NEW VINYL EDITION OF ULVER'S ACCLAIMED 2011 ALBUM
Ulver (Norwegian for "wolves" ), a multi-disciplinary group founded in Oslo, Norway by Kristoffer "Garm" Rygg in 1993 are revered as the early pioneers of Norwegian black metal, who have continually evolved throughout their career and are still perceived as icons of the dark music industry, blending rock, electronica, symphonic and chamber traditions along with noise and experimental music to create ground-breaking material.
Until the release of 'Wars Of The Roses', their first via Kscope, the band remained uncompromisingly independent, operating without marketing, advertising, or any backing from a label (except their own imprint, Jester Records) yet despite this stance the band are acclaimed around the world, have sold more than half a million records.
'Wars Of The Roses', Ulver's eighth album released originally in 2011, saw the band being highly influenced by progressive rock music, whilst also incorporating elements of ambient, post-rock, and spoken word. The album recorded at Crystal Canyon Studios in Norway and was mixed by producer extraordinaire John Fryer (Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, Swans) and Jaime Gomez Arellano. The album was the first to feature British composer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel O'Sullivan ( thenor, Guapo, Mothlite). 'Wars Of The Roses' received critical acclaim worldwide, entering the Norwegian national album charts at Number 17, based on sales from one day alone.
Kscope released two further new Ulver albums - 2012's 'The Norwegian National Opera' - a live album from the bands legendary appearance at The Norwegian Opera House, a 2-hour concert that married tracks from throughout the band's catalogue to stunning visuals to create a spectacle fitting for such a grand venue. Then in 2013, 'Messe I.X-VI.X' - a 6 track album featuring music commissioned by the Troms Kulturhus (House of Culture) in Norway, in a cooperation with the Arctic Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra cultural institution. It was composed and first performed live by Ulver, alongside the Troms Chamber Orchestra on September 21st 2012. The band then took the recordings back to Oslo and spent winter and spring in post-production, honing the material for its studio-equivalent.
Ulver have established themselves as one of the most remarkable musical chameleons of the twenty-first century and continue to evolve with each new release.