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Gnostic Techno-folk-ambient-blackmetal - 99%

Manwaring, February 9th, 2005

This album, yet another step in the musical evolution of Norway's Ulver, is written completly off the verse's of William Blake's "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" (I bet you never guessed that) Blake being one of the few christians ever to be respected within the metal scene, and while listening to songs such as "The Proverbs of Hell" one can see why.

The music itself is a wacky mix of electronica, ambient, trip-hop and folk with Ulver not being able to forget their black-metal roots as we can hear in the end of the final song with it's razor sharp tremlo picking over the drumachine.
The songs range from Blake's plates being spoken over folk music to at some points drumbeats more similar to IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) then anything metal. To sum up the sheer amount of music styles all mixing together on this album is nigh impossible, as always with Ulver one can't complain of any generic element. Blake's ideology and the albums musical style is best summed up in the final track "A Song Of Liberity" in which we have raw black-metal guitars over an almost dance like drumbeat whlist Garm recites the plate

This album must be listend to fully understand the lyrical and music depth, which is very difficult to put into words.

Best tracks: The Proverbs of Hell, A Song of Liberity