl.com/395fyp

djmartian, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:06 (twelve years ago) link

the most recent ulver record i own is the marriage of heaven and hell thingie. i remember feeling a little cut that they'd turned their back completely on black metal. it's an entertaining release nonetheless, though i never felt compelled to listen to anything that came after it.

nattens madrigal is about as pure and glorious as black metal gets.

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:12 (twelve years ago) link

omg NEW ULVER

thanks, dj martian!

Just got offed, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:16 (twelve years ago) link

didn't know you were a fan, actually :)

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:22 (twelve years ago) link

This is exciting news. Anyone know if it's getting released on "The End" this time around?

John Justen, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:26 (twelve years ago) link

i only have 'blood inside' but it's one of my very favourite records. when i decided to introduce my music-collection to my brother, it was the first album i urged him to play. he put it in the disc-drive without pressing it down and scratched it. :-/

Just got offed, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:29 (twelve years ago) link

i would think that it's the same, i.e Jester Records for Europe and The End Records for North America

djmartian, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:34 (twelve years ago) link

i remember an ex-girlfriend did something similar with my copy of 'tea for the tillerman'. in fact, it was one of those players that you open and close with a button and it slides in and out. she didn't put the record in the slot properly and it got stuck when she pressed the button. scratched it so badly it wouldn't play...

but back to ulver,

i think...i think i should purchase 'blood inside'

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:35 (twelve years ago) link

LJ, you would probably like Teachings in Silence etc. although it's much darker/emptier. Might want to work your way into the earlier albums, they aren't likely to appeal to your sensibilities (as I understand them) right off the bat. Try to track down the quick fix of melancholy EP also, which you are almost certain to like if you like blood inside.

Of course, you don't like "Nail", so I'm not entirely sure what to think about you. Perhaps this will improve your score overall :)

xposts

John Justen, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:39 (twelve years ago) link

hey dude, I LIKE nail, but i prefer the last two for some unfathomable reason! 'kreibabe' is one of the finest, most awesomely warped pieces of music i've ever heard, and the rest ain't far behind. i'm also a fan of more than a little metal, so i'd probably really enjoy the early stuff. would you say 'bergtatt' or 'nattens madrigal' would be a wiser foray?

also, cheers for the EP leads! :-D

Just got offed, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:44 (twelve years ago) link

i'd say bergtatt, because you get a cool hybrid of nordic folk and black metal with that one and it's a good intro to their black metal dynamic. nattens madrigal is an onslaught from start to finish. though honey to these ears

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:48 (twelve years ago) link

let's see what john says

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:48 (twelve years ago) link

i tend to prefer onslaughts too, mind

Just got offed, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:49 (twelve years ago) link

Well, if part of what you enjoy about Blood Inside is the lush production, nattens is going to be a bit of a shock. It's a fantastic by harshly recorded album (w/intent). I think I'd go with bergtatt. If you're like me, though, eventually you'll end up buying everything you can find.

John Justen, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:53 (twelve years ago) link

i would suggest that the organic and primal production (or lack of production as it were) on nattens lends the record a really ambient quality. the playing is extremely tight as well. no one can doubt that it's an extremely focused record, despite its harsh sound.

great artwork in the sleeves too with some really artistic shots of the band

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 12 July 2007 19:58 (twelve years ago) link

does it sound anything like (this will sound heretic but bear with me) Primal Scream's 'Accelerator'? that's the kind of harsh, distorted guitar kerfuffle i go crazy for.

Just got offed, Thursday, 12 July 2007 20:03 (twelve years ago) link

the guitar in the ulver is not as loose and is more melodic than the primal scream.

accelerator is a cool track.

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 12 July 2007 20:12 (twelve years ago) link

oh wait, i've just thought of a possible comparison. does it sound anything like serena-maneesh's 'beehiver II', 'don't come down here' or 'your blood in mine'?

Just got offed, Thursday, 12 July 2007 20:23 (twelve years ago) link

I listened to it again this morning after not playing it for a while, and it was better than I remembered. I think maybe it just wasn't what I was hoping for after Shadows of the Sun (i.e., more of the same). It's starting to hang together a bit better in my mind.

o. nate, Wednesday, 10 August 2011 15:24 (eight years ago) link

four weeks pass...

"providence" was the first 'holy shit!' listen i had with the new one

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 14:23 (seven years ago) link

ten months pass...

i love this band more and more every day.

for reasons of sass (the table is the table), Monday, 30 July 2012 07:05 (seven years ago) link

Childhood's End is pretty fucking superb, eh

another complete left-turn in their sinuous progress through modern musical history; the song-choices are uniformly excellent; the sound is cavernous, swirling, liquid; Ulver have an amazing sense of the psychedelic that comes across as their own even when covering psych classics relatively straight

one of the all-time cover albums, love love love love....

once a week is ample, Monday, 30 July 2012 08:19 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

The first track on Bergtatt: I CANNOT stop listening to it.

Clarke B., Monday, 22 October 2012 03:30 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

great interview: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/kristoffer-rygg-ulver-interviewed/

didn't even know a new record was coming out, though i had heard of the commissioned piece

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ulver_messe_decibel_2013.jpg

psyched

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 18 July 2013 01:45 (six years ago) link

they had turned fucking 20 for the Blake album

imago, Thursday, 18 July 2013 19:41 (six years ago) link

Were they all, what, 15 when they made Bergtatt? Holy motherfuck

imago, Thursday, 18 July 2013 19:41 (six years ago) link

Brilliant interview, of course. Rygg is wonderfully eloquent and subtle. I can't wait for the new record. :)

imago, Thursday, 18 July 2013 19:46 (six years ago) link

I still listen to many songs from the blake / perdition city albums. a shock back then...

what the fuck is this thing and where does it come from?

man. pero man. man man man (wolves lacan), Thursday, 18 July 2013 20:10 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

THIS IS INCREDIBLE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EtSWs9729s

... Jenkinson ... ... ... ... ... ... Özil ... ... (imago), Thursday, 5 September 2013 17:55 (five years ago) link

fuqqq

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 September 2013 17:57 (five years ago) link

just read their piece on the record industry: http://www.metalsucks.net/2012/12/10/ulver-are-raging-against-the-record-label-machine/

think i'll buy this

... Jenkinson ... ... ... ... ... ... Özil ... ... (imago), Thursday, 5 September 2013 18:29 (five years ago) link

turns out the opening track is the best thing on this, but it's still pretty cool

... Jenkinson ... ... ... ... ... ... Özil ... ... (imago), Thursday, 5 September 2013 20:02 (five years ago) link

'son of man' has a beautiful build-up and then goes all fucken emmerich soundtrack on us :(

... Jenkinson ... ... ... ... ... ... Özil ... ... (imago), Thursday, 5 September 2013 20:02 (five years ago) link

I picked up Childhood's End recently, and I'm really digging it.

o. nate, Friday, 6 September 2013 02:13 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

ULVER "Trolsk Sortmetall 1993 - 1997" North American Pre-order starts today!

http://www.metalstorm.net/images/news/big/24653-1.jpg

The North American pre-order of ULVER's box set "Trolsk Sortmetall 1993 - 1997" has started. Check out the CM Distro shop and order a copy of the box: http://smarturl.it/ulverCMDISTRO

"Trolsk Sortmetall 1993 - 1997" will be released in the following two formats:

Format 1: 5CD box
Format 2: 4LP+tape box set

We went to the manufacturer of the LP box today to have an eye on how the print will turn out. Here is an impression of the production process of the LP box cover:

Contents of the CD box:

Hardcover 5CD box with
16-page booklet
CD 1: Vargnatt
CD 2: Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler
CD 3: Kveldssanger
CD 4: Nattens Madrigal - Aatte Hymne til Ulven i Manden
CD 5: Nattens Madrigal - 4 track rehearsal, summer 1995

Hardcover book with 104 pages of unpublished photos and paraphernalia, original Norwegian lyrics, presentations and their English translations, comments by the band as well as liner notes by Jon 'Metalion' Kristiansen (founder of Head Not Found Records and the man behind Slayer Mag), Chris Bruni (Profound Lore Records), Michael Moynihan (author of Lords of Chaos) and Mark Pilkington (Strange Attractor Press).

The 5cd box will be limited to 3000 copies worldwide.

Contents of the LP box:

LP I: Vargnatt
LP II: Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler
LP III: Kveldssanger
LP IV: Nattens Madrigal - Aatte Hymne til Ulven i Manden
MC: 4 track rehearsal, summer 1995
Poster (size 60 x 30 cm)
32-page booklet in LP size (carrying same content as the CD box booklets)

The LP box is limited to 2000 copies worldwide and the pressings will be broken down as follows:

• 1500 copies on black vinyl
• 400 copies on silver vinyl
• 100 copies on clear vinyl including art print (SOLD OUT)

Stocks are very limited and availability is based on a first come, first serve basis!

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 24 October 2014 21:22 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8jRTrv8etw

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 19:55 (three years ago) link

House of Mythology proudly presents the new Ulver gatefold double album ATGCLVLSSCAP, with over 80 minutes worth of material. This album consists of multitracked and studio-enhanced live, mostly improvisational, rock and electronic soundscapes, 2/3 of which has never been heard before.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 19:58 (three years ago) link

oh my fucking god

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Wednesday, 4 November 2015 20:00 (three years ago) link

Yes, and very much so.

doug watson, Thursday, 5 November 2015 03:08 (three years ago) link

that clip sounds awesome, what 1/3 of this is previously released?

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Thursday, 5 November 2015 03:10 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

I fear they were the right level of pretentious ten years ago

roughest.contoured.silks (imago), Friday, 18 December 2015 18:40 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Almost at the end of listening to this new one now, some of it's pretty good but a lot of it feels unnecessarily longwinded. The improvisation isn't really as interesting as they seem to think. It's not bad but they're capable of much more. Then again I think they were pretty poor between Nattens and Blood Inside so I can't discount them ever doing something truly great again.

playing grindcore for comedic purposes (ultros ultros-ghali), Monday, 25 January 2016 21:36 (three years ago) link

this is going to sound awful but they need to ditch daniel o'sullivan, he has ruined them

I remember you was vote-splitted (imago), Monday, 25 January 2016 21:59 (three years ago) link

i guess his narration on 'stone angels' wasn't too bad, but that aside he has brought nothing but pretentious disappointment

I remember you was vote-splitted (imago), Monday, 25 January 2016 21:59 (three years ago) link

I agree entirely.

playing grindcore for comedic purposes (ultros ultros-ghali), Monday, 25 January 2016 22:02 (three years ago) link

Childhood's End was awesome.

o. nate, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 03:22 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

i finally got around to ATGCLVLSSCAP and tbh a lot of it rules

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 19 September 2016 00:37 (two years ago) link

the "glammer hammer"/"moody stix"/"cromagnosis" section especially

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 19 September 2016 00:38 (two years ago) link

Everything Ulver does feels like a bad imitation of something they don't really "get." That goes for their black metal era too

punksishippies, Monday, 19 September 2016 00:51 (two years ago) link

ah

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 19 September 2016 01:16 (two years ago) link

hyperbolic review here:
http://decibelmagazine.com/0905_ulver_bloo.aspx

(and i totally did the ...ON ACID! trick, but i don't care cuz you have to smack people around in order to make them buy something weird. or at least i do cuz i'm no good at being subtle. i heart hyperbole.)

― scott seward (scott seward), Monday, August 29, 2005 1:56 AM (eleven years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

and i totally got the "end of everything" thing from that ILM MBV thread from a while back.
― scott seward (scott seward), Monday, August 29, 2005 1:58 AM (eleven years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

four months pass...
Blood Inside is something special - something else entirely!! My metal pals claim it isn't even metal, but it is. It's metal that's had all the metal "bits" taken out and replaced with everything else under the sun.
― Wogan Lenin (dog latin), Monday, January 9, 2006 2:21 PM (ten years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

one month passes...
It still ended up making a bunch of the metal polls, and a lot of metal people did like it a lot.
― scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, February 11, 2006 3:24 AM (ten years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

of course it's metal. i dunno, i really appreciate it. i find that with all hard rock/metal/punk there seems to be a lot of people scared to deviate fromt he original flow.
― Vintage Latin (dog latin), Saturday, February 11, 2006 3:28 AM (ten years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

s/o good posts era, s/o no caps mafia

Tell me who sends these infamous .gifs (bernard snowy), Monday, 19 September 2016 02:48 (two years ago) link

Everything Ulver does feels like a bad imitation of something they don't really "get." That goes for their black metal era too

I... kinda agree. About the more recent albums, anyway. I like the black metal stuff and the Silence/Singing EPs, but I've come to the realization that the proggy era just doesn't engage me like I wish it would, and there's this creeping feeling that it's because they just don't sound comfortable doing it. I want to like them! But even when they meet me halfway by doing a bunch of psych covers I'm just not feeling it.

"raw buttin' these toilet seats" (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 20 September 2016 08:15 (two years ago) link

it's really not true though. they take a lot of chances and they aren't afraid to fail. but they know what they're doing. the stuff that has worked has REALLY worked and they were totally inside it and made it tick. in troo black metal fashion, i honestly think don't think they give a fuck. there are definitely some past releases where it feels like you are listening to someone learn how to do something. but in a good way.

i haven't heard new stuff in a while though. i can't believe i wrote that blood inside review 11 years ago! we must all be really old now.

scott seward, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 02:22 (two years ago) link

but i've also kinda always liked how fucked up and awkward they could be. they make a band like radiohead sound like rebecca of sunnybrook farm. that art opera blake thing they did is completely demented and really doesn't work in some ways at all and sounds like people in a gulag somewhere who had only read about art music and then approximated it in DIY fashion but who the hell else would make something like that? on the other hand, blood inside is near perfection if you ask me as an art-prog statement and still sounds great and stands completely apart and not at all awkward. i think that was their most successful work of art. but i've missed stuff.

scott seward, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 02:34 (two years ago) link

i would buy the new one. didn't have much interest in the snooz-0)))) collaboration. kinda wish ulver had made an album with scott walker instead of those doofuses for maximum mindfuck.

scott seward, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 02:36 (two years ago) link

I'll have to give them another shot sometime, I guess. Like I say I want to feel it! Maybe I need to go wild pitch and check out the William Blake thing, which I haven't heard.

"raw buttin' these toilet seats" (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 21 September 2016 05:37 (two years ago) link

i would buy the new one. didn't have much interest in the snooz-0)))) collaboration. kinda wish ulver had made an album with scott walker instead of those doofuses for maximum mindfuck.

― scott seward, Wednesday, September 21, 2016 2:36 AM (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yes!!

the new one is definitely worth checking out, but imo their best recording since blood inside really is the psych covers album

imago, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 09:52 (two years ago) link

also I do like the spoken-word thing on wars of the roses

imago, Saturday, 24 September 2016 15:14 (two years ago) link

war of the roses was the last one I bought

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 25 September 2016 01:55 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

plowing through some of their early stuff and holy shit, Nattens Madrigal is going to give me hearing loss

frogbs, Monday, 10 April 2017 21:17 (two years ago) link

so can we talk about how this new record rocks? depeche mode is the obvious referent but it's coming at it from this weird angle that i love. jury's still out on which side it lands on of pastiche vs. homage, but the tunes are def there

austinb, Sunday, 16 April 2017 00:34 (two years ago) link

it lands on the side of being awesome. i made a thread about it

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 16 April 2017 00:36 (two years ago) link

found it

austinb, Sunday, 16 April 2017 00:50 (two years ago) link

Not hearing what you're all hearing. Sounds like computer generated pastiche most of the time, with the distant clinical emptiness of Lansing-Dreisden. Guess I'll just have to try a few more times

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 16 April 2017 07:20 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

https://ulver.bandcamp.com/album/drone-activity

posted elsewhere already?

lowercase (eric), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:55 (three months ago) link

i had no idea, omg

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 21:20 (three months ago) link


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