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Album Review

Ulver's first official album blends together diverse elements that would surface on their next two (wildly different) albums. On the one hand, there are sections of grim, blasting black metal with harsh vocals and blurred, buzzing guitars, similar to their later Nattens Madrigal/Madrigal of the Night album (though with less savage production). On the other hand, there are also a number of quiet, folk-like acoustic passages (including an entire song, "Bergtatt — Ind I Fjeldkamrene") in a style that the band developed more fully on their subsequent release, Kveldssanger. Forming a gray area in between these two extremes are the more subdued, mid-paced metal sections, during which frontman Garm sings in an unusual semi-chanted style. His overdubbed vocals resemble a choir of Gregorian monks, but instead of sounding merely odd, they fit really well with the music. Bergtatt is not the heaviest or most aggressive black metal around by a long shot — even the faster, more intense sections feel atmospheric due to the somewhat distant-sounding, not very closely miced production — nor is it the most evil or blasphemous. What makes the album stand out, along with the varied vocal styles and the excellent songwriting, is its unique atmosphere — mysterious, melancholic, eerie, and oddly tranquil. Considered a black metal classic by some followers of the genre, Bergtatt is an excellent debut and one of the high points among Ulver's impressive, diverse discography.

Customer Reviews

Bergtatt !!!

Ulver Best Album !!!


A true BM classic!


Ulver est un groupe norvégien qui à ses débuts, était un fier représentant de la scène black métal norvégienne. Ulver s’était démarqué à l'époque avec cet album au son très particulier. C'est-à-dire que l'utilisation de guitares acoustiques, de flûte traversière, de sons programmés ou encore de chants viirils (semblable à des chants grégoriens) était chose peu commune dans le black métal. Ulver s’était montré très avant-gardiste pour l'époque avec cet album qui élargissait les horizons de ce genre musical très puriste. Néanmoins, Bergtatt reste une oeuvre black métal à part entière du au fait que le son agressif et cru propre à ce genre musical n'est en aucun cas négligé par les membres du groupe. Garm, le chanteur du groupe, alterne avec perfection les cris écorchés et les chants clairs doux et apaisants. En somme, Bergtatt est un véritable bijou du black métal norvégien, et ce, en étant une oeuvre à la fois conventionnelle et révolutionnaire. Le tout, encadré par un son clair et bien équilibé.


Formed: 1994 in Oslo, Norway

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Norway's Ulver took their name from the Norse word for "wolf." As a unit, they are one of the most diverse groups in North European music. Though initially regarded as a black metal band, they have worked in numerous genres -- all dependent on predetermined concepts -- rendering them personae unto themselves. Led by vocalist Garm (Kristoffer Rygg), Ulver recorded three albums that created a trilogy andspawned a global reputation for stylistic unpredictability. The first, 1995's Bergtatt, was a...
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