Ulver   Themes From William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
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Ranking: #95 for 1998

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0.0 nelg666 | September 20th 06

Decepcionante para los fans del Black Metal, es increible que el album anterior a este sea consiserado uno de los mejores del black metal. Garm definitivamente se aleja del Metal pero no se aleja de su obcesion con Dios y Satanas. Parece que ya no tiene talento ni para ponerle nombre a las canciones.
Por otro lado es agradable para ir a dormir o algo asi, en realida son pocos los tracks que me gustan de este album, pero los que me gusta me gustan mucho, sobretodo en los que se escucha la voz femenina.


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4.0 excellentChino smoking it up! | August 14th 20

You can miss the folk and the BM but this is one bold, brilliant, poetic, devilish tripop piece. The hints of BM are still there. This also breathes NIN's nineties era with tons of other vibes.

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3.0 goodEasterInTheBatcave | June 10th 16

You can't fault Ulver for lack of ambition. This, their fourth album, was their first foray into electronic music, a world which the band, to this day, hasn't fully exited from. Really though, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is genreless. Across its 101-minute runtime it dabbles in metal, folk, spoken word, industrial, ambient, and more, combining and deconstructing these genres at the drop of a hat. Lyrically and conceptually, the record is the entirety of William's Blake's infamous literary work (also called 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell') set to music. Having never read it, I cannot comment on the validity of the musical interpretation Ulver applies. However, I can say that this record is a truly unique experience-- one that is probably too ambitious for its own good, as it runs very long (the twenty minutes of silence in the last song does not help). Ultimately, this is a determinedly difficult album to penetrate, and it is hardly flawless, but it is worth the effort.

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0.0 altertide0 | June 2nd 15

Also known as The Marriage of Avant-Garde, Black Metal, Ambient, Industrial, Trip Hop, Folk, Electronica and a Few More.... "A Song of Liberty" indeed.

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2.5 averageLunaticSoul | March 12th 15

An experimental piece of work that does not deliver - Based on an enlightening piece of art that is much much better to read and see than to hear

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3.5 greatOcean of Noise | February 26th 14

An enjoyable first dip into electronica and a very interesting listen, if a tad overlong and mostly unmemorable.

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2.0 poorAngmar | May 28th 07

I truly enjoy Ulvers' later electronica work, especially Perdition City, but this album is beyond comprehensibility. To be completely honest, I failed to see the direction everything tried to go. I'm not saying this albums tendencies are random, quite the contrary, it is overly complicated. All these songs are suppose to add up to some sort of layering and the flow of this album is very disjointed as a result. Perhaps jumping from Nattens to this was the reason this turned out so funky. Garms vocals are not nearly used enough and this can get very boring. If you want good experimental Ulver, go for Perdition City, that album has a much better flow and isn't nearly as weird of disjointed as this.

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