For all its subtlety, Shadows of the Sun doesn't seem like an album you could experience easily at first; the lingering ambience and the dreadfully gorgeous atmosphere can be enough to exhaust those who are expecting harsh, punishing sounds alongside odd experimentation. But as anybody may notice, Ulver pulls this style off tremendously without any instances of cringeworthy bullshit. Frontman Garm's striking vocal melodies never come equipped with flaws, and the musicianship is perfectly subdued and fits the overall direction of this album. This release is like a painted portrait which can only be crafted every once in a while.
A beautifully minimalist release from Ulver. "Eos" and "All the Love" are two of my favourite songs of all time. Gorgeous production, excellent vocals from Garm, and even the Black Sabbath cover works. The last two tracks could have used a bit more oomph, but otherwise, this release is absolutely fantastic. 4.5