Ulver
Bergtatt


5.0
classic

Review

by Per Ardua Ad Astra USER (30 Reviews)
January 18th, 2005 | 264 replies | 20,090 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


5 of 7 thought this review was well written

Bergtatt' is the first full length release from the legendary Norwegian outfit, Ulver. This album, released in 1994 features excellent musicianship, folk elements, and ripping black metal.
Lineup...
Garm - vocals
AiwarikiaR - drums
Skoll - bass
Haavard - guitar
Aismal - guitar

I Troldskog Faren Vild: Starts with a slow drum fill, right into tremelo picking. This song is not extreme tremelo picking, it's more mellow. Garms vocals add so much to this track, it is unbelievable. His voice here (much different from his Arcturus days) is like the voice of an angel, his singing adds just another dimension here. The music in this song just has different variations for the most part. About midway through, a solo comes in, a very mellow solo that goes along with the music, it almost serves the purpose of a lead part. The solo and vocals interchange once here, making for a nice combination, one leading right into another before returning to the mellow tremelo picking. At the end of the song, there is an acoustic part, it's played very well, the acoustic part picks up the song. When the guitars return the song is more upbeat, it's almost a rock/metal riff along with a lead part. This part serves as the climax of the song. The song fades out with a solo.
4/5 Mellow but yet very good track.

Soelen Gaaer Bag Aase Need: The song starts off very folk, acoustic guitars along with a flute, very well played, good part. This leads right into blistering black metal, it's more traditional black metal, along with screams and extreme drums. Then along with the black metal, and along with the screams Garm begins to sing, a very nice vocal combination here. Soon the song becomes more mellow along with Garm singing, similiar to the first song. Garms voice almost gives the song a symphonic feel (If indeed you can get that with vocals). Eventually the song picks up to the black metal pace it established before, this part is quite good, the guitars become a little more melodic throughout this part before slowing down to a more mellow folk pace, along with Garm's beautiful singing. Then at the end of the song, an acoustic guitar comes into the mix for one measure and the song ends with Garm singing alone.
4/5 Solid track.

Graablick Blev Hun Vaer: This song starts with a combination of Acoustic guitar work and Garm singing (though he's not singing any particular words). This song rips you apart out of nowhere into traditional black metal. Eventually Ulver works a lead part into here, a step away from the traditional black metal. This lead part leads right into an acoustic part. The next few minutes of this song is a combination of nature, a man walking through the woods and some light piano in the background. After this, the song picks up a lot, the guitar riff is melodic and fast, along with great drums. Garm utilizes both singing and screaming in this last part of the song.
5/5 Great track

Een Stemme Locker: This song is four minutes of acoustic guitar, there are some spoken words in it, but nothing special here. Not much to review, other than the guitar is played well, but for too long.
2/5 I hate to give it a rating that low, but i skip this track.

Bergtatt - Ind i Fjeldkamrene: This songs arrangement is purely wonderful. It starts off black metal, but weaves between acoustic/folk elements and black metal. This song is almost like a recap of the whole album, combining elements from each song into here. There are lead parts here, along with mellow guitar work along with tremelo picking. This song seems to pick up more and more energy as it moves forward. This song ends with some good acoustic guitar work, along with some reverse delay effect (I was not expecting that effect when i first listened to this album.)
I'm going to review this next part as a seperate song, even though it is in this track.
A few seconds after the reverse delay acoustic work, there is silence and some acoustic guitars come in. The guitars are totally different from this song, they are beatifully arranged and meant to put an ending to this album, it's the perfect ending to such a beautiful album.
5/5 Great track

This album gets a 4.5/5. It combines elements of folk music, black metal and melody along with the atmosphere that black metal is known for, and they do it very, VERY well.



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Dancin' Man
April 26th 2005



719 Comments


This is one of my favprote albums ever. Very few bands are able to pull off anything like this and it just wins, over and over. The black metal folk combo is perfect, unlike bands like Einsiferum who always overdo it. The way it blends is just perfect.

Arrakakaka
October 10th 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I agree completely. Ulver are just purely amazing. Folk Black Metal was one of the best things invented, next to lubricant.

RiceMonster
October 15th 2005



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

An excellent album. My main complaint is that there is only five tracks, and the fourth one is pretty much a filler.This Message Edited On 10.15.05

Arrakakaka
November 5th 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I really don't care about the filler. The other songs superbly make up for it.

black\m/metal
November 14th 2005



24 Comments


For some weird reason, the cover
art of this album, is my favorite out
of any album i have seen. I cannot put
my finger on why, it just entrances me.

Cravinov13
November 15th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think this album kicked @$$. But I agree, to short amount of tracks. Regardless how long they are.

Neurotoxin
February 26th 2006



90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Considering the age of Garm when this album was written, it's quite impressive.

Werny
April 30th 2006



148 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Folk Metal has been around for over a decade and I've yet to hear anyone do it as well as Ulver did it here.

An absolute classic. Why is everyone complaining about the "filler"? I love it, it has great atmosphere. It's not filler, it just doesn't have any metal parts in it.

Thor
June 15th 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just got the album today, and I'm pretty impressed so far. The musicianship, atmosphere, and avant-garde ness of this album is fantastic.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

AA-12
June 16th 2006



35 Comments


Good review. This is my favorite BM album.

Cravinov13
June 16th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the production is horrible, but this album owns.

TheDevilsOwn
June 16th 2006



91 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I LOVE THIS ALBUM! OMGOMG *fanboyism*

Good review too.

Thor
July 14th 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love love love this album. It's quickly becoming on of my favorite black metal albums of all time.

corga
August 30th 2006



2 Comments


Still waiting to get this album I ordered. I've heard two songs, Capitel II and Capitel IV and they're superb. I think this will be one of my favourite albums. Good review. I do like more Nattens... type of production than this kind of though.

canadapantsman
September 10th 2006



236 Comments


the production isnt that bad compared to 1349, darkthrone, and the like. I especially like that you can hear the bass, and that is isnt always just playing root notes

Thor
September 10th 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The production of this album is ideal for the sound they were trying to convey. There's nothing wrong with it at all.

Apocalypticon
October 6th 2006



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is brilliant, there are very few things missing from it. The production the singing the musicianship are all exactly where they need to be for an album and for music like this. Very well written review to go along with a very well written album.

Angmar
October 6th 2006



2689 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

decent for this genre but black metal isnt really my deal but i kinda enjoy this

Thorne
October 31st 2006



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Perfect

south_of_heaven 11
November 23rd 2006



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is incredibly beautiful.



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