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Release date: 1996
Style: Black metal

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01. Hymne I - Wolf And Fear
02. Hymne II - Wolf And The Devil
03. Hymne III - Wolf And Hatred
04. Hymne IV - Wolf And Man
05. Hymne V - Wolf And The Moon
06. Hymne VI - Wolf And Passion
07. Hymne VII - Wolf And Destiny
08. Hymne VIII - Wolf And The Night

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Guest review by
Markus

Rating:
7.0
Ulver have been a staple of the elite black metal community since their inception. Though often associated with Darkthrone, Emperor, Burzum and Mayhem, those founding bands who started the original ?Black Metal Circle?, Ulver have always been different.

Allegedly, Century Black had signed Ulver to release this album after hearing about the underground success of their previous works. Confident about a return, Century Black gave Ulver several thousand dollars with which to record the album. Surely though, anyone reading this review has seen the few flashy promotional photos of Ulver that depicts the band riding in a convertible wearing black suits and sunglasses. Ulver took the money given to them by Century Black, bought those clothes and that car, and then proceeded to record the album on a four track cassette recorder in one of the forests in Norway. Or so the story goes.

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published 02.09.2003 | Comments (5)

Guest review by
Sidragasum

Rating:
8.8
This album has to be one of my favourite black metal albums ever. There is no other album with a sound quite like this album. Many will tell you that this album sounds terrible. They have a point - it isn't very well produced (by black metal's standards), but that's what makes this album different.

One time I was listening to a song off this album when my friend walked into my room - the first thing he said was "Have they ever heard of the bass knob on their amps?" The guitar sound on this album is pretty much just pure treble. But it works really well. It makes the bass very clear - the bass is very bassy, so it complements the guitar. The bass-lines on this album are quite interesting, they're not the same as the guitar a lot of the time. Where the guitar is playing in tremolo, the bass (not all the time, but at some points in some songs) will play the note that the guitar is playing just once. This works really well and gives the album a unique sound. This album is a very melodic album, the bass and the guitars complement each other extremely well. The drums on this album are relatively quiet, and there's little variation - it's pretty much just blast beats for the whole album. Not like that's a bad thing, it works very well. The vocal style is pretty standard for black metal, and it suits the music perfectly.

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published 12.07.2006 | Comments (23)

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Averus - 26.03.2011 at 20:11  
Rating: 7 My only real complaint about this album is that it begs for some more acoustic interludes like in the first track, Wolf and Fear. I'm okay with the raw black metal production, I just wish they tried to make it a LITTLE more folk.
Luneth - 22.04.2011 at 18:22  
Rating: 10 Raw Black Metal. Perfect album.
Crucifux - 26.03.2012 at 00:51  
  I would've really enjoyed this album had the production not been so raw and ear-piercing.
ThunderAxe1989 - 06.04.2012 at 22:05  
 
Written by Averus on 26.03.2011 at 20:11

My only real complaint about this album is that it begs for some more acoustic interludes like in the first track, Wolf and Fear. I'm okay with the raw black metal production, I just wish they tried to make it a LITTLE more folk.

I agree wholeheartedly, Their first effort was so good. I mean, this album is a good listen, but I don't feel they're applying themselves as much. They were capable of so much more.
@gent_-_orange - 06.04.2012 at 22:11  
 
Written by Guest on 26.03.2012 at 00:51

I would've really enjoyed this album had the production not been so raw and ear-piercing.

TBH I think this album would not have half the effect it does if it used a less raw production job, This album just sounds better this way.
Troy Killjoy - 07.04.2012 at 03:53  
 
Written by @gent_-_orange on 06.04.2012 at 22:11
This album just sounds better this way.

We've all seen the effects of a "properly" produced black metal album (Burzum, Gorgoroth), and I think it's safe to say if it ain't broke... don't fix it.
Array - 07.04.2012 at 06:06  
Rating: 10
Written by Troy Killjoy on 07.04.2012 at 03:53

if it ain't broke... don't fix it.

if the world is flat, don't fix it?
Troy Killjoy - 07.04.2012 at 06:11  
 
Written by Array on 07.04.2012 at 06:06
if the world is flat, don't fix it?

What?
Array - 07.04.2012 at 06:19  
Rating: 10
Written by Troy Killjoy on 07.04.2012 at 06:11

What?

Meaning skepticism is for good. I just 'hate' that saying. You can always question things.

Anyway, with the re-burzum the problem wasn't with the production. It was the re-arranged structures & recording songwriting/habits mainly.
@gent_-_orange - 07.04.2012 at 13:18  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 07.04.2012 at 03:53


We've all seen the effects of a "properly" produced black metal album (Burzum, Gorgoroth), and I think it's safe to say if it ain't broke... don't fix it.

I would go further and say that this problem extends beyond black metal, Any genre of extreme metal (and Doom as well if you count it as extreme metal) suffers when you give it an overtly "glossy" production, It just makes the music sound soulless.

This album is as it is, No re-recordings or remasters necessary. I believe music is a statement of how the artist is feeling at the time and any tempering with it now would just fuck it up.
RavenKing - 06.05.2012 at 20:38  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 07.04.2012 at 03:53

I think it's safe to say if it ain't broke... don't fix it.


When it comes to metal albums, I think they should be enjoyed for what they were originally. I mean, with the original production. If you can't enjoy an album in its true form, just listen to something else.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2012 at 20:40  
Rating: 7
Written by RavenKing on 06.05.2012 at 20:38


When it comes to metal albums, I think they should be enjoyed for what they were originally. I mean, with the original production. If you can't enjoy an album in its true form, just listen to something else.

Not true because albums occasionally get released without the production the band wanted. A good example is Nevermore's Enemies of Reality. The original was a total botch job of a shambles and was virtually unlistenable. Albums should be listened to how the creator originally intended which quite often is out of the creator's hands.
RavenKing - 06.05.2012 at 20:42  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.05.2012 at 20:40

Not true because albums occasionally get released without the production the band wanted. A good example is Nevermore's Enemies of Reality. The original was a total botch job of a shambles and was virtually unlistenable. Albums should be listened to how the creator originally intended which quite often is out of the creator's hands.


Sure, there can be some exceptions but I must say I'm usually against re-masters.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2012 at 20:45  
Rating: 7
Written by RavenKing on 06.05.2012 at 20:42


Sure, there can be some exceptions but I must say I'm usually against re-masters.

I'm against anything that needlessly adds shine to something that was ok. Sigh's 'Gallows Gallery' and Benighted's 'Insane Cephalic Production' are a couple of examples I can think of.
RavenKing - 06.05.2012 at 20:48  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.05.2012 at 20:45

I'm against anything that needlessly adds shine to something that was ok.


Here, we agree.
In case of a botched job from an engineer or producer, it's a different matter. I'm just against polishing albums in order to make them more accessible.
Troy Killjoy - 07.05.2012 at 02:47  
 
Written by RavenKing on 06.05.2012 at 20:48
I'm just against polishing albums in order to make them more accessible.

Same. Reminds me of Burzum and Gorgoroth's recent compilations...
Boxcar Willy - 25.11.2012 at 23:36  
Rating: 9 I enjoy it, production and all.
warschau - 13.10.2013 at 18:25  
Rating: 10 Very good album, it is real black metal.
Unhealer - 14.10.2013 at 06:26  
Rating: 7 I would like to know what Marcel Hubregtse has to say about the rumors behind the production of this album.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.10.2013 at 13:12  
 
Written by Unhealer on 14.10.2013 at 06:26

I would like to know what Marcel Hubregtse has to say about the rumors behind the production of this album.



What rumours beind the production of this album? The band intended it to sound like this, they have such that on numerous occasions in the past and also quite recently.
Daniell - 14.10.2013 at 15:09  
  The album is great. but listening to it can really hurt. I always end up fiddling with the graphic equalizer when I want to listen to the album. I'm sure they wanted it to be so painful. Ulver have always been clever.
Unhealer - 14.10.2013 at 21:53  
Rating: 7
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2013 at 13:12

What rumours beind the production of this album? The band intended it to sound like this, they have such that on numerous occasions in the past and also quite recently.


I meant that rumor that the label gave them money to record the album but they apparently used it to buy suits or a car or cocaine or all of that since their idea for the sound of the album required a minimum budget obviously. It is also said that they recorded this one in a forest with battery powered equipment, Garm denied that however.
I thought you would know if something is actually true about all this
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.10.2013 at 22:15  
 
Written by Unhealer on 14.10.2013 at 21:53

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2013 at 13:12

What rumours beind the production of this album? The band intended it to sound like this, they have such that on numerous occasions in the past and also quite recently.


I meant that rumor that the label gave them money to record the album but they apparently used it to buy suits or a car or cocaine or all of that since their idea for the sound of the album required a minimum budget obviously. It is also said that they recorded this one in a forest with battery powered equipment, Garm denied that however.
I thought you would know if something is actually true about all this



oh that so-called rumour The onyl spread that as a marketing trick.
Unhealer - 14.10.2013 at 22:27  
Rating: 7 I thought so It's a fun thing to spread.
telephonebear - 03.08.2014 at 00:21  
  In my opinion, this is the greatest album cover of all time.

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