I finally had to turn it up pretty loud before I heard all of it.I was tempted to say that going from that first Ulver album to this one is a massive change.But it seems that every Ulver record is a whiplash of stylistic changes.Nevertheless, this is about as far from black metal as you can get and still be dark and scary. It has been frequently anthologized, however, which makes it a pretty important story.The final song, “Of Wolves and Withdrawal” is almost 9 minutes of very quiet noises that grow louder in pulses.It seems to be three sections of different pulsing sounds.
The story, written in 1998, is the fictionalization of the essay, “Homecoming with Turtle” that I reviewed a few weeks ago (the one that I said pertained to because of the turtle).Their 4th CD was the CD of crazed experimental music. And I can’t think of too many bands who keep their fans guessing as much as these guys do. Dark electronica, yes, but still, it’s all electronic. The first one, “Of Wolves and Vibrancy” is like rocking dance song from the 90s (like The Prodigy). While the second song, “Gnosis” is a slower, more ambient track.There are still loud drums, but the pace is slower and less manic. They sound like some of Metallica’s chanting voices on later albums.The first time I listened to it, the opening was so quiet that I thought it was just all silence so I fast forwarded through the whole thing.But because the pulses are so mechanically timed it didn’t even register as noises while as fast forwarded.