Ved Buens Ende... (Norwegian for "at the end of the bow", referring to the mythological rainbow Bifröst; also seen as Ved Buens Ende..... and simply Ved Buens Ende on various album covers) is a Black Metal formation from Oslo, Norway. They are notoriously the Trope Makers for the avant-garde branch of black metal, exploring the genre years before bands such as Deathspell Omega, Blut aus Nord, and Dødheimsgard.
Formed in 1994, Ved Buens Ende... released the Those Who Caress the Pale demo the same year and a full-length album Written in Waters in 1995, which became highly acclaimed and influential. The band split up in 1997 and reunited twice; first in 2006 with promise of new material only to split up again the following year without any new releases; then in 2019, still currently functioning.
- Carl-Michael Eide - drums (1994-1997), guitars, vocals (clean) (1994-1997, 2006-2007, 2019-present)
- Skoll - bass (1994-1997, 2019-present), keyboards (1994-1997)
- Vicotnik - guitars, vocals (harsh) (1994-1997, 2006-2007, 2019-present)
- Øyvind Myrvoll - drums (2019-present)
- Those Who Caress the Pale (demo, 1994)
- Written in Waters (full-length, 1995)
"...went away with my fathers, to gather the tropes."
- Black Metal: The Trope Maker for the dissonant avant-garde style.
- Career-Ending Injury: Downplayed. On March 26, 2005, Eide fell from a four-story building, badly injuring his legs, and needed to be hospitalized. This rendered him unable to play the drums, though he still does vocal and guitar duties.
- Design Student's Orgasm: The original cover of Written in Waters, pictured on the right.
- Epic Rocking: About half of their songs. The longest (fittingly, given the length of the book series it's named after) is "Remembrance of Things Past" at 8:55, followed closely by "Den saakaldte" at 8:50.
- Fading into the Next Song: Quite a few songs do this.
- Foreign Language Title: "Den saakaldte" apparently means "The So-Called" in Danish, though it's more commonly spelt "såkaldt". The band name, of course, is also an example.
- Lead Bassist: Type A. Skoll is an adept and creative bassist, and his playing is given good prominence in the band's mixes.
- Lead Drummer: Eide's intricate, unconventional drumming style was central to the band's sound.
- Literary Allusion Title: "Remembrance of Things Past" is named after Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdù (In Search of Lost Time), which was first translated into English as Remembrance of Things Past; a massive literary work that is usually split into seven volumes.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Very hard to pinpoint due to high dynamic and stylistic contrast within the songs. Different parts can go from solid 4 to hard 10, or even sit entirely outside the scale.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Combines elements of Black Metal, Avant-Garde Metal, Jazz, Post-Rock, and arguably more.
- Rock Trio: They were one originally.
- Soprano and Gravel: Eide's eerie crooning vocals interlaced with Vicotnik's standard black metal shrieks.
- Spiritual Successor: Czral's band Virus was essentially the continuation of Ved Buens Ende, before being disbanded in favor of the former band's reunion. Songs intended for the aborted second album Ved Buens Ende intended to record during their first reunion wound up on Virus' The Black Flux instead.
- Stage Names: Skoll and Vicotnik. Carl-Michael Eide also goes by Czral and Aggressor in various bands.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Autumn Leaves" on Written in Waters is a comparatively soft track, as it features harmonic singing, relatively simple structure and clean guitars.
- Also the closing track "To Swarm Deserted Away", which is played entirely on accordion and piano (though it still ends up sounding pretty unsettling).
- Thirsty Desert: Again, the Written in Waters cover art. The lyrics also occasionally invoke desert imagery. This theme later carried over to Virus (The Agent That Shapes the Desert).
- Trope Maker: They essentially serve as the founders of avant-garde black metal.
- Uncommon Time: All over their work.
- Word Salad Lyrics: Very abstract and poetic. This is a bit of a Creator Thumbprint for Carl-Michael Eide, as his lyrics in Virus and Aura Noir tend to have similar qualities.
- "Witches painted me,Like the mysteries created me...Like where the poets breathe,I were woven into blasphemies."