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Ulver's darkest realm - 85%

Worked, January 25th, 2008

Ulver's second released demo shows the band at their deepest, darkest groundings, in what would inevitably cause them to evolve into the multi-disciplinary Avant-Garde group known today.


A slow, melancholic atmosphere is created through the high pitched, distorted guitar riffs and complementing drum beats, which launches listeners into the first track titled "Her Begynner Mine Arr..."
The cold, oppressive aura carries through the second track "Tragediens Throne" complementing the heavy, yet effective usage of high treble which aid Garm's growls.


Almost as swiftly as the listener had embarked into the atmospheric abyss of "Her Begynner Mine Arr", they are thrust back into reality with the instrumental track "Trollskogen". Through the implementation of soft, slow guitar-work, a relaxing undertone takes precedence to the frenzied instrument work in the former two tracks.


The uniquely created atmosphere of 'pleasant' guitar work continues through and acts as the musical prefix to the forth track "Ulverytternes Kamp". However as rapidly as listeners have grown accustomed to this delicate instrument work, they are propelled back into the dark, hateful world in which Ulver have so beautifully created. The high treble complements the dry, hateful vocals which play the counterpart to similar guitar riffs as both "Her Begynner Mine Arr..." and "Tragediens Throne" had so fruitfully displayed.


The subsequent track "Nattens Madrigal" which would ironically be chosen as the title for not only the most renowned Ulver BM release, but one of the cornerstone BM releases of the 1990s does not provide anything not previously heard on the previous tracks. The feminite and clean vocal work both aid the eeriely amiable atmosphere musically injected into the veins of the album.


Lastly, we finish on the title track Vargnatt. Listeners are greeted with dry, whispered vocals, which complement the distorted guitars and steady drum beat appropriately.This allows a cold, satanic undertone to be achieved with an immense amount of success.


The vocals used throughout both penetrate and grasp the soul, allowing the listener to become spiritually consumed not only by the viciously soothing growls, but by the distorted instrument work which plays a key undertone throughout the duration of the album.


An immensely raw album, Vargnatt is not for the 'black metal newbie', nor a fan who has grown accustomed to Ulver's latest works, those of which displaying flawless sound quality.


As monotonous as the album sounds at various times, and the high trebled instrument work, it provides a rewarding listen; and thus allows listeners a direct window of vision into the vast cold forests in which Ulver's music was born.