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Post Rock/Math rock

4.02 | 157 ratings

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4 stars Thus begins the journey. I was intrigued when I first read about Ulver and how their style is so varied. I just had to explore this band and (for the most part) I have done a thorough job of it. Now, just because their first album turned out to be considered Black Metal, is it really fair to label them as a Black Metal band that has "sold out"? Or are they really a innovative band out proving that music should not be limited to labeling? This first official album by Ulver is definitely Black Metal and considered by many to be one of the best ever. I don't know if I can judge it as being the best since I am not an expert in black or technical metal and am limited somewhat to my knowledge of Progressive Metal, but I do know that this album has an amazing amount of ingenuity and beauty in amongst the noise and discord that is prevalent here. After hearing most of their discography, I would consider Ulver one of the best all around groups ever, because everything I have heard from them is quality material in some form. This album is no exception. Now it might be hard for those who do not like black metal to appreciate this on the first several listens, and I do admit it was hard for me to appreciate it for a while. But listening to this album from time to time has brought out the genius of the music that is here. This album is full of surprises throughout, chanting, growling, clean vocals, folk acoustic and a lot of black metal mayhem. It's all here. This album and this band definitely deserves a place in the Prog Archives without a doubt. They are unpredictable and in most cases, masters of each genre of music they tackle. The one thing that seems to be consistent throughout their discography is darkness, their music is dark and is always dark. It doesn't pretend to be anything else. Opeth, Amathema, and Agollach are all band that I also love and that have also explored many facets of different genres, but not even close to the extent that Ulver has. Those other great bands mostly stay in the realms of variations of customary rock, but no one has ventured as far and as successfully as Ulver. Electronica, jazz, folk, movie soundtracks, poetry/literature, spoken word, ambience, and yes even silence have been explored by this band and always done well. I recommend this album, but then I do recommend that all prog-heads become familiar with all of their discography. You will be surprised many times on your journey. I guarantee it.
TCat | 4/5 |


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