2020… What a year. Well, we can hang our hats on at least one thing; the music! Yes, 2020…
As an unclad, staccato synth melody arrives without fanfare, the immediate sensation upon the commencement of Pharaoh Overlord’s latest…
Way back in 1857, when Baudelaire published his poetic denigration of Parisian excess and opulence, Les Fleurs du Mal,…
When We Are Forgotten (Napalm Records) represents a honing of Imperium Dekadenz’ craft: atmospheric black metal that marries the emotional response of extreme metal with the intellectual appreciation of progressive metal, while painting a musical picture of anger and loneliness.
Waldgeflüster’s latest offering, Mondscheinsonaten (Nordvis Produktion), is a gentle lullaby delivered via the near-perfect meshing of gentle folk-like acoustic melodies with blastbeat-ridden waves of black metal hellfire.
On Heir to Despair, Japan’s Sigh have, as usual, taken the road less travelled and released yet another fresh, genre-defying album of progressive, avant-garde black metal. This approach may not guarantee popularity, but they can definitely sleep the sleep of the artistically fulfilled.
Myra is a stunning record from Spurv and their collaborators, who all demonstrate an intimate understanding of how to create vibrancy and stillness in the listeners’ souls.
On February 10, 2017, Indie Recordings will be issuing The High Heat Licks Against Heaven, the new album from Norwegian atmospheric black metal band Nidingr and, ahead of the release, the band are exclusively premiering their new single “Ash Ygdrassil” on PureGrainAudio.
Every bit and piece of ATGCLVLSSCAP represents everything that Ulver has been about since their beginning, even going back to the black metal records. Sometimes a band is just perfect in every single aspect, and Ulver is one of those bands.
When musicians are so talented that they can entertain, provoke introspective thought, or simply build a great amount of atmosphere to keep the listener’s attention for over an hour. That is a true work of art.
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.
Norwegian avant-garde rock outfit, Ulver, has updated the ‘Childhood’s End’ mini-site with a stream of the band’s rendition of We The People’s, “In the Past.” Childhood’s End, a 16-track collection of psychedelic rock covers recorded in unique fashion by one of Scandinavia’s most passionate and diverse bands, is due out June 5th via Kscope.
Although Norwegian band Ulver began its recording career as a black metal band, the outfit has evolved so much since its 1995 debut album, Bergtatt—Et eeventyr i 5 capitler, that the only accurate way to classify it would be if there was a genre called “chameleon.” Its sound defies description, not just because it doesn’t fit neatly within musical boundaries, but because Ulver’s albums are meant to be experienced, not just listened to.