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Ulver - Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr I 5 Capitler CD (album) cover




Post Rock/Math rock

4.02 | 157 ratings

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3 stars Ulver, now an ambient mellow band, barely in the outskirts of being called rock. Then. a black metal band, complete with the eerie recording techniques, non stop drumming and riffing, and simple guitar solo's. I like both versions, quite a bit. I'm a complete newcomer to black metal, with only two albums so far (this one, and wolves in the throne room), I must say, the drumming is quite a turnoff to me, and unless the riffs really compliment each other good, they get bland fast, which s the case for about forty percent of the album.

The music basically switches from electric to acoustic, Grunty vocals to clean choir like vocals, with some Gregorian chant thrown in their for good measure. The guitars IMO, don't really do a good job of fusing together when being strummed like crazy, though this might just be a cause of the strange recording. I love black metal solo's when the intense strumming is going, and Ulver pretty much put that love on me from this album, with very clean and calm solo's flow easily while the rest of the band is going insane. My least favorite aspect of this album (and black metal in general) is the snare work. Usually with metal, it's the double bass drum that drives me crazy, but with this style, the snare is being hit almost as much as the hi hat/crash, leaving the drumming to chaotic and overdone for my tastes The beautiful/crazy lyrics are supposedly about a bunch a Norwegian folk tales which they fuse together to follow one character, I wouldn't take my word on it though.

A good album, but there is a little bit of immaturity surrounding it, especially with the more intense metal parts. I don't know how they go from this one to Shadows of the sun, but losing a bunch of members, and the discovery of the drum machine was probably a big factor. Either way, I don't any Ulver I don't like, and this album is exceptional, but from what I'm told, pretty average as far as black metal goes. I was in it for the progginess, and though it barely even exists, I wont rate it based on a lack of elements it doesn't need. 3 stars.

Dim | 3/5 |


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