Ulver
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi


4.0
excellent

Review

by Benjamin Kuettel STAFF
November 13th, 2017 | 137 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surprise EP of two bonus tracks from The Assassination of Julius Caesar and a fascinating cover song. Despite the short length, it’s one of the strongest releases of the year.

Ulver surprised their fanbase in April of this year with the dark pop styles of The Assassination of Julius Caesar, their most accessible record and a full-on return to singing and vocal melodies. While this may not signify a permanent direction for the band, as they’ve reinvented themselves more times than possibly any other group in music history, we now have a few more songs charting the same course only seven months after The Assassination… Synth pulses and Kristoffer “Garm” Rygg’s soaring vocals on “Echo Chamber (Room of Tears)” feel right at home with The Assassination… The addition of heavy guitar chords and production techniques, like muffling and various instrumental fade-outs, all exude a hazy, almost psychedelic atmosphere. “Bring Out Your Dead” veers toward the straightforward and rhythmic moments of The Assassination… while having just as many instrumental layers and transitions as “Echo Chamber (Room of Tears).” The use of strings and similar production flourishes as the previous song add plenty of color, as they do for The Assassination. “The Power of Love” is an interesting take on a 1980s art pop classic, feeling like a lost track from their diverse cover album Childhood’s End from 2012. That album was the most recognizable foreshadowing for this new direction, and The Assassination… and now Sic Transit Gloria Mundi show what Ulver can do to create their own unique sounds with some stylistic influences from the decade the 2010s have been obsessed with. Ulver’s imaginative, unique approach to more accessible genres is needed in the modern music landscape. These new songs feel right at home with The Assassination… and provide more excellence in that style. Whether this is or isn’t the last we’ll hear of pop music from Ulver, or as close to it as they can get, it’s been a highly rewarding and stimulating experience of dark pop magic from the wolves of Norway.




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TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2017


17764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://ulver.bandcamp.com/album/sic-transit-gloria-mundi-ep

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_tR3H1BHic&t=0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8McmFWT32E

Concert vids of the new songs on their label.

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Hawks
November 12th 2017


60926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lol





Guess I should listen.

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EyesWideShut
November 12th 2017


4827 Comments


Rasps old profile pic.. hmm Ulver uses sputnik..

Toondude10
November 12th 2017


13276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that was fast



still though I enjoyed this

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Darius the Great
November 12th 2017


18109 Comments


Sweet. Assassination is one of my Aoty's so gotta check

BigPleb
November 12th 2017


55082 Comments


Garm is my spirit animal.

Darius the Great
November 12th 2017


18109 Comments


Yeah he morphs into something else every six months he's a p dope spirit animal

Gyromania
November 12th 2017


25902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oxx u mad bruh?

Gyromania
November 12th 2017


25902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Isn't that picture used by another metal band?

Darius the Great
November 12th 2017


18109 Comments


lol who's alt is he

Tyler.
November 12th 2017


15281 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this literally just came out

Astral Abortis
November 12th 2017


6736 Comments


that's why it's good to review it right away

shockingly enough it doesn't take long to listen to three songs and form an opinion on them

Darius the Great
November 12th 2017


18109 Comments


speedy motherfuckers you guys are

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2017


6675 Comments


alternative summary: glory fades

Darius the Great
November 12th 2017


18109 Comments


o shit

Hawks
November 12th 2017


60926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty sweet.

BigPleb
November 12th 2017


55082 Comments


Can’t wait to throw this on tomorrow and dance on my bed like a kid at Christmas.

Dewinged
November 12th 2017


11310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tx Ulver for reminding me to put Assassination on the AOTY list.

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fromrows
November 12th 2017


225 Comments


I think the album cover is Francis bacon if im not mistanken.

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Aiwaz
November 12th 2017


9999 Comments


Nice review. Good stuff



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