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Ulver – February MMX

April 13, 2011 by  

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Ulver – February MMX

NAME: Ulver
SINGLE: February MMX
DATE: 11April2011

LABEL: Kscope


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Carefully crafted but without spark

LOCATION: Oslo, Norway

LINE UP: Kristoffer Rygg – vocals/additional programming; Jørn H. Sværen – miscellaneous; Tore Ylwizaker – programming/keyboards; Daniel O’Sullivan – guitar/bass/keyboards.


WHAT’S THE STORY?: Talented experimental musicians from Norway with folk-tinged, Black metal roots take flight with new single ‘February MMX’ taken from forthcoming album ‘War of the Roses’.

SOUNDS LIKE: Subdued in delivery ‘February MMX’ has an echoey, draughty feel to it; the faint, footstep-like piano keys; abrupt sweeping holds on strings and Vangellis-like synths make it seem like you’re being lured into an aristocratic villain’s parlour. In fact, the more you listen to it, the more you realize it’s an uncanny match for that scene that sequence in ‘Jim Henson’s Labyrinth’ where David Bowie struts up and down an inverted Escher staircase like a teen-heartthrob version of the Child catcher.

This is pretty great, as far as effects go, but the problem is that the track never really goes anywhere from this – there’s no truly satisfying crescendo, no proper rise and fall. Something only reinforced by the lyrical content, which while maintaining the understated feel, remains a bit too ‘standard rock’ to really push through any meaningful impact.

Despite a large number of skilfully manoeuvred pieces, there’s a crucial element missing here, something that gives it the life and verve to raise it above the competition.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You own a vast, drafty hall decked in cobwebs and want to add a ttwenty-first century touch to your organ playing.


Submitted By Andrew Gregory



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