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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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  • Borreh

    Hmm. Will try to post something tomorrow, now I'm going sleep. But one thing that's *remotely* simillar is stuff in the vein of Stenbeck. Much more modern and catchy, but still. Also, this gem by Empty, Not exactly *Ulver*, but sorta' reminescent. Also, of course, Coil, Ulver's huge inspiration. That's from the top of my head right now.

    Yesterday 1:16am Reply
  • peppi-fritzl

    are there any albums similiar to perdition city? i´ve listened to a lot of electronic music, but nothing comes even close to ulvers electronic phase

    27 Jul 12:40am Reply
  • justine_tranter

    Bergatt ♥

    16 Jul 1:48am Reply
  • negativApproach

    Nattens Madrigal is one the best bm-record ever, really.

    14 Jul 11:48pm Reply
  • PoliSaiyajin

    No similar artists. I doubt there ever will be (2)

    24 Jun 5:40am Reply
  • IBlackened

    There are still people who don't know how to use Google.

    10 Jun 3:08pm Reply
  • Andre_L-

    Now on Facebook: (1) Messe in Concert - live with some 15 minutes of new music - in late Autumn. (2) Hi-end analogue repress of Perdition City, possibly on vinyl. (3) Some rock oriented mutant put together from live recordings by Daniel O'Sullivan. (4) The Assassination of Julius Caesar - The new full album. (5) Demoner - soundtrack from the Norwegian National Theatre - some time in the future. HEAVY BREATHING

    4 Jun 12:28am Reply
  • lebital

    @JuanHaughm Nattens Madrigal is one of my favourite black metal albums, and possibly the best lo-fi metal record ever made.

    20 May 1:49pm Reply
  • JuanHaughm

    which album is black metal? Cuz i been listening must of them, and idont see how this is black metal. [2]

    18 May 4:57pm Reply
  • think-

    I love lyckantropen themes.

    17 May 11:15pm Reply
  • soheil21

    Eos عالیه

    17 May 9:05pm Reply
  • Toll_Suur

    v Svidd Neger, Wars Of The Roses, Perdition City... Everything they've done since 1998 is experimental and to some extent electronic

    8 May 9:13pm Reply
  • fi0let

    Which of their albums are most experimental electronic ones?

    7 May 11:51am Reply
  • unrein777

    No similar artists. I doubt there ever will be.

    7 May 3:57am Reply
  • patisawesome121

    Natterns and family gatherings........a recipe for excellent reactions.

    6 May 2:51am Reply
  • Shinno9

    Isee_deadpeople Thanks , I will listen to that album, thoug, this music is so good, even my mom like it, we listen Ulver together.

    2 May 9:31pm Reply
  • Isee_deadpeople

    @Shinno9 Nattens Madrigal is a classic black metal album, Bergatt is bm with folk influences. There's also a demo called Vargnatt that is great too.

    1 May 3:47pm Reply
  • Shinno9

    which album is black metal? Cuz i been listening must of them, and i dont see how this is black metal.

    30 Apr 2:40pm Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Cool Music

    23 Apr 5:44pm Reply
  • deathsdemise123

    Hail the wolves.

    19 Apr 12:29pm Reply
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