Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Ulver - Messe I.X-VI.X (CD Review)
01.As Syrians Pour In, Lebanon Grapples With Ghosts Of A Bloody Past
03.Glamour Box (Osbinati)
04.Son Of Man
05.Noche Oscura Del Alma
06.Mother Of Mercy
Kristoffer Garm Rygg (Programming/Vocals)
Jørn H. Sværen (Various)
Tore Ylwizaker (Keyboards/Programming)
Daniel O'Sullivan (Guitars/Keyboards/Vocals)
Tromso Chamber Orchestra
Artic Opera & Philharmonic Orchestra
Martin Romberg (Arrangements)
Ulver are a musical group from Norway formed in 1993. Since their first, folklore-influenced black metal release entitled 'Bergtatt – Et eeventyr i 5 capitler' in 1994, their musical style has been fluid and increasingly eclectic, blending genres such as rock, electronica, symphonic and chamber traditions, noise and experimental music into their oeuvre, but with a heavy reliance on electronic recording techniques.
Producing an epic 2 disc set in 1998 with 'Themes From William Blakes Marriage Of Heaven & Hell' which put them at odds with the Black Metal community but unleashed them onto a wider audience and a new fan base.
There is a danger with reviewing an album like this, having seen a few already they tend to over intellectualise like some university professor of high brow classical music, for fuck sake i really hate that, because whatever the style of music performed here we are still talking about "Rock & Roll" not writing a thesis on complexity of instrumentation!
So with that in mind (and me being me) here is my review :
Track one kicks off with a very low bass rumble with samples laid over, soon blends into some nice keyboard work and sombre classical music.
A more electronic feel for 'Shri Schneider' very reminiscent of early Tangerine Dream, this same vive continues into 'Glamour Box'.
'Son Of Man' has a great vocal delivery, again very downbeat and sombre, but such great harmony to such dark lyrics.
Darkend bass rumblings return for track five, a brooding horror soundtrack, very disturbing vocals and strange synth pulses.
Finally 'Mother Of Mercy' slightly less disturbing, but keeping that creepy ambient feel right to the very end.
For Fans Of : Coil, John Zorn, Tangerine Dream, Blut Aus Nord, Akira Yamaoka
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