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Ulver

Norway's Ulver took their name from the Norse word for "wolf." As a unit, they are one of the most diverse groups in North European music. Though initially regarded as a black metal band, they have worked in numerous genres -- all dependent on predetermined concepts -- rendering them personae unto themselves.

Led by vocalist Garm (Kristoffer Rygg), Ulver recorded three albums that created a trilogy andspawned a global reputation for stylistic unpredictability. The first, 1995's Bergtatt, was a black metal offering that detailed a Norse legend in which maidens are abducted by denizens of the underworld. by denizens of the underworld. Their second offering, Kveldssanger, issued a year later, employed classical guitars, strings, and a chamber choir, performing original folk and classical dirges. Ulver made their international debut with the final entry in their trilogy, 1997's Nattens Madrigal, an album about wolves, came full circle; it was intentionally underproduced and performed in traditional Norwegian black metal style.

In late 1997, Garm began working with keyboardist, sound conceptualist, and composer Tore Ylwizaker, who joined the band formally. Together they created the strategy for Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven & Hell, which was issued in 1998. The album initially proved a head scratcher for fans since it transcended black metal's aesthetics and employed everything from ambient and classical sounds to industrial, prog metal, and art rock, but was eventually regarded as one of their finest moments.

The Metamorphosis EP, the first of their electronic "ambient soundtracks" works was released in 1999, followed by four records of the same type in quick succession: their fifth album, Perdition City (Music to an Interior Film) in 2000, and three EPs: Silence Teaches You How to Sing and Silencing the Singing, both in 2001, and 2003's A Quick Fix of Melancholy.

In 2005, Ulver released Blood Inside, their sixth full-length, and an album that marked a return to standard rock instrumentation, combined with orchestral instruments and arrangements. Their seventh studio album, Shadows of the Sun saw another sonic sea change. Ulver enlisted guitarist and producer Christian Fennesz and Theremin master Pamelia Kurstin as collaborators. The album received the Album of the Year Award at the Oslo Awards.

In 2009, Ulver announced it would become a quartet. Its three extant members -- Garm, Ylwizaker, and multi-instrumentalist Jørn H. Sværen enlisted British composer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel O'Sullivan, who had joined the group. The first album to feature the quartet was 2011's Wars of the Roses, followed by a thoroughly reimagined collection of '60s cover versions on 2012's Childhood's End, and an EP from the Roadburn Festival, as well as a DVD of a performance at the Norwegian National Opera.

Also that year, Ulver received a commission for a new work from the Tromsø Kulturhus in Norway in cooperation with the Arctic Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra. Entitled Messe I.X-VI.X, it was performed and recorded by the band (with new member Ole Alexander Halstensgård replacing O'Sullivan) with the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra. The original recordings underwent post-production work with orchestral arranger Martin Romberg, and were finally released in the fall of 2013. Also in 2013, Ulver collaborated on a full-length recording with Sunn 0))); it was released as Terrestrials in February of 2014. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi
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by denizens of the underworld.
Heaven and hell, bergdatt, nattens.can' t get better than those 3.
This is a great album...The mixture of harmonies with black metal riffs...the suddel..muff l e d growling vocals..and atmospheric approach to brutal music....its like darkthrone meets one of those sounds of nature cds old people play when they light candles



The William Blake one would be hard to work into Pandora. There are too many really little tracks and it all kind of runs together like one song. It's definitely an album to be listened to as an album. I think most Ulver works best as album listening, but especially that album.
William Blake album is best
tcrosby142
The first 3 albums are definitely their best. Their later work is boring
Where are the first 3 albums? That's what got me into them. Don't bury your past.
dreamsinthel o w l i g h t s
Yes, Pandora needs to fill the discography with Shadows of the Sun and then Wars of the Roses. Forget about their harsh black metal days, that sound has not represented them for years.
Definetly, where is Shadows of the Sun, frigging killer and they don'y have it on here very dis. Pandora
Shadows of the Sun is awesome. We need it on here.
just got here-been listening to them but not listening to them now im listening to them.meditat i o n is agressive action and thats how i feel about Ulver-so far...i will investigate further before i open my big mouth again...
elricl0rd
need to get in the shadow of the sun up. oh and themes from william blake's marriage of heaven and hell. personally I'm not a huge fan of their black metal albums. but their new stuff is incredible and unique.
no one makes black metal like the northern european folk
Yes, Bergtatt is an epic album. Possibly their best. Nattens Madrigal is also a very good album, Norwegian Black Metal at its best, and also Kveldsfanger is one of the most Beautiful albums i have ever heard, If you like Kveldsfanger check out Empyrium's albums. Very similiar. Ulver is one of the most diversified artists out there. Could listen to them all day long. But please pandora, get Bergtatt up!
where is the bergtatt album? it is their best.
Wow! Thanks music!
Wow! Thanks Pandora!
Wow! Thanks Pandora!
otseis... the prime black metal material of Ulver are the first three albums. Two of them are on Pandora: Kveldfanger, the acoustic album (still black metal in atmosphere even if not instrumentat i o n ) and Nattens Madrigal, the really noisy album. The first album Bergtatt is more a standard black metal album and I recommend that one over the others. But I get the most entertainmen t out of Themes from William Blake's A Marriage of Heaven and Hell, the nerdiest industrial concept album ever.
blackmagi2, it is because there is an air of esoteric, forsaken nature in both Ulver and Opeth, yet a soothing solace to be found in the center of the bleakness. I also get the feeling of Tool when I first listened to Opeth. totally different sound but it was a sort of mindset that linked the two.
Emberart has no idea what he's talking about. Ha ha! j/k my man. Ulver is almost everything I've ever wanted one band to be. The more I learn about them and listen to them, the more I realize they're one of my favorites. This bio is extremely weak though.
Ulver vaguely reminds me of Opeth. Even though they are two very different bands, I can't help but be reminded of Opeth when I listen to ulver, and vice versa.
emberart
yeah! as far as their metal stuff goes its kinda diverse. my favorite is bergatt- et eeventyr I 5 capitler. its a great mix of melodic and "drone" the vocals are the more gregorian chant kinda of stuff found on kveldsfanger mixed with evil screaming. it sounds lot like agalloch. well i guess vice versa as this was released before they came out. nattens madrigal is a great album, though if your not into metal the quality might be hard to take at first. but what do you want .. it was recorded in
I haven't heard their black metal stuff. But now I'm interested. Anyone have suggestions?
ajshrews
I think metal sucks, but whatever is coming through my speakers is awesome. (hallways of always)
Shame that they would denounce the black metal material. Most bands that try to progress in the way they did are unsuccessful . I think they made a smooth transition.
halways of always, amazing song
Steve Huey should definitely update this. Ulver has unfortunatel y expressed their discontent for their black metal material, casting it off as "immature." While I disagree, their new sound is faaaaaaaaar from black metal. I can only call it experimental . Shadows of the Sun is incredible.
Joey-SD Its hard to put a label on these guys. But all of the old stuff from the 90's is traditional black metal. I like it all! Ya gotta kinda have a diverse musical taste to dig these guys.
GARBAGE!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
oh yea, these guys take me under. They have a concept using "Themes From William Blake's The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell". Pretty amazing.
Are they really black metal? or is this profile mixed up? Either way- dope stuff!
A deep undercurrent swirling me around and under . . .
I'm obsessed with Ulver right now, such a versatile band they move me to so many emotional states. Every album I've heard is unique in it's own. Can't say enough good things about them.
ambercatgodd e s s
I really enjoy this music.It is very deep and soothing to me.

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