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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.

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How can you go wrong for $5? Classic Norwegian Black Metal. I can honestly say now that I finally know where American Black Metal band Agalloch gets their influence from. Did I mention this album is only $5?!? Buy this now!
Also, if you like this, then check out Agalloch too. I don't think you'll be disappointed if you like this style of music.


The best black folk metal album ever. Buy it.

Benchmark Performance

Probably one of the most diverse bands througout Scandanavia. They started out as a raw black metal band, gave this performance(not sure what to call it), did an entire folk album, went back to the raw black metal, then somehow went into electronica....Don't waste your time on all their other albums like I did, but definitely do not pass up on buying this album! This is one of the best albums in the history of metal. An instant epic classic. BUY IT NOW \m/


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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