History Music / Ulver

21st Apr '16 2:59:30 AM CassandraLeo
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* AsTheGoodBookSays: As one might infer from the title, "Ecclesiastes (A Verbal Catnap)" derives its lyrics from the Book of Ecclesiastes.

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* AsTheGoodBookSays: As one might infer from the title, "Ecclesiastes (A Verbal Catnap)" derives a significant portion of its lyrics from the Book of Ecclesiastes.



* BilingualBonus: The first three albums are sung almost entirely in an archaic form of Danish (note that modern Norwegian evolved from Danish), with occasional digressions on one of the albums into modern Norwegian. A track on their remix album, ''1st Decade in the Machines'', contains a conversation entirely in German. Not to mention their very name is Norwegian for "wolves".

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* BilingualBonus: The first three albums are sung almost entirely in an archaic form of Danish (note that modern Norwegian evolved from Danish), with occasional digressions on one of the albums into modern Norwegian. A track on their remix album, ''1st Decade in the Machines'', contains a conversation entirely in German. "Ecclesiastes (A Vernal Catnap)" contains a spoken-word section in Norwegian. Not to mention their very name is Norwegian for "wolves".


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* SpokenWordInMusic: They have used this sometimes, like on the Blake album and on "Ecclesiastes (A Vernal Catnap)".
21st Apr '16 1:39:20 AM CassandraLeo
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* LongTitle: In addition to the album titles seen above, there is also the song title "As Syrians Pour In, Lebanon Grapples with Ghosts of a Bloody Past", which is taken verbatim from an actual news headline from Reuters.

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* LongTitle: In addition to the album titles seen above, there is also the song title "As Syrians Pour In, Lebanon Grapples with Ghosts of a Bloody Past", which is taken verbatim from an actual news headline from Reuters.Reuters concerning the refugee crisis caused by the ongoing Syrian Civil War. Kristoffer Rygg called the piece "an indication of concern" and stated, "we have no ideology for sale. Only our sadness".
21st Apr '16 1:36:32 AM CassandraLeo
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* LongTitle: In addition to the album titles seen above, there is also the song title "As Syrians Pour In, Lebanon Grapples with Ghosts of a Bloody Past", which is taken verbatim from an actual news headline from Reuters.
20th Apr '16 4:38:25 PM CassandraLeo
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* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "I troldskog faren vild" and "Een stemme locker" from ''Bergtatt'' and "Trollskogen" from ''Vargnatt''. The latter two are {{folk}} songs without any electric instruments and the former contains only clean singing. After this point Ulver would vary their style too much for any of these changes to be considered surprising.

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* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "I troldskog faren vild" and "Een stemme locker" from ''Bergtatt'' and "Trollskogen" from ''Vargnatt''. The latter two are {{folk}} songs without any electric instruments and the former contains only clean singing. After this point Ulver would vary their style too much for any of these changes to be considered surprising.surprising, although ''Terrestrials'' may be considered an example due to Music/SunnO's metal background and the absence of anything resembling metal on the album.
20th Apr '16 4:35:07 PM CassandraLeo
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* UrbanLegends: The reason why ''Nattens madrigal'' is so under produced is either because they recorded the album in the woods at night or because they stole all the money their label gave them to buy Armani suits, cocaine, and a new car. WordOfGod dismissed the former as impossible but said the band did have rather expensive tastes when asked about the latter, though they also denied buying a new car, saying there wasn't enough money. (Note that Black Metal band ''When Bitter Spring Sleeps'' ''did'' later record their albums in a forest, though; you can even hear the nature sounds on their recordings).

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* UrbanLegends: The reason why ''Nattens madrigal'' is so under produced is either because they recorded the album in the woods at night or because they stole all the money their label gave them to buy Armani suits, cocaine, and a new car. WordOfGod dismissed the former as impossible but said the band did have rather expensive tastes when asked about the latter, though they also denied buying a new car, saying there wasn't enough money. (Note that Black Metal band ''When When Bitter Spring Sleeps'' Sleeps ''did'' later record their albums in a forest, though; you can even hear the nature sounds on their recordings).
20th Apr '16 4:33:50 PM CassandraLeo
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* BreatherEpisode: "Een Stemme Locker", a tranquil folk track on the black metal ''Bergtatt.''
* ConceptAlbum: ''Perdition City'' is meant to be "Music to an Interior Film" (as it says on the cover). ''The Blake Album'' as well, see AudioAdaptation above. ''Bergtatt'' and ''Nattens Madrigal'' are also concept albums.

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* BreatherEpisode: "Een Stemme Locker", stemme locker", a tranquil folk track on the black metal ''Bergtatt.''
* ConceptAlbum: ''Perdition City'' is meant to be "Music to an Interior Film" (as it says on the cover). ''The Blake Album'' as well, see AudioAdaptation above. ''Bergtatt'' and ''Nattens Madrigal'' madrigal'' are also concept albums.



* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: There have been two versions of this for the band's "black metal Trilogie". One, released in 1997, was called ''The Trilogie: Three Journeyes Through the Norwegian Netherworlde'', which was a box set with three picture [=LPs=] and a bunch of {{Feelies}}. The second, released in 2014, was called ''Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997'' and included either five [=CDs=] or four [=LPs=] and a cassette along with the requisite {{Feelies}}, which were different this time around (also, unlike ''The Trilogie'', this included the band's demo ''Vargnatt'' and a rehearsal of four ''Nattens madrigal'' tracks). The material was also remastered for ''Trolsk sortmetall''.

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* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: There have been two versions of this for the band's "black metal Trilogie". One, released in 1997, was called ''The Trilogie: Three Journeyes Through the Norwegian Netherworlde'', which was a box set with three picture [=LPs=] and a bunch of {{Feelies}}. The second, released in 2014, was called ''Trolsk Sortmetall sortmetall 1993-1997'' and included either five [=CDs=] or four [=LPs=] and a cassette along with the requisite {{Feelies}}, which were different this time around (also, unlike ''The Trilogie'', this included the band's demo ''Vargnatt'' and a rehearsal of four ''Nattens madrigal'' tracks). The material was also remastered for ''Trolsk sortmetall''.



* RearrangeTheSong: They were planning to make an orchestral version of ''Nattens Madrigal,'' but Garm revealed about ten years back that the project "[[DevelopmentHell is in a state of total dormancy]]" and little has been heard since. As for completed work, a few of the songs on ''ATGCLVLSSCAP'' rework previous compositions ("Nowhere (Sweet Sixteen)" is based off of "Nowhere / Catastrophe," for example). Additionally, there's the remix album ''1st Decade in the Machines'' and the song "Eitttlane," which, as discussed below under SignificantAnagram, is based on "Nattleite."
* RockMeAmadeus: "It is Not Sound" features a lengthy quotation from Music/JohannSebastianBach's Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor in its coda.
* RockMeAsmodeus: Played somewhat straight on ''Nattens Madrigal.'' Mostly averted apart from that.
* {{Sampling}}
* SiameseTwinSongs: The songs on ''Nattens Madrigal'' are connected seamlessly by a series of ambient interludes. This is also liberally used on their film scores alongside FadingIntoTheNextSong.

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* RearrangeTheSong: They were planning to make an orchestral version of ''Nattens Madrigal,'' madrigal,'' but Garm revealed about ten years back that the project "[[DevelopmentHell is in a state of total dormancy]]" and little has been heard since. As for completed work, a few of the songs on ''ATGCLVLSSCAP'' rework previous compositions ("Nowhere (Sweet Sixteen)" is based off of "Nowhere / Catastrophe," for example). Additionally, there's the remix album ''1st Decade in the Machines'' and the song "Eitttlane," which, as discussed below under SignificantAnagram, is based on "Nattleite."
* RockMeAmadeus: "It is Is Not Sound" features a lengthy quotation from Music/JohannSebastianBach's Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor in its coda.
* RockMeAsmodeus: Played somewhat straight on ''Nattens Madrigal.madrigal.'' Mostly averted apart from that.
* {{Sampling}}
{{Sampling}}: Used quite frequently on their electronic albums.
* SiameseTwinSongs: The songs on ''Nattens Madrigal'' madrigal'' are connected seamlessly by a series of ambient interludes. This is also liberally used on their film scores alongside FadingIntoTheNextSong.



* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "I troldskog faren vild" and "Een stemme locker" from ''Bergtatt'' and "Trollskogen" from ''Vargnatt''. The latter two are {{folk}} songs without any electric instruments and the former contains only clean singing. After this point Ulver would vary their style too much for any of these changes to be considered surprising.



* Urban Legends: The reason why ''Nattens Madrigal'' is so under produced is either because they recorded the album in the woods at night or because they stole all the money their label gave them to buy Armani suits, cocaine, and a new car. WordOfGod dismissed the former as impossible but said the band did have rather expensive tastes when asked about the latter, though they also denied buying a new car, saying there wasn't enough money. (Note that Black Metal band ''When Bitter Spring Sleeps'' ''did'' later record their albums in a forest, though; you can even hear the nature sounds on their recordings).

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* Urban Legends: UrbanLegends: The reason why ''Nattens Madrigal'' madrigal'' is so under produced is either because they recorded the album in the woods at night or because they stole all the money their label gave them to buy Armani suits, cocaine, and a new car. WordOfGod dismissed the former as impossible but said the band did have rather expensive tastes when asked about the latter, though they also denied buying a new car, saying there wasn't enough money. (Note that Black Metal band ''When Bitter Spring Sleeps'' ''did'' later record their albums in a forest, though; you can even hear the nature sounds on their recordings).
21st Mar '16 12:55:55 AM aye_amber
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* PopStarComposer: They scored the films ''Lyckantropen'' and ''Svidd neger'' in their entirety, and contributed additional songs to the soundtrack of the film ''Uno''.
* PrecisionFStrike: In "For the Love of God" and "Norwegian Gothic".
* RearrangeTheSong: They were planning to make an orchestral version of ''Nattens Madrigal'', but Garm revealed about ten years back that the project "[[DevelopmentHell is in a state of total dormancy]]" and little has been heard since. As for completed work, a few of the songs on ''ATGCLVLSSCAP'' rework previous compositions ("Nowhere (Sweet Sixteen)" is based off of "Nowhere/Catastrophe", for example). Additionally, there's the remix album ''1st Decade in the Machines'' and the song "Eitttlane", which, as discussed below under SignificantAnagram, is based on "Nattleite".
* RockMeAmadeus: "It Is Not Sound" features a lengthy quotation from Music/JohannSebastianBach's Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor in its coda.
* RockMeAsmodeus: Played somewhat straight on ''Nattens Madrigal''. Mostly averted apart from that.

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* PopStarComposer: They scored the films ''Lyckantropen'' and ''Svidd neger'' in their entirety, and contributed additional songs to the soundtrack of the film ''Uno''.
''Uno.''
* PrecisionFStrike: In "For the Love of God" and "Norwegian Gothic".
Gothic."
* RearrangeTheSong: They were planning to make an orchestral version of ''Nattens Madrigal'', Madrigal,'' but Garm revealed about ten years back that the project "[[DevelopmentHell is in a state of total dormancy]]" and little has been heard since. As for completed work, a few of the songs on ''ATGCLVLSSCAP'' rework previous compositions ("Nowhere (Sweet Sixteen)" is based off of "Nowhere/Catastrophe", "Nowhere / Catastrophe," for example). Additionally, there's the remix album ''1st Decade in the Machines'' and the song "Eitttlane", "Eitttlane," which, as discussed below under SignificantAnagram, is based on "Nattleite".
"Nattleite."
* RockMeAmadeus: "It Is is Not Sound" features a lengthy quotation from Music/JohannSebastianBach's Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor in its coda.
* RockMeAsmodeus: Played somewhat straight on ''Nattens Madrigal''. Madrigal.'' Mostly averted apart from that.



* SiameseTwinSongs: The songs on ''Nattens madrigal'' are connected seamlessly by a series of ambient interludes. This is also liberally used on their film scores alongside FadingIntoTheNextSong.
* SignificantAnagram: "Vowels" is an anagram of "wolves", and every single word of the lyrics contains only the letters of "wolves". "Eitttlane" is a reimagining of "Nattleite", and its title is an anagram of the latter song's title.
* SopranoAndGravel: Demonstrated in "Your Call", a good deal of ''The Blake Album'', and several songs on ''Bergtatt''.

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* SiameseTwinSongs: The songs on ''Nattens madrigal'' Madrigal'' are connected seamlessly by a series of ambient interludes. This is also liberally used on their film scores alongside FadingIntoTheNextSong.
* SignificantAnagram: "Vowels" is an anagram of "wolves", "wolves," and every single word of the lyrics contains only the letters of "wolves". "wolves." "Eitttlane" is a reimagining re-imagining of "Nattleite", "Nattleite," and its title is an anagram of the latter song's title.
* SopranoAndGravel: Demonstrated in "Your Call", Call," a good deal of ''The Blake Album'', Album,'' and several songs on ''Bergtatt''.''Bergtatt.''



* TropeCodifier: ''Bergtatt'' arguably started the subgenre of folk-influenced atmospheric black metal that later bands like Music/{{Agalloch}}, Music/{{Drudkh}}, and Music/{{Alcest}} would expand upon.

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* TropeCodifier: ''Bergtatt'' arguably started the subgenre of folk-influenced folk influenced atmospheric black metal that later bands like Music/{{Agalloch}}, Music/{{Drudkh}}, and Music/{{Alcest}} would expand upon.



* {{Urban Legend|s}}: The reason why ''Nattens madrigal'' is so underproduced is either because they recorded the album in the woods at night or because they stole all the money their label gave them to buy Armani suits, cocaine and a new car. WordOfGod dismissed the former as impossible but said the band did have rather expensive tastes when asked about the latter, though they also denied buying a new car, saying there wasn't enough money. (Note that Black Metal band When Bitter Spring Sleeps ''did'' later record their albums in a forest, though; you can even hear the nature sounds on their recordings).

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* {{Urban Legend|s}}: Urban Legends: The reason why ''Nattens madrigal'' Madrigal'' is so underproduced under produced is either because they recorded the album in the woods at night or because they stole all the money their label gave them to buy Armani suits, cocaine cocaine, and a new car. WordOfGod dismissed the former as impossible but said the band did have rather expensive tastes when asked about the latter, though they also denied buying a new car, saying there wasn't enough money. (Note that Black Metal band When ''When Bitter Spring Sleeps Sleeps'' ''did'' later record their albums in a forest, though; you can even hear the nature sounds on their recordings).
18th Mar '16 2:57:24 PM aye_amber
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* UrbanLegend: The reason why ''Nattens madrigal'' is so underproduced is either because they recorded the album in the woods at night or because they stole all the money their label gave them to buy Armani suits, cocaine and a new car. WordOfGod dismissed the former as impossible but said the band did have rather expensive tastes when asked about the latter, though they also denied buying a new car, saying there wasn't enough money. (Note that Black Metal band When Bitter Spring Sleeps ''did'' later record their albums in a forest, though; you can even hear the nature sounds on their recordings).

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* UrbanLegend: {{Urban Legend|s}}: The reason why ''Nattens madrigal'' is so underproduced is either because they recorded the album in the woods at night or because they stole all the money their label gave them to buy Armani suits, cocaine and a new car. WordOfGod dismissed the former as impossible but said the band did have rather expensive tastes when asked about the latter, though they also denied buying a new car, saying there wasn't enough money. (Note that Black Metal band When Bitter Spring Sleeps ''did'' later record their albums in a forest, though; you can even hear the nature sounds on their recordings).
29th Feb '16 10:11:59 PM CassandraLeo
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* UncommonTime: ''Vargnatt'' uses this liberally, with at least one appearance of the trope in every black metal song on the demo (specifically, there are at least three songs that use 7/4, one that uses 9/4, and one that uses 10/4). Later recordings don't use it as much, but "Operator" seems to be one example.
24th Feb '16 8:59:21 PM SinNanna
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* DownerEnding: ''Bergtatt'' ends with the trolls imprisoning the main character in their mountain kingdom forever. Possibly subverted by the [[TheStinger minute or so of uplifting folk music following a lengthy pause after the closing track.]]


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* FracturedFairyTale: ''Bergtatt'' tells a FairyTale type story based on old Norwegian folk legends about trolls kidnapping young maidens.


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* TheStinger: After the final track of ''Bergtatt'' has finished fading out, there is a lengthy silence and then a hidden track consisting of uplifting, instrumental neofolk.
* TropeCodifier: ''Bergtatt'' arguably started the subgenre of folk-influenced atmospheric black metal that later bands like Music/{{Agalloch}}, Music/{{Drudkh}}, and Music/{{Alcest}} would expand upon.
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