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Oslo, Norway (1993 – present)

Ulver (Norwegian for “wolves”) is a multi-disciplinary musical group founded in Oslo, Norway and currently based in London, England. The band was formed by Kristoffer “Garm” Rygg in 1993, and the current line-up includes Rygg (vocal, programming), Jørn H. Sværen (misc.), Tore Ylwizaker (programming, piano) and Daniel O’Sullivan (guitar, piano, various). Since their first release in 1993, Ulver’s style has ever been changing by combining elements of , and music, , , , and their own innovations.

Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler” is a folk-themed album. The title Bergtatt literally translates as “mountain-taken”, but is more commonly used to describe someone who is stricken with awe. In Norwegian folk tales the word refers to people who wander off into mountains, lured by trolls or other mythical beings. The narrative of the album’s lyrics follows a woman as she becomes so mountain-taken. The subtitle means “An Adventure in 5 Chapters”. Bergtatt features a melancholic, fully acoustical song Een Stemme Locker (“A Voice Beckons”).

Kveldssanger”, Ulver’s second album, contrasts with Bergtatt as it uses classical guitars, cello and chamber chants, and completely eschews the black-metal elements of Bergtatt, while still having a folk theme. Garm has since remarked that Kveldssanger was an “immature attempt at making a classical album.” He later clarified this by saying that the performance was immature, yet the content is strong when their youth is taken into account.

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  • xsparklingx

    Silence teaches you how to sing. <3

    24 Jan 11:42pm Reply
  • ClothesOptional

    why in the fuck are they too lazy to add Messe

    24 Jan 8:48am Reply
  • ettori_pf

    this band and swans are the most creative musical outputs nowadays

    21 Jan 3:23am Reply
  • CVince9

    I have never heard a better live sound than Ulver, just mesmerising.

    15 Jan 3:17pm Reply
  • Trveheimer

    anyone know where I can get some shirts or any other merch?

    2 Jan 10:41pm Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    The original master of Nattens actually wasn't clipped at all, despite being brickwalled to hell. The new version sounds way better though. There's much less brickwalling, which definitely makes it sound better. And the bass is way more audible, which is great because the bass on this album is awesome.

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Symbolofallloss

    Basing my entire music taste on my recently played, nice!

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Scrambles27

    well that's the first time I've ever been called a metal elitist, and by a weepy power metal aficionado no less. I feel like an achievement should pop up on my monitor.

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Symbolofallloss

    Translation: "The remaster sucks because it's not trve kvlt enough"

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Scrambles27

    Agree that the Bergatt remaster is weak. First off, they killed the dynamics, which while noticeable isn't the biggest reason it turned me off. The significant difference is that the production tweaks make it more "professional" sounding but kill the creepy recorded-in-a-cabin vibe that made me enraptured by the album in the first place. It's subtle, but the more even reverb and clearer bass ruin it for me. I imagine that a new listener wouldn't be put off by it though. The Nattens remaster is the opposite and I dig it. While I respect the original for being physically painful to listen to, the remaster isn't clipped to hell anymore and is better for it.

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Radioans

    how is it worse? i've yet to listen to it, i'm just curious.

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ReachDown

    Bergtatt remastered is much worse...

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Unmakable

    yeah, the Nattens remaster sounds really good. like unholydeath said, it's far more dynamic. comparing the sound waves between it and the original is pretty amusing. the treble was toned down a lot, but it still has plenty of bite. you hear so much more detail from the drums and bass than before, and even better, you can now actually crank this on a stereo without fear of destroying equipment or eardrums. it was already one of my absolute favorite black metal albums, and this remaster almost makes me feel like i did when i first started loving it.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • KillYourselff

    Десять ебучих шакалов из десяти.

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • unholydeath

    Strange as I find the Nattens remaster a lot better than the original. High end is not as tormenting anymore, but it's far more dynamic than the original press. And bass is more audible. Then again I did not find Bergtatt remaster that good at all.

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • _duif

    Remasters sound very good, except 'Nattens Madrigal', which seems to have lost a lot of its bite... Need to investigate further.

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • _duif

    'Trolsk Sortmetall' box looks amazing!

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
  • KILLI_SAPIK

    You may want to give this one a try : https://aframeintact.bandcamp.com/releases

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • dAziks

    @Rosnay - probably Alcest

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • onlycharles

    Ulver black metal is better, muuuuuch better! u.u

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
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