Ulver, the Norwegian enigma that have always thrived on provoking with class and conviction have always set their own standards that would set themselves up in
a class of their own.
Every time this forward-thinking group release a new chapter, no matter what musical incarnation they decide to entice with, it is always inevitable that the shapes
they come in are nothing short of intriguing, and intimidating. Taking their moniker from the Norwegian word for wolves, and being inspired by ideas of lycanthropy
– the metamorphosis of man into beast – as well as ancient Norse myths and nature, Ulver would come onto the black metal scene, signifying what was to
become its second wave, and single-handedly shaping what was to become avant-garde black metal.
It was already clear with the Vargnatt promo tape, released in 1993, that Ulver had an impeccable mystique surrounding their aura. Layered with a sad romantic
impression that would eventually lead the band to create their legendary trilogy (consisting of Bergtatt, Kveldssanger, and Nattens Madrigal), it would be with
Vargnatt that Ulver first marked themselves as one of the most distinct and progressive artists that dwelled within the Norwegian black metal scene. Not only were
they sonically exceptional, but thematically as well; the concepts, tales and themes that would reach deep into the heart of medieval Norway would also add to the
overall atmosphere, creating a heavily layered canvas glazed from a palette of dark wonders.
Forging a sound which was drenched in bleak, harsh, and unearthly tones, Ulver amalgamated their ethereal black metal histrionics with delicate folk-inspired
passages reflecting visions of nature and myth at the height of their powers. It was then that Ulver became an observation that set them apart from the pack. And
still to this day, Ulver have always managed to stir up some sort of conversation or controversy, sometimes leading to the point of offending; something they have
always thrived on and which has ultimately defined their nature (of the beast). Vargnatt is where it all began: primitive, rough, yet wondrous and beautiful.
Side - A Side - B
1. Capitel I: I Troldskog faren vild [Led astray in the Forest darke] - Ulver (7:56) 1. Capitel IV: Een Stemme locker [A Voice Beckons Her] - Ulver (4:01)
2. Capitel II: Soelen gaaer bag Aase need [Betwixt cragges a descending Sunne] -
2. Capitel V: Bergtatt - ind i Fjeldkamrene [Spellbound - Into the Mountaine] - Ulver
3. Capitel III: Graablick blev hun vaer [She senses Eyne of Grey] - Ulver (7:44)
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