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Album: ''Vargnatt'' (1993 Demo)
1. Her Begynner Mine Arr...
2. Tragediens Trone
3. Trollskogen
4. Ulverytternes Kamp
5. Nattens Madrigal
6. Vargnatt

Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler

Album: ''Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler'' (1994)
1. Capitel I : I Troldskog Faren Vild
2. Capitel II : Soelen Gaaer Bag Aase Need
3. Capitel III : Graablick Blev Hun Vaer
4. Capitel IV : Een Stemme Locker
5. Capitel V : Bergtatt - Ind I Fjeldkamrene


Album: ''Kveldssanger'' (1995)
1. Østenfor Sol Og Vestenfor Maane
2. Ord
3. Høyfjeldsbilde
4. Nattleite
5. Kveldssang
6. Naturmystikk
7. A Cappella (Sielens Sang)
8. Hiertets Vee
9. Kledt I Nattens Farger
10. Halling
11. Utreise
12. Søfu-ør Paa Allfers Lund
13. Ulvsblakk

Nattens Madrigal - Aatte Hymne til Ulven i Manden

Album: ''Nattens Madrigal - Aatte Hymne til Ulven i Manden'' (1996)
1. Hymne I - Wolf and Fear
2. Hymne II - Wolf and the Devil
3. Hymne III - Wolf and Hatred
4. Hymne IV - Wolf and Man
5. Hymne V - Wolf and the Moon
6. Hymne VI - Wolf and Passion
7. Hymne VII - Wolf and Destiny
8. Hymne VIII - Wolf and the Night

Themes From William Blake

Album: ''Themes From William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'' (1998)
1. The Argument Plate 2
2. Plate 3
3. Plate 3 Following
4. The Voice of the Devil Plate 4
5. Plates 5-6
6. A Memorable Fancy Plates 6-7
7. Proverbs of Hell Plates 7-10
8. Plate 11
9. Intro
10. A Memorable Fancy Plates 12-13
11. Plate 14
12. A Memorable Fancy Plate 15
13. Plates 16-17


Album: ''Metamorphosis'' (1999 EP)
1. Of Wolves & Vibrancy
2. Gnosis
3. Limbo Central [Theme from Perdition City]
4. Of Wolves & Withdrawal

Perdition City

Album: ''Perdition City'' (2000)
1. Lost in Moments
2. Porn Piece or The Scars of Cold Kisses
3. Hallways of Always
4. Tomorrow Never Knows
5. The Future Sound of Music
6. We are the Dead
7. Dead City Centres
8. Catalept
9. Nowhere/Catastrophe

A Quick Fix of Melancholy

Album: ''A Quick Fix of Melancholy'' (2003 EP)
1. Little Blue Bird
2. Doom Sticks
3. Vowels
4. Eitttlane

Blood Inside

Album: ''Blood Inside'' (2005)
1. Dressed In Black
2. For the Love of God
3. Christmas
4. Blinded by Blood
5. It Is Not Sound
6. The Truth
7. In the Red
8. Your Call
9. Operator

Shadows of the Sun

Album: ''Shadows of the Sun'' (2007)
1. Eos
2. All the Love
3. Like Music
4. Vigil
5. Shadows of the Sun
6. Let the Children Go
7. Solitude (Black Sabbath cover)
8. Funebre
9. What Happened?



Ulver (Norwegian for “wolves”) is a multi-disciplinary musical group from Norway. Since their first, folklore-influenced black metal release in 1992, Ulver’s style has ever been changing by combining elements of experimental, electronic and ambient music, avant-garde rock, trip hop, and their own genre-defying innovations.

Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler is considered to be a folk-themed black metal album for its occasionally fast tempo, distorted electric guitars and croaky screaming vocals intermitted with melodious passages with clean vocals (making it a potentially viking metal album, but with general folk melodies intertwining and intermitting with black metal rather than folk tunes being played in a black-metal manner). The title Bergtatt literally translates as “mountain-taken”; in Norwegian folk tales the word refers to people who wander off into mountains, lured by trolls or other mythical beings. The narrative of the album’s lyrics follows a woman as she becomes so mountain-taken. The subtitle means “A Tale in 5 Chapters”. Bergtatt features a melancholic, fully acoustical song Een Stemme Locker (“A Voice Beckons”). Kristoffer “Garm” Rygg, Ulver’s frontman, has since expressed his view of Bergtatt as of a “very traditional black metal album.”

Kveldssanger, Ulver’s second album, contrasts with Bergtatt as it uses classical guitars, cello and chamber chants, and completely eschews the black-metal elements of Bergtatt, while still having a folk theme. Garm has since remarked that Kveldssanger was an “immature attempt at making a classical album.”

The third album, Nattens Madrigal (“Madrigal of the Night”), was a return to black metal, more ferocious than Bergtatt ever was, with only one mellow acoustic interlude in the first track. The album is intentionally under-produced, akin to Darkthrone's Transilvanian Hunger, with buzzing guitars and rather muffled drums. There are rumors surrounding this album and its recording, the most famous being that the band recorded this album in a forest. Another and less-known rumor is that the band purposely recorded the album on a four-track cassette recorder and used the money that Century Media gave them for other things, for example Armani suits, haircuts, cocaine, beer, and/or a new car.

Blake album

Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, released in 1998, was different from what Ulver, or even any other band, had made before. Tore Ylwizaker, a new composer and sound architect, paired up with Garm's expanding artistic visions and together they stepped over the boundaries of black metal aesthetics, creating a genre-defying work. In this album, the musicians blended electronics, industrial music elements, progressive metal and avant-garde rock, adding ambient passages. Lyrically, the album incorporates the entire text of the William Blake's poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, and features guest vocals. Despite confounding and perhaps alienating many fans of the band's first three albums, the album received widespread acclaim from critics within both the rock/metal and alternative music press. For instance, it was reviewed as 'album of the month' in several high-profile magazines such as Terrorizer, Metal Hammer and Rock Hard. It also ranked very high at many year's best polls that same year.

The metamorphosis

Ulver's next two releases, the EP Metamorphosis and full-length album Perdition City, were even more experimental than the “Blake Album”, and a lot more pensive. The Metamorphosis disclaimer reads: “We are as unknown to you as we always were.” The band had moved further away from rock and metal and into a more ethereal style, much like that of Coil. The use of programmed sound and atmospheric style is dominant here, unlike the previous albums. Neo-classical composer and film scorer Craig Armstrong may have been an influence on Ulver as his use of electronics and hip hop beats over strings and pianos is somewhat reminiscent of Ulver's later works.

Teachings in Silence and film soundtracks

The band followed up these two releases with two minimalist/ambient/glitch works Silence Teaches You How to Sing and Silencing the Singing. These works featured minimal melodies and often had subtle weird and unnatural noises throughout the song structures. Due to their individual rarity, they were later released together as “Teachings in Silence.”

Having proved their proficiency at making atmospheric electronic music, Ulver were hired to make music for cinema films Lyckantropen, Svidd Neger, and Uno.

Recent years

In 2003, Ulver began making more symphonic music. They released A Quick Fix of Melancholy, which kept the minimalist, sparse stylings of their previous albums, while adding a much more expressive, dramatic, symphonic element, with various string sounds (most likely sampled) and various operatic singing styles.

In July 2004, the band finished recording their next album, Blood Inside, which was released on June 6th, 2005. With Blood Inside, the band stepped away from the more minimal styles they had been experimenting with previously. Bringing back more traditional rock instruments like guitar and acoustic drums (since 1998 the band had used primarily digital drums and/or sampled beats), and combining them with real and synthetic classical instruments, brass horns and sound samples, the band created something they had never done before. Managing to fuse genres ranging from rock, classical, minimalism, electronica and vintage progressive music with Garm's broad vocal range, Ulver created an album that was far beyond anything anyone has heard in the avantgarde scene.

Ulver have recently collaborated with drone band Sunn O))) on a 15-minute track which appears on Sunn O)))'s WHITEbox box set, released in July of 2006. Additionally, Ulver had announced back in 2002 that they had been working on a string remake of Nattens Madrigal, but Garm has stated on the message board of his alternative rock band, Head Control System, that the project "is in a state of total dormancy."

Ulver have announced that their 7th full-length album, SHADOWS OF THE SUN, is finished and will be released October 1st 2007.

Black/Folk Metal (1993-1996), Ambient/Avantgarde/Electronica (1998-)

Sorrow, Lycanthropy, Scenery, God and Religion

Norway (Oslo), formed in 1993

Jester Records


Trickster G. (Kristoffer Rygg aka Garm) : Vocals (1993-) (ex-Arcturus (Nor), ex-Borknagar, Head Control System)
Tore Ylwizaker : Programming, Keyboards (1998-)
Jørn H. Sværen : Miscellaneous (2000-)

Håvard Jørgensen (aka Haavard) : Guitars (1993-1998, session: 2000, 2005) (ex- Satyricon)
Skoll (Hugh Stephen James Mingay) : Bass (1994-1998) (Arcturus (Nor), Ved Buens Ende, Fimbulwinter)
AiwarikiaR (Erik O. Lancelot) : Drums, Flute (1994-1998) (Nattefrost, ex-Valhall, ex-Code)
Aismal aka Tykje (Torbjørn Pedersen) : Guitars (1994-1996)
Knut Magne Valle : Guitars (1998) (Arcturus (Nor))
Stian - Guitars
Grellmund : Rhythm Guitars (R.I.P) (1993)
A. Reza : Lead Guitars (1993)
Robin Malmberg: Bass (1993) (Mysticum)
Carl-Michael Eide (aka Czral, Exhurtum) : Drums (1993) (Aura Noir, Cadaver Inc, Virus (Nor), Ved Buens Ende, Dødheimsgard, Infernö, Satyricon)


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