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SHADOWS OF THE SUN

Ulver

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.92 | 199 ratings

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Dim
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3 stars Well well well... I got this album right after I got Bergtatt, being my first album by Ulver, VERY VERY different. This group has been everywhere, black metal, WEREWOLF metal, industrial, jazzy electronic, and now ambient? Shadows of the sun makes Sigur ros look like a grindcore band, that is how chilled out this album is, Tangerine dream would even have a hard time facing off against these guys!

The album starts with a very slow, but catchy song Eos, that is even singalongable, and this even flows to a more upbeat song (by upbeat, by no means to I actually mean upbeat). This song All the Love features one of the two point in the album where a full drumbeat takes place. Complete with an atonal and off time piano riff the song obviously has the most energy (and by energy, by no means do I mean energy). Only once more in the album do the songs get anywhere close to this MAGNITUDE, and that's in the song shadows of the sun, where the energy only lasts a fraction of this song. Still some of the songs are unbearably catch and melodic, and semi nice to relax to. If you want energy... go with All the love, if you want catchy go with solitude, if you want slow and melodic, go with Eos.

A lot of people are touched by this emotionally, and a lot of people think this is the dumbest thing Ulver has done (behind Nattens madrigal). I think it's a pretty good album, definitely not up to par with Themes, but none the less a good, album by one of my favorite bands at the moment. Recommended to a small few in the super chill section of post rock.

Dim | 3/5 |

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