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Bergtatt (1994), 6.5/10
Kveldssanger (1995), 5/10
Nattens Madrigal (1996), 6.5/10
Themes From William Blake's The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell (1998), 7/10
Perdition City (2000), 5/10
Lyckantropen Themes (2003), 5/10
Svidd Neger (2003), 5/10
1993-2003 (2003), 4/10
Blood Inside (2005), 6.5/10
Shadows Of The Sun (2008), 6/10
Wars of the Roses (2011), 4/10
Messe I.X-VI.X (2013), 6/10
The Assassination of Julius Caesar (2017), 4.5/10

Norway's black-metal band Ulver debuted with Bergtatt (1994). Both its arrangements (keyboards and flutes) and their vocals (mostly in the regular rock register) shunned the cliches of the genre and flirted with Scandinavian folk. On the other hand, they showed they could be a ferocious black-metal gang on Nattens Madrigal (1996). In between these albums, they released an acoustic, "unplugged" album, Kveldssanger (1995).

Then they proceeded to create an "electronic black metal" with the double-disc colossal Themes From William Blake's The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell (1998), an ambitiously diverse collection that introduced elements of techno and industrial music. Even trip-hop leaked into Perdition City (2000).

Teachings In Silence (Black Apple) collects the EPs Silence Teaches You How To Sing, containing a single 24-minute electronic poem, and Silencing The Singing, two of their most experimental works, closer to collages of musique concrete than to metal riffs.

Lyckantropen Themes (2003) and Svidd Neger (Jester, 2003) are film soundtracks.

1993-2003 (Jester, 2003) is a remix album.

After toying with electronica, techno beats, prog-rock dynamics, etc, Ulver summarized all their influences on the stylistic fusion of Blood Inside (The End, 2005), running the gamut from industrial to ambient music, from downtempo dance music to doom metal, and spicing everything up with sampled snippets of jazz, blues, classical music, continuously recasting black metal into wildly different frameworks. The orgiastic whirlwinds of Christmas and It is not Sound and postmodernist collages such as In The Red lay the foundations for the final truculent hymn, Operator.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Marco Spagnuolo)

Gli Ulver sono un band di black-metal norvegese. Il loro primo album viene pubblicato nel 1994 con il titolo Bergtatt Et Eeventyr I 5 Capitler (Head Not Found, 1994).

Nel 1995 e’ la volta dell’"unplugged album", Kveldssanger (Head Not Found, 1995).

Il secondo album degli Ulver e’ Nattens Madrigal – Aatte Hymne Til Ulven I Manden (Century Media, 1996).

Questi due album, sia grazie ai loro arrangiamenti con tastiere e flauti ,sia grazie ad un cantato piu’ vicino ad un registro rock regolare, riescono ad evitare i cliches del genere.

In seguito gli Ulver usciranno dalla massa enorme delle black metal band, creando una sorta di "electronic black-metal" con il colossale doppio disco Themes From William Blake's The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell (Jester Records, 1998), un’opera ambiziosa e originale che introduce elementi della techno e della musica industriale. Anche il trip hop viene inserito nel successivo Perdition City (Jester Records, 2000).

Teachings In Silence (Black Apple, 2002) raccoglie gli EP Silence Teaches You How To Sing e Silencing The Singing, due dei loro lavori piu’ sperimentali, piu’ vicini ai collage di musica concreta che ai riff del metal.

Lyckantropen Themes (Jester Records, 2002) e Svidd Neger (Jester Records, 2003) sono colonne sonore.

1993-2003 (Jester, 2003) e’ un album di remix.

Dopo aver giocato con elettronica, techno, dinamiche progressive ecc, gli Ulver sintetizzano tutte le loro influenze in una fusione stilistica che prende il nome di Blood Inside ( Jester Records, 2005), in questo album vi è di tutto dall’ industriale all’ambient, dalla musica dance al doom metal e amalgamando il tutto con frammenti campionati di jazz, blues e musica classica, rigenerando continuamente il black metal. Le trombe d’aria orgiastiche di brani come Christmas e It is not Sound e i collage postmodernisti come In The Red mettono le basi per il truculento inno finale di Operator.

Gli Ulver pubblicano nel 2007 un nuovo lavoro The Shadows Of The Sun(The Jester Records,2007).

Shadows Of The Sun (Jester, 2008) relaxed the music a bit too much, sailing towards a soothing form of new-age music, including trumpet-driven songs like All the Love, Solitude and Let the Children Go.

Wars of the Roses (2011) mixed several styles in one album, from relatively mainstream prog-rock (including the first single of their career, February MMX) to the tedious 15-minute ambient poem Stone Angels.

Childhood's End (K-Scope, 2012) is a collection of covers, and The Norwegian National Opera (2012) is a live album.

The mostly instrumental Messe I.X-VI.X (2013), a collaboration with a chamber orchestra, excels at mixing orchestral and electronic elements in an introspective manner, for example in the 12-minute As Syrians Pour in Lebanon Grapples With Ghosts of a Bloody Past, but it also contains the relatively traditional eight-minute song Son of Man and the bizarre sound collage of Noche Oscura del Alma.

The three lengthy droning pieces of Terrestrials (2014) document a collaboration with Sunn O))).

Ulver succumbed to the synth-pop revival of the time on The Assassination of Julius Caesar (2017), a collection of glossy, bombastic, and mostly cretin electronic dance-pop ballads.

Few bands in the history of rock music have changed style so often and so radically.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da xxx)

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