Kscope are very proud to announce that Ulver are the latest band to join their roster.

Here's the official press release: "Early pioneers of Norwegian black metal, the band have continually evolved throughout their career and now stand as living legends of the dark music industry. The last two years have also seen Ulver manifest into a live band. Following their first live performance in May 2009, at the Norwegian Festival of Literature, the band toured Europe in 2010 selling out prestigious venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Volksbühne in Berlin and Casa da Música in Porto, to great acclaim.

2010 culminated in a packed performance in the main theatre of the Norwegian National Opera. Ulver were the first band outside the established Norwegian music scene to be invited to play at the opera house and a DVD of this landmark performance will be released on Kscope later this year.

Such an invitation is quite an accomplishment for a band that has always remained uncompromisingly independent, operating without marketing, advertising or any backing from a label (except their own imprint, Jester Records). Despite this stance the band are revered around the world, have sold in excess of half a million records, have well over 11,000,000 plays on Last FM and the interest does not seem to be fading; indeed the band are now preparing to add another bookmark to their chameleonic legacy.

A bigger label, management, touring - all this is new and unchartered territory for the band, and one in which they are not necessarily savoir-faire. During the last two years they have shifted from the safety zone of the studio towards a more traditional route, facing the music rather than hiding in the shadows. Everything can happen, and has. The new album, Wars Of The Roses, clearly reflects this.




With a long standing reputation for being unpredictable and unafraid of radical departures, the most subversive aspect this time is perhaps the band's increased accessibility; even touching on the polished sensibilities of pop and rock. The opening track "February MMX" is a striking example.

But naturally with Ulver comes ambivalence. Fringe figures appear: horror connoisseur Stephen Thrower of Coil and Cyclobe, experimental guitar-guru Stian Westerhus along with British free improvisation legends Steve Noble and Alex Ward. They all play important parts on the album, their instant instincts perfectly aligned with Ulver's composed compassion. The familiar baroque menagerie of piano, wood and wind sit alongside the machines and the ghosts within.

The album ends with "Stone Angels", a long and winding dreamland narrated by Daniel O'Sullivan (who became a core member of the group in 2009). The text is written by acclaimed American poet and translator Keith Waldrop, an acquaintance of Jørn H. Sværen, the author in the band. It is, quite frankly, beautiful.

Thematically, the same is at stake as always with Ulver: the human condition and a world in fall. But this time the landscape is viewed from a bird's eye perspective, exposing culture and tradition rather than the personal vulnerability expressed on previous albums.

Wars Of The Roses was mixed by producer extraordinaire John Fryer (Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, Swans etc.), following a chance meeting outside Crystal Canyon studios during the latter stages of recording. Sounds like fate."


Source: kscopemusic.com
Band profile: Ulver
 
Posted: 05.03.2011 by ravendeath



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MechanisT - 05.03.2011 at 12:35  
Groovy cover art...
One of the most anticipated albums for me this year, hoping that Ulver delivers in spades! From what I've heard, this is definitely going to be very, very good...
Jiri - 05.03.2011 at 19:21  
Don't like the sound of that last track. Hopefully it doesn't eat up most of the record
INÆRIS - 05.03.2011 at 19:34  
Ulver is the most creative musical act out there. I'm so excited for this release. If you have an open mind, and a love for beautiful strange music, you know that Ulver will not disappoint. Can't wait!
Vitriolic Hate - 06.03.2011 at 04:12  
That's a very simple artwork.
3rdWorldFuckface - 06.03.2011 at 13:28  
Artwork Reminds me of the cover of salome record last year.........OMFG that was a doomy beast.....will this one be a avant-garde demon?????????
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.03.2011 at 14:07  
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the most subversive aspect this time is perhaps the band's increased accessibility


Yeah, really pushing the boundaries of acceptible candour there.

That track sounds like Depeche Mode raping Foo Fighters. Rape is never good.
Black Conundrum - 07.03.2011 at 01:22  
Kscope Music seems like a suitable label for Ulver. Ulver is certainly a band of excellent quality; I like bands that make music as the feel like it, putting the genre of their music to a low regard. Also, the album cover is simple, yet elegant. I would like to listen to new releases more often than I do; this one seems like it could be pretty cool.

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