Ulver
Metamorphosis


2.5
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Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
December 20th, 2008 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


In order to follow up one of the most acclaimed black metal albums ever, Ulver gives you…dance electronica! And they never looked back. They included a disclaimer in the EP that states, in a nutshell, they do not want to be characterized as metal; they are proud of their past releases, but they were “merely stepping stones rather than conclusions….We are as unknown to you as we always were.” The band is the most enigmatic, non-touring band of their eclectic kind, and yet rarely do they release any wishy-washy material. Metamorphosis, an aptly named EP, demonstrates Ulver delving into what will become the foundation for all future records, at least so far.

Like I promised, the opening track is a five minute dub techno song. They never do a similar track again and it’s a simple, yet “harsh” way to break fans into their new sound. With the tracks Gnosis and Of Wolves And Withdrawal, the band shows that what lacks in substance is made up with ambience. For the first half of Gnosis and all of Withdrawal there are only little bleeps, blips, and echoey silence occupying the time. The second half of Gnosis introduces guitar and vocals into the electronica, and it sounds very Burial-esque. Garm’s vocals have also greatly improved since the William Blake record.

There’s really not much here but a quick glimpse to the band’s future, especially Perdition City, of which a B-side was included on here. It seems too short, but for what it is you can’t expect a whole lot more. Ulver needed to release this before they could continue because it was obviously a new change in sound but also a learning experience for them to produce their new sound as well as starting to experiment with how they wanted certain things to sound, or how they wanted to use the mixing board as a rhythm instrument. This is Ulver’s Precambrian, and if you don’t like it, they don’t care. Oh, and enjoy.



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fireaboveicebelow
December 21st 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

weird it submitted the review backwards...fixed it though

Wizard
December 21st 2008


19407 Comments


It seems too short,


Hence why it's an E.P. and therefore an appropriate way to introduce fans to their better sound ;).

Good review. I need to hunt this down seeing as Ulver's electronic stuff is far superior then their black metal releases (and I know none of you will agree). Wierd that someone like me, who appreciates black metal immensely, would say that hahaha.

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marksellsuswallets
December 21st 2008


4848 Comments


yeah can't picture liking non-metal over metal ever man...

Wizard
December 21st 2008


19407 Comments


What the fuck is wrong with this world?

fireaboveicebelow
December 21st 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

actually wizard I agree with you 100%

Wizard
December 21st 2008


19407 Comments


^^Someone with brains and some intellect.

Willie
Moderator
December 21st 2008


15977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well written review. Described it perfectly. The only song I really like from this album is "Gnosis".

I need to hunt this down seeing as Ulver's electronic stuff is far superior then their black metal releases (and I know none of you will agree).
Good luck, this one isn't easy to come by.

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Sabottheory
December 21st 2008


355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I will check this out ..probably ^^ Blood Inside is my favourite..

DoctorNurse
December 21st 2008


475 Comments


Nice Review, pos'd.

fireaboveicebelow
December 21st 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks everyone. I figured I'd lower the rating to be more realistic

Hawks
December 21st 2008


35824 Comments


Nice review man. This EP blows though.

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TricksterGRex
December 21st 2008


2087 Comments


Hm, missed this due to being out of town, but anyway good review. And the_wizard, I have to agree with you about their non metal stuff.

username345
December 21st 2008


594 Comments


Limbo Central (Theme from Perdition City) is amazing. Dunno about the rest.

Sabottheory
October 23rd 2010


355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gnosis is definitely one of Ulver's best songs.

idkpokeit
June 9th 2013


433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Don't know about anywhere else but this ep is impossible to find in England.

mindleviticus
June 9th 2013


8231 Comments


the opening track is a five minute dub techno song.


NO

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