Ulver
Blood Inside


4.5
superb

Review

by DinoX USER (6 Reviews)
February 6th, 2012 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Emergency Responding

In 1998 Ulver unabashedly uplifted their roots from the soil of black metal to explore new territory and delve into the world electronica. Trading in gloomy, distorted riffs for programmed beats Ulver was ready to pit against the world of ambience. If there is one thing everyone knows about Ulver it is that are constantly exploring and experimenting in new territory however in some ways this old dogma remains loyal including to its days of Bergtatt. Not so much in a sense of black metal conviction but rather that the artistic endeavours of Ulver remain true to creating haunting melodies and visceral, cathartic soundscapes.

Blood Inside is an excellent often overlooked Ulver release and understandably so. This album is like a sexy shy girl, it may be difficult to get her to open up but once you do it can be awfully rewarding. Without question there is one thing this album isn’t lacking that being confidence. Commonplace dabbling with soaring melodies opening and closing upon the songs, rendering it hard not to notice the influenced of vocal jazz. An obvious example of jazz influence is in ‘Your Call’ where violin and a twinkly 50’s style orchestration join in on the action. How about towards the end of ‘In the Red’ where the song transitions into almost a swing-like jam reminiscent of a quirky spy movie theme. Just as you are attempting to put the puzzle together a saxophone kicks the pieces flying and takes the whole scene up a notch to bring the song to a bouncy, swing melody. The elated section surprisingly manages to work with the context of the song due to the fluid transition. Of course this wouldn’t be an Ulver record without grandiose composition and ambiguous deliverance. Sure it could be easy to write this album off as electronica/ambience but there is so much more at play here.

A throwback to gothic style is also present on this album by which classical symphonic elements play a large role in the composition. The unison of said styles provides a very unsettling atmosphere, going from classy 50’s to unpredictable symphonic movements in the blink of an eye. The soundscape of this album is very haunting which Ulver has always been proficient at displaying due to meticulous detailing of the many subtle touches throughout. Take the transition between ‘Your Call’ and ‘Operator’ for example: a haunting violin melody with fast hitting, subtle beats layered over it build up the tension until it transitions abruptly into a clip of what appears to be a phone ringing. The anxiety builds and you begin to wonder the meaning of this phone ringing, still paranoid from the previous passage you wait to see where it is going when suddenly ‘Operator’ comes flying at you like a proverbial well-placed actor in a haunted house. Instead this time around the actor is a chaotic breakdown.

The theme of this album is unclear as the lyrics tend to be varied and vague however looking at the cover, name and some lyrical hints you can assume it is to do with a hospital incident. This album may not produce its message through words but rather utilizes the medium of music to take you through the panic and uncertainty of someone holding onto to dear life and consciousness resulting from an accident. If this makes the album sound dark that is probably because it is. ‘Dressed In Black’ displays a loss of hope, ‘Operator’ a sense of mental panic and desperation. ‘For The Love of God’ appears to be about someone on the edge of giving up. Melancholic, distorted vocals wail “***, ***, ***ing heaven” being nearly the only comprehensible lyrics in the song. The line is topped off preceding a guitar solo clawing in desperation just as much as the supposed character letting loose. The various elements of the song coalesce to paint a perfect picture of the apprehensive soliloquy.

This album is ambiguous and full of intricate layers and influences working to tell a story that is both haunting and mesmerizing. Garm’s beautiful distorted vocals act as outcries of a desperate man hidden pushed in the background of the story that the instrumentation tells. Blood Inside is a lot like the anime Death Note, it is disturbing but interesting. You want to look away but of course the curiosity of ‘what sort of trouble could possibly happen next?’ Arises and brings you back to Blood Inside again.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DinoX
February 5th 2012


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is pretty crazy I find it seems to be an overlooked component of Ulver's discography so I thought I'd share my spin on it.

DinoX
February 5th 2012


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best songs:



Christmas

Blinded By Blood

In The Red

Crysis
Emeritus
February 5th 2012


17272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wasn't too crazy about this release. They have done better stuff in this era.

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Wizard
February 6th 2012


20111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is still top notch Kyle, listen again. Review/ album are excellent.

DinoX
February 6th 2012


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks! I agree this a top notch listen, it is just really hard to access.

AngelofDeath
Emeritus
February 6th 2012


16202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rules, but yeah, they've done better.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2012


7568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There is something "going on" with the last three Ulver albums.



It's like they leave them "half-finished" on purpose, so that we the fans won't get enough of them ever...

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Imperial
February 6th 2012


1770 Comments


I love this album. Such a unique digital sound scape. Garm's vocals are top notch.

DinoX
February 6th 2012


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Garm is definitely one the best singers around

Vyndax
February 6th 2012


128 Comments


I thought the review was pretty darn good.

Jazz, classic, violin? Count me in. I'll have to leave a soundoff.

DinoX
February 6th 2012


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

definitely a great album for an eery mood.

Funeralopolis
February 22nd 2012


14074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

possibly the best Ulver

Underflow
February 29th 2016


3825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a phenomenal album, no doubt.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2016


16474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

True that, Christmas and Blinded by Blood are so good.

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Artuma
March 1st 2016


29044 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"possibly the best Ulver"



oh.

BigPleb
March 1st 2016


51110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This rules but Arty, can you come jam Perdition City with me now plssss :]

Artuma
March 1st 2016


29044 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

maybe later bro

BigPleb
March 1st 2016


51110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's the best album ever after all.

Mythodea
June 7th 2016


4147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How do you interpret Blinded By Blood's lyrics?

TheCrocodile
July 29th 2016


2787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this one is really crazy



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