->''"Ulver is obviously not a black metal band and does not wish to be stigmatized as such. We acknowledge the relation of part I & III of the Trilogie (Bergtatt & Nattens Madrigal) to this culture, but stress that these endeavours were written as stepping stones rather than conclusions. We are proud of our former instincts, but wish to liken our association with said genre to that of the snake with Eve. An incentive to further frolic only. If this discourages you in any way, please have the courtesy to refrain from voicing superficial remarks regarding our music and/or personae. '''We are as unknown to you as we always were'''."''
-->-- '''Ulver''', 1999

Ulver is an experimental Norwegian music group formed in 1993, fronted by Krystoffer Rygg. The band has gone through numerous style changes, so much so that each "major" release is considered to be a different genre altogether, many times defying contemporary classification.

A quick rundown of their major releases:
* ''Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler'' (BlackMetal, FolkMetal)
* ''Kveldssanger'' (Neofolk)
* ''Nattens madrigal - Aatte hymne til ulven i manden'' (Raw BlackMetal)
* ''Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'' ({{Industrial}}, ProgressiveMetal)
** Commonly Shortened to "The Blake Album"
* ''Perdition City'' (Trip-Hop, Electronica)
* ''Blood Inside'' (Avant-Garde, Electronica)
* ''Shadows of the Sun'' ([[{{Ambient}} Dark Ambient]])
** This release is often mislabeled as being Electronica as well, despite that almost all of the instruments are the real deal (including the strings), and there is very little sampling at all.
* ''Wars of the Roses'' (Avant-Garde, ProgressiveRock)
* ''Childhood's End'' (PsychedelicRock, CoverAlbum)
* ''Messe I.X-VI.X'' (Modern Classical, Dark Ambient, ProgressiveRock, PostRock)
* ''Terrestrials'' (collaboration with [[Music/SunnO Sunn O)))]]; [[{{Ambient}} Dark Ambient]], Drone)

----
!!This artist provides examples of:
* AudioAdaptation: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin namesake]] of The Blake Album is used in its entirety as the lyrics to the album, and the music is derived from its themes.
* BilingualBonus: The first three albums are sung entirely in an archaic form of Danish (note that modern Norwegian evolved from Danish). A track on their remix album, ''1st Decade in the Machines'', contains a conversation entierly in German. Not to mention their very name is Norwegian for "wolves".
* 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.
* CoverVersion: The band covered Music/BlackSabbath's "Solitude" on ''Shadows of the Sun'' and {{Prince}}'s "Thieves" for a tribute album. Furthermore, ''[[CoverAlbum Childhood's End]]'' consists entirely of covers of material from the late sixties, mostly quite obscure (JeffersonAirplane's "Today" is by far the best known song covered).
* EpicRocking: Quite a few songs. Perhaps the best examples are "Silence Teaches You How to Sing" from the EP of the same name, "Ulvsblakk" from ''Kveldssanger'', "Proverbs of Hell, Plates 7-10" and "A Memorable Fancy, Plates 17-20" from the Blake album, "Providence" and "Stone Angels" from ''Wars of the Roses'', most of ''Bergtatt'', and about half of ''Perdition City'' and ''Messe I.X-VI.X''. ''Terrestrials'' consists of this too, although not so much the rocking part.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''Nattens Madrigal'''s full title translates to "The Madrigal Of The Night - Eight Hymns To The Wolf In Man", and its eight songs, numbered "Hymn I" through "Hymn VIII", in a ConceptAlbum about... well...
* GenreShift: As demonstrated above.
* 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''.
* LoudnessWar: ''Nattens Madrigal'' has a [=ReplayGain=] value of -16.22 dB, which indicates a gigantic amount of volume compression (especially considering that there are probably five minutes' worth of ambient passages between the tracks dragging the values down somewhat). This was likely a deliberate aesthetic choice to make the album's production even colder. To their credit, the band took care to avoid any clipping when mastering it, and the remainder of their records are mastered at more reasonable levels (although, inexplicably, ''Blood Inside'' actually does clip in some parts). Fortunately, ''Nattens Madrigal'' was recently reissued on vinyl. It was also released on vinyl in the late 90s as part of ''The trilogie'' box set, but good luck finding a copy at a reasonable price - they go for more than $200 on [=eBay=] and Discogs.
** The remaster of ''Nattens'' on ''Trolsk Sortmetall'' averts this; it's over six decibels quieter and comes in at [=DR7=] instead of [=DR3=]. Unfortunately, the version of ''Bergtatt'' on the same release is louder than the original.
* MinisculeRocking: "Ord" from ''Kveldssanger'' is a mere 18 seconds long. Some of the other songs are pretty short as well.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: ''Anywhere'' from a 1 to an 11.
* NewSoundAlbum: Basically, all of them.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The subject of ''Nattens madrigal'', if the subtitle didn't make that obvious.
* 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.
* RockMeAsmodeus: Played somewhat straight on ''Nattens Madrigal''. Mostly averted apart from that.
* {{Sampling}}
* SopranoAndGravel: Demonstrated in "Your Call", a good deal of ''The Blake Album'', and several songs on ''Bergtatt''.
* 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.
----