Origin: Norway
Genres: Black Metal, Eclectic Metal
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Ulver  


The primary band of visionary Kristoffer Rygg, who early in his career went by the name Garm and now is known as Trickster G, Ulver presents one of the most unique and baffling of recording histories of any metal band. Once upon a time, Ulver was a simple black metal band, though even their tenure there can only be described as unconventional. Their debut, Bergtatt, is likely the most "normal" album they've ever recorded, a raw, old-school black metal affair not a lot different from their then-contemporaries. For their followup, though, came the first surprise, as Kveldssanger is essentially an all-acoustic black metal album, rich with traditional Norse folk melodies and chants, certainly not what many might expect as a band's second album. Following that was a return to semi-normalcy, 1997's Nattens Madrigal being even more raw and basic than the debut, with lyrical themes based entirely on wolves as evidenced by the song titles (indeed, Ulver is the Norwegian word for wolves). And, just like that, Ulver were no longer a black metal band. In one of the most startling left turns in the history of extreme metal (eclipsing that of Pyogenesis), Ulver released in 1999 the album Themes From William Blake's The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell, the title alone being a loud signal that this had little if anything in common with the previous releases. With 2000's Perdition the transformation was complete, as not only were any remnants of their black metal past erased, there's really no trace of any metal of any kind. Ulver now delves into all sorts of trip-hop, electronica, and ambient experimentalism, much of which is interesting in itself, but simply no longer relevant to a metal forum. Kudos to Trickster G, though, for working on his own terms.

Current Members

Garm (Kristoffer Rygg)

vocals (Arcturus, Borknagar, Head Control System)

Tore Ylwizaker

programming

Jørn Sværen

drums

Ole Alexander Halstensgård

other

Former Members/Guests

Håvard Jorgensen

guitars

Aismal (Torbjørn Pedersen)

guitars

Skoll (Hugh Steven James Mingay)

bass (Arcturus, Ved Buens Ende)

Daniel O'Sullivan

guitars/bass/keyboards

Aiwarikiar (Erik O. Lancelot)

drums (Code)


Discography



Bergtatt 
1994 Head Not Found
  1. I troldskog faren vild
  2. Solen gaaer bag aase ned
  3. Graablick blev hun vaer
  4. Een stemme locker
  5. Bergtatt - ind i fjeldkamrene
  • Garm
  • Håvard Jorgensen
  • Aismal
  • Skoll
  • Aiwarikiar

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Kveldssanger 
1995 Head Not Found
  1. Østenfor og bestenfor maane
  2. Ord
  3. Høyfjeldsbilde
  4. Nattleite
  5. Kveldssang
  6. Naturmystikk
  7. A cappella (Sielens Sang)
  8. Hiertets Bee
  9. Kledt i Nattens Farger
  10. Halling
  11. Utreife
  12. Søfn - ør paa Ulfers Lund
  13. Ulvsblakk
  • Garm
  • Håvard Jorgensen
  • Aiwarikiar




Nattens Madrigal 
1996 Century Media
  1. Wolf and fear
  2. Wolf and devil
  3. Wolf and hatred
  4. Wolf and man
  5. Wolf and moon
  6. Wolf and passion
  7. Wolf and destiny
  8. Wolf and night
  • Garm
  • Håvard Jorgensen
  • Aismal
  • Skoll
  • Aiwarikiar

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Metal Observer 



Themes From William Blake's Marriage 
1998 Jester
  1. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
  2. The Argumentum Plate 2
  3. Plate 3
  4. The Voice of the Devil Plate 4
  5. Plates 5-6
  6. A Memorable Fancy Plates 6-7
  7. Proverbs of Hell Plates 7-10
  8. Plate 11
  9. A Memorable Fancy Plates 12-13
  10. Plate 14
  11. A Memorable Fancy Plate 15
  12. Plates 16-17
  13. A Memorable Fancy Plates 17-20
  14. Plates 21-22
  15. A Memorable Fancy Plates 22-24
  16. A Song of Liberty Plates 25-27
  17. Chorus
  • Garm
  • Håvard Jorgensen
  • Skoll
  • Tore Ylwizaker
  • Aiwarikiar




(EP) Metamorphosis 
1999 Jester
  1. Of wolves & vibrancy
  2. Gnosis
  3. Limbo central (theme from Perdition City)
  4. Of wolves & withdrawal




Perdition City 
2000 Jester
  1. Lost in moments
  2. Porn piece or the scars of cold kisses
  3. Hallways of always
  4. Tomorrow never knows
  5. The future sound of music
  6. We are the dead
  7. Dead city centres
  8. Catalept
  9. Nowhere/catastrophe
  • Garm
  • Håvard Jorgensen
  • Tore Ylwizaker

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



(EP) Silence Teaches You How To Sing 
2001 Jester
  1. Silence teaches you how to sing




(EP) Silencing The Singing 
2001 Jester
  1. Darling didn't we kill you
  2. Speak dead speaker
  3. Not saved




Lyckantropen Themes 
2002 Jester
  1. Track 1
  2. Track 2
  3. Track 3
  4. Track 4
  5. Track 5
  6. Track 6
  7. Track 7
  8. Track 8
  9. Track 9
  10. Track 10

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos 



(EP) A Quick Fix Of Melancholy 
2003 Jester
  1. Little Blue Bird
  2. Doom Sticks
  3. Vowels
  4. Eitttlane




Svidd Neger 
2003 Jester
  1. Preface
  2. Ante Andante
  3. Comedown
  4. Surface
  5. Somnam
  6. Wildcat
  7. Rock Massif pt1
  8. Rock Massif pt1
  9. Poltermagda
  10. Mummy
  11. Burn The Bitch
  12. Sick Soliloquy
  13. Waltz of King Karl
  14. Sadface
  15. Fuck Fast
  16. Wheel of Conclusion




Blood Inside 
2005 Jester
  1. Dressed in Black
  2. For the Love of God
  3. Christmas
  4. Blinded by Blood
  5. It Is Not Sound
  6. The Truth
  7. In the Red
  8. Your Call
  9. Operator
  • Garm
  • Tore Ylwizaker
  • Jørn Sværen

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Shadows Of The Sun 
2007 Jester
  1. Eos
  2. All the Love
  3. Like Music
  4. Vigil
  5. Shadows of the Sun
  6. Let the Children Go
  7. Solitude (Black Sabbath cover)
  8. Funebre
  9. What Happened?
  • Garm
  • Tore Ylwizaker
  • Jørn Sværen

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal 



Wars Of The Roses 
2011
  • Garm
  • Daniel O'Sullivan
  • Tore Ylwizaker
  • Jørn Sværen

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Review  Lords Of Metal 



Live In Concert: The Norwegian National Opera 
2011 Kscope




Childhood's End  COMPILATION
2012 Kscope
  1. Bracelets of Fingers (The Pretty Things cover)
  2. Everybody's Been Burned (The Byrds cover)
  3. The Trap (Bonniwell’s Music Machine cover)
  4. In the Past (The Chocolate Watchband cover)
  5. Today (Jefferson Airplane cover)
  6. Can You Travel in the Dark Alone (Gandalf cover)
  7. I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night (The Electric Prunes cover)
  8. Street Song (13th Floor Elevators cover)
  9. 66-5-4-3-2-1 (The Troggs cover)
  10. Dark Is the Bark (The Left Banke cover)
  11. Magic Hollow (The Beau Brummels cover)
  12. Soon There Will Be Thunder (Common People cover)
  13. Velvet Sunsets (Music Emporium cover)
  14. Lament of the Astral Cowboy (Curt Boettcher cover)
  15. I Can See the Light (Les Fleur De Lys cover)
  16. Where Is Yesterday (The United States of America cover)




Oddities And Rarities #1  COMPILATION
2012 Jester
  1. Another Brick in the Wall (part 1) (Pink Floyd cover)
  2. Be Drunk
  3. In the Kingdom of the Blind the One-eyed Are Kings (Dead Can Dance cover)
  4. Strange Ways (Kiss cover)
  5. The Night Before (Lee Hazlewood cover)
  6. Thieves in the Temple (Prince cover)
  7. Uno
  8. Avhør
  9. Brødre
  10. Brødre Rev.
  11. Flukt
  12. Gravferd
  13. David Til Ulvene




Messe I.X - IV.X 
2013
  • Garm
  • Tore Ylwizaker
  • Jørn Sværen
  • Ole Alexander Halstensgård


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