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Album Review

Ulver's fifth album, Perdition City, continues in the more modern, electronic-oriented direction of their previous two releases, Themes From William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and the Metamorphosis EP, the latter of which stated in its liner notes that "Ulver is obviously not a black metal band and does not wish to be stigmatized as such." This album hammers that point home, since it really has nothing to do with metal, musically, visually, or lyrically. Instead, Perdition City is an album of moody, atmospheric electronica, built up around basic down-tempo beats and noir-ish electronic piano harmonies, and then fleshed out with various blips and bleeps, static noises, samples, and occasional vocals. Surprising moments include the lonely soprano saxophone solo on the opener, "Lost in Moments" (which comes dangerously close to adult contemporary/smooth jazz territory); the gravel-voiced Ken Nordine-sound-alike reciting what sounds like a voiceover from a '60s detective show during "Dead City Centres"; and frontman Christophorus Rygg's slick blue-eyed soul (!) singing on "Porn Piece or the Scars of Cold Kisses." Still, the highlight is the album's closing track (and its only real "song"), "Nowhere/Catastrophe," with its climactic vocal harmonies and purring, liquid-like electronic accents. There are questionable moments, such as the arguably pretentious narration during "We Are the Dead," but, on the whole, Perdition City evokes just the sort of desolate, rainy-night-in-the-city atmosphere it sets out to create.

Customer Reviews

Trip Hop anyone?

It's a groovy, dark, interesting album! Not my most favorite Ulver album, but their is nothing wrong with it! Every Ulver album is 10/5 stars!


This album is simply .... I can't even speak , This album ventures into all types of moods , theres something that calms the mind , something that makes you sad , something that makes you think about the past , and something that makes you terrified , this piece of art is avante-gard , and ulver is the picaso of music.


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 and spawned a global reputation for stylistic unpredictability. The first, 1995's Bergtatt, was a...
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