Vargnatt demo, leaving apart a messy sound was one of the most spectacular and emotive expression of the folk, territorially influenced, Norwegian black metal. The grim, raw and harsh spirit of the new-borning black sound was distorted in a melodic manner. Ulver said to play Trollsk Metal and it was clear that the Norwegian nature and dark tales of the folklore tradition was an important reference and influence for the skilled musician that were part of that band, the superior musical ability and arrangements capacity immediately come out, an acoustic song was a beautiful vision and the other distorted and visionary songs were able to paint incredible horizons, ancient and forlorn sensationsIt was 1993 when a new incredible act was taking form, the
The long running time minicd Bergtatt become a milestone, and it's a better recorded version of the musical direction of the demo, another time the sensation was like a twilight atmosphere watching a misty land of sorrow and desolation from the ancient root of knowledge and magic, telling legends carved in a far memory, a deep walk in that awesome path. The black metal background of the band was another time mixed together with more melodic and folkish lines, and the melancholic Garm's clean singing was the best edge to the majestic, magical world created by the Norwegian band, a piece of art, a poetic expression
It was a bit a surprise for some of the metal fans of the band their second release, the acoustic 96 album Kveldsanger , an excellent work where the trolls of Norway went far away in the direction of the acoustic instrumental song of the demo. The poetic atmosphere, always one of the dominant aspect of the band, took the front of the scene together with the always present melancholic spirit of the previous songs. Choirs done with great passion were another, not always present, brick to the construction of this superb music, able to express similar sensation of Vargnatt and Bergtatt in a new form, strongly folkish. It's still incredible how listening to the Kveldsanger songs is like watch a far vision of an enchanted twilight world made by ancestral forces and a dominant nature, surrounding the listener.
The last excellent and fantastic release of the Ulver musical history is the harsh and cold Nattens Madrigal, the final demonstration of the total independence of the band from the business rules. Ulver never repeated a formula always choosing the most difficult way, one time coming-out from the black metal world for a more unique music, and then leaving the metal borders to express their art in a new dimension, now they chose to bring back their black roots putting together the extreme spirit of that music with their melodic sensibility, the result is simply astonishing. They said to be strongly influenced by the wolf imaginary and another time, recording the album in a forest!!!, they absolutely captured the true spirit, the true essence of the visions they was creating. In Nattens
there's the melancholy, a misanthropic poetry, a cold, cruel evil sound and mood and last but not the least the Norwegian nature with its incredible magic. After that trilogy Ulver left their path to choose a path of incoherence, without any link with the previous research, they moved to a modern form of pseudo-avantgarde music, without reach the quality of their essential albums.