Label: Century Media Records
Are Ulver the best band to have arisen from 90s black metal? It might feel like a contentious statement, but in terms of artistic evolution, it seems a reasonable statement to make. Even during their early days they were pushing at the boundaries of the genre, what with their second album Kveldssanger being a folk album, and the way they would leave the genre behind with albums like Perdition City and their evolution into prog and pop is remarkable. Their last actual black metal album, Nattens Madrigal (or Nattens Madrigal – Aatte Hymne til Ulven i Manden to give it its full title), represents a high point of the genre, being one of the best raw black metal albums ever made, and as such, it’s no wonder they left the genre behind. Without changing drastically, how could they possibly top this?