This is an interesting release from a band that has consistently forged their own path while simultaneously defying categorization. From their early days of black metal to the experimental avant-garde sound of their last record, to the hippie ‘60s vibe of Childhood’s End, Ulver seems to know no bounds.
Now Childhood’s End is not what I would have expected from the band, but if you approach this with an open mind and listen to it for what it is, then you’ll find sixteen renditions of obscure cover songs (I was only familiar with 3 songs on the disc) from acts such as The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane and the Electric Prunes.
These are not songs that have been redone with a heavy metal slant, distortion and screaming vocals. Instead, these are songs that stay true to the originals complete with melodic vocals drowned out in an overabundance of reverb; they truly sound as if they have been ripped straight from the 60’s.
If you’re looking for a metal record, this ain’t it. However if you like things a bit retro and a bit outside the box, I recommend firing up some incense, turning on that old lava lamp and giving Childhood’s End a spin.
01. Bracelets of Fingers (The Pretty Things)
02. Everybody’s Been Burned (The Byrds)
03. The Trap (Bonniwell’s Music Machine)
04. In the Past (Chocolate Watchband)
05. Today (Jefferson Airplane)
06. Can You Travel in the Dark Alone? (Gandalf)
07. I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night (Electric Prunes)
08. Street Song (The 13th Floor Elevators)
09. 66-5-4-3-2-1 (Troggs)
10. Dark is the Bark (Left Banke)
11. Magic Hollow (Beau Brummels)
12. Soon There Will Be Thunder (Common People)
13. Velvet Sunsets (Music Emporium)
14. Lament of the Astral Cowboy (Curt Boettcher)
15. I Can See the Light (Les Fleur De Lys)
16. Where is Yesterday (United States Of America)
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Release Date: May 27, 2012
Check out the song: “In the Past”