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Ulver

Formed: 1992
From: Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Ulver News

Below is our complete Ulver news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Costin Chioreanu Announces Book Release

The publishing wing of Svart Records that kicked off this month with the Isten Fanzine compilation continues in April with "Magic As A Golden Mean," which is a selection of mixed-media artworks by Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu.

The hardcover book will be launched at Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland in April 2015.

Costin has been creating album artwork for over a decade. He started out illustrating his band’s demos, but would soon be influenced by circumstances in post-Communist Romania, too.

In the mid-1990s, metal fans in Bucharest were lucky to find bootleg cassettes with badly photocopied covers. Undeterred, Costin simply made his own using Heavy Metal Magazine, the country’s sole heavy music publication, as a reference.

Today, he has emerged as one of the most talented artists in the realm of avant-metal and dark psychedelica, producing work for the likes of Darkthrone, Ulver, At The Gates, Triptykon, and Opeth. Whether the images he conjures are disturbing, provocative, or enchanting, they consistently show great finesse, sensitivity and depth. More...

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Ulver Releasing Box Set

The North American pre-order for Ulver's box set "Trolsk Sortmetall 1993 - 1997" has started via the CM Distro here. "Trolsk Sortmetall 1993 - 1997" will be released in two formats: a 5CD box, and a 4LP+tape box set

Contents of the CD box (limited to 3000 copies):

Hardcover 5CD box
16-page booklet
CD 1: Vargnatt
CD 2: Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler
CD 3: Kveldssanger
CD 4: Nattens Madrigal - Aatte Hymne til Ulven i Manden
CD 5: Nattens Madrigal - 4 track rehearsal, summer 1995

Hardcover book with 104 pages of unpublished photos and paraphernalia, original Norwegian lyrics, presentations and their English translations, comments by the band as well as liner notes by Jon 'Metalion' Kristiansen (founder of Head Not Found Records and the man behind Slayer Mag), Chris Bruni (Profound Lore Records), Michael Moynihan (author of Lords of Chaos) and Mark Pilkington (Strange Attractor Press).

Contents of the LP box (limited to 2000 copies):

LP I: Vargnatt
LP II: Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler
LP III: Kveldssanger
LP IV: Nattens Madrigal - Aatte Hymne til Ulven i Manden
MC: 4 track rehearsal, summer 1995
Poster (size 60 x 30 cm)
32-page booklet in LP size (carrying same content as the CD box booklets) More...

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Ulver And Sunn O))) Streaming Collaborative Album

Finally available to the public this week is "Terrestrials," the collaborative work created by the members of Sunn O))) and Ulver on an improvisational nocturnal whim.

As Southern Lord launches "Terrestrials" this week -- the album officially available to North American audiences tomorrow, Tuesday, February 4th -- you can hear the entire release at Pitchfork.com. The following press release was also issued:

"Following their 200th gig, playing before 2000 people at the Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway, August 10th, 2008, Sunn O))) ended up in Ulver's studio, Crystal Canyon, and over the course of the night they created three live pieces which faded out at dawn as the northern sunlight began creeping into the space.

"Featuring the shared efforts of Stephen O'Malley, Greg Anderson, Daniel O'Sullivan, Kristoffer Rygg, Jørn H. Sværen and Tore Ylwizaker, with ghost appearances by Ole-Henrik Moe and Kari Rønnekleiv (viola/violin), Stig Espen Hundsnes (trumpet) and Tomas Pettersen (drums), Terrestrials was produced by Stephen O'Malley and Kristoffer Rygg, mixed by Anders Møller at Crystal Canyon during February and March 2013, and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone, London.

"Art direction was handled by Stephen O'Malley, featuring a portrait of our sun, captured in the wavelength of hydrogen alpha light -- 656.3 nanometers in the deep red -- on June 10, 2012 by Alan Friedman." More...

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Sunn O))) And Ulver Reveal Album Artwork

Having already revealed the story of how the impending collaborative "Terrestrials" LP from Sunn O))) and Ulver was conceptualized and created, the other vital components of the recording and the full LP artwork have now been released. The collaboration is due out February 4th, and the following press release was also issued:

"Conceived in the interim 2008-2012 at Crystal Canyon Studios in Oslo, Norway, the aggregation of this recording are Greg Anderson, Stephen O'Malley, Daniel O'Sullivan, Kristoffer Rygg, Jørn H. Sværen & Tore Ylwizaker - with ghost appearances by Ole-Henrik Moe and Kari Rønnekleiv (viola & violin), Stig Espen Hundsnes (trumpet) and Tomas Pettersen (drums).

"Terrestrials was produced by Stephen O'Malley & Kristoffer Rygg, mixed by Anders Møller at Crystal Canyon during February and March 2013, and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone, London in April. Art direction was handled by Stephen O'Malley. The cover of Terrestrials bears a portrait of our sun, captured in the wavelength of hydrogen alpha light -- 656.3 nanometers in the deep red -- on June 10, 2012 by Alan Friedman."

In conjunction with the release, Ulver will be on tour throughout Europe over the coming months. Details are as follows:

2/01/2014 Savoy Theature - Helsinki, Finland
2/05/2014 Feb B90 - Gdansk, Poland
2/06/2014 Lido - Berlin, Germany
2/07/2014 Akropolis - Praha, Czech Republic
2/09/2014 Dynamo Grosser Saal - Zurich, Switzerland
2/10/2014 Szene - Wien, Austria
2/11/2014 Backstage - Munich, Germany
2/12/2014 Werkstatt - Koln, Germany
2/13/2014 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands
2/15/2014 Bloom Mezzago - Milano, Italy
2/16/2014 Circolo Delgi Artisti - Roma, Italy
2/26/2014 Club Volta - Moscow, Russia
2/23/2014 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD More...

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Sunn O))) And Ulver Streaming Collaborative Track

With words from the creators themselves, the story of how the impending collaborative "Terrestrials" LP from Sunn O))) and Ulver was conceptualized and created has been dispatched to the public, in addition to the first auditory indication of the material the album presents.

Oslo, Norway, August 10th, 2008: Following the band's 200th gig, Sunn O))) teamed up with Norwegian legends Ulver at their Oslo studio, Crystal Canyon. They recorded three "live in improvisation" pieces, starting that evening and ending at dawn, as Northern sunlight seeped in through the windows.

Kristoffer Rygg states: "We were sitting in the console room, early in the morning, listening to the takes. Someone said, 'ah, sunrise over Crystal Canyon,' as if the night had been a dark one. We all laughed and Greg proposed it as a title. In that setting it sounded perfect. The boys had mentioned wanting the music to orient towards the light, like some lost pilgrim stretching before the sun. We kept that mental picture for the processing." More...

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Sunn O))) Announces Collaboration With Ulver

Sunn O)))'s most recent studio album, 2009's "Monoliths and Dimensions," and Ulver's 2013 album, "Messe I.X-VI.X," found both outfits evolving and venturing into the world of acoustic arrangement and contemporary orchestration.

Besides arriving at this seeming parallel in vision, the pair's long standing camaraderie was initiated during Sunn O)))'s "White1" sessions in 2003 with the track "CutWOODED," which was produced by Ulver, in tribute to deceased film director Ed Wood.

At long last the two bands have come together for a more developed collaborative work. The result of this union is a three-track recording entitled "Terrestrials."

Southern Lord will release "Terrestrials" in February 2014. Further details will be announced over the next month.

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Ulver Streaming Full New Album

Ulver and Noisey have teamed up to stream the band's new record "Messe I.X - VI.X" before it hits stores tomorrow, October 8th, in North America.

Stream "Messe I.X - VI.X" in its entirety via the player below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com. The album can be pre-ordered now as a vinyl, download and CD, which also features a 5.1 surround mix of the album, through the Kscope webstore here. More...

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Ulver Streaming New Track

Norway's celestial dark rock outfit Ulver has teamed up with Pitchfork.com to stream new track "Shri Schneider" from the band's upcoming album "Messe I.X - VI.X," due out October 8th on Kscope. Stream "Shri Schneider" before it releases next week at Pitchfork.com here.

"Messe I.X - VI.X" can be pre-ordered now as a vinyl, download and CD, which also features a 5.1 surround mix of the album, through the Kscope webstore.

A teaser trailer can be heard below, and the full album's track listing is:

1. As Syrians Pour In, Lebanon Grapples With Ghosts of a Bloody Past
2. Shri Schneider
3. Glamour Box (ostinati)
4. Son Of Man
5. Noche Oscura Del Alma
6. Mother Of Merc More...

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Cancer, More Bands Announced For MDF 2014

The recently reunited UK death metal band Cancer has been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest XII. Other confirmations for the 2014 edition of the extreme metal festival include Sacrifice, Nocturnus A.D., Crowbar, and Death Toll 80K from Finland.

Maryland Deathfest XII takes place in Baltimore, MD from May 22-25, 2014 exact venue to be determined.

An updated list of confirmed bands so far is as follows:

ASPHYX (Netherlands)
AT THE GATES (Sweden)
BONGRIPPER
CANCER (UK)
CANDLEMASS (Sweden)
CROWBAR
DEATH TOLL 80K (Finland)
DIOCLETIAN (New Zealand)
EXCRUCIATING TERROR
EXTINCTION OF MANKIND (UK)
GOD MACABRE (Sweden)
GORGUTS (Canada)
GRAVES AT SEA
HEMDALE
MACHETAZO (Spain)
MGLA (Poland)
NOCTURNUS A.D.
SACRIFICE (Canada)
SARKE (Norway)
SOILENT GREEN
SOLSTAFIR
TAAKE (Norway)
TANKARD (Germany)
ULVER (Norway)
UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS (UK)
UNHOLY GRAVE (Japan)
UNLEASHED (Sweden)
WITCHRIST (New Zealand)

http://www.marylanddeathfest.com/

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Ulver Launches New Album Teaser

Norway's celestial dark rock outfit Ulver has launched a teaser trailer for upcoming album "Messe I.X - IV.X." Check it out below.

"Messe I.X - IV.X" is due out on October 8th via Kscope. The album will be available as a vinyl, download, and CD, which also features a 5.1 surround mix of the album. Fans can pre-order Messe I.X - IV.X through the Kscope webstore here.

A new song "Glamour Box (ostinati)" is also currently streaming at this location. The full album's track listing is:

1. As Syrians Pour In, Lebanon Grapples With Ghosts of a Bloody Past
2. Shri Schneider
3. Glamour Box (ostinati)
4. Son Of Man
5. Noche Oscura Del Alma
6. Mother Of Mercy More...

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Ulver Reveals New Album

After the all-covers release "Childhood's End" (reviewed here), Norway's celestial dark rock outfit Ulver has announced an October 8th, 2013 North American release date for upcoming album "Messe I.X - IV.X."

"Messe I.X - IV.X" will be available this fall as a vinyl, download, and CD, which also features a 5.1 surround mix of the album. Fans can pre-order the album through the Kscope webstore at this location. New song "Glamour Box (ostinati)" is streaming below. The track listing is as follows:

1. As Syrians Pour In, Lebanon Grapples With Ghosts of a Bloody Past
2. Shri Schneider
3. Glamour Box (ostinati)
4. Son Of Man
5. Noche Oscura Del Alma
6. Mother Of Mercy More...

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Ulver Streaming New Cover Song

Norwegian avant-garde rock outfit, Ulver, has updated the Childhood’s End mini-site here with a stream of the band’s rendition of We The People’s, “In the Past.” You can also check out the song in the player below.

"Childhood’s End," a 16-track collection of psychedelic rock covers recorded in unique fashion by one of Scandinavia’s most passionate and diverse bands, is due out June 5th via Kscope. The track listing is as follows:

1. Bracelets of Fingers (The Pretty Things)
2. Everybody’s Been Burned (The Byrds)
3. The Trap (Bonniwell’s Music Machine)
4. In the Past (Chocolate Watchband)
5. Today (Jefferson Airplane)
6. Can You Travel in the Dark Alone? (Gandalf)
7. I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night (Electric Prunes)
8. Street Song (The 13th Floor Elevators)
9. 66-5-4-3-2-1 (Troggs)
10. Dark is the Bark (Left Banke)
11. Magic Hollow (Beau Brummels)
12. Soon There Will Be Thunder (Common People)
13. Velvet Sunsets (Music Emporium)
14. Lament of the Astral Cowboy (Curt Boettcher)
15. I Can See the Light (Les Fleur De Lys)
16. Where is Yesterday (United States Of America) More...

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Ulver Releases "Magic Hollow" Video

Norwegian ethereal rock outfit, Ulver, has released a music video for “Magic Hollow,” taken from the band’s upcoming collection of classic psychedelic rock covers, "Childhood’s End."

The video for Ulver's take on the Beau Brummels song, directed by Justin Oakey, can be seen on the Childhood’s End mini-site here or through the player below.

Childhood’s End is due out in North America on June 5th via Kscope. The album includes Ulver’s unique versions of tracks from The 13th Floor Elevators, Electric Prunes, Jefferson Airplane, The Pretty Things and more. More...

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Ulver To Release Covers Album

Kscope has uploaded a new video interview with Kris Rygg, frontman of Norwegian act Ulver, to the official mini-site for the band’s upcoming release, "Childhood’s End." Check out the clip here or in the player below.

The acclaimed vocalist, musician and producer sat down to discuss his early introduction to psychedelia, the philosophy behind creating an album of classic psychedelic covers, how he personally views Ulver’s current musical direction and more.

"Childhood’s End," a collection of classic psychedelic tracks recorded by the band in late 2011, is due out in North America on June 5th. The album includes Ulver’s unique versions of tracks from The 13th Floor Elevators, Electric Prunes, Jefferson Airplane, The Pretty Things and more. The track listing is as follows:

1. Bracelets of Fingers (The Pretty Things)
2. Everybody’s Been Burned (Byrds)
3. The Trap (Bonniwell’s Music Machine)
4. In the Past (Chocolate Watchband)
5. Today (Jefferson Airplane)
6. Can You Travel in the Dark Alone? (Gandalf)
7. I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night (Electric Prunes)
8. Street Song (13th Floor Elevators)
9. 66-5-4-3-2-1 (Troggs)
10. Dark is the Bark (Left Banke)
11. Magic Hollow (Beau Brummels)
12. Soon There Will Be Thunder (Common People)
13. Velvet Sunsets (Music Emporium)
14. Lament of the Astral Cowboy (Curt Boettcher)
15. I Can See the Light (Les Fleur De Lys)
16. Where is Yesterday (United States Of America) More...

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Evile Confirmed For Damnation Festival 2011

The organizers of Great Britain's Damnation Festival, which will take place on November 5th at Leeds University Union in Leeds, England, have announced four more additions for this year's edition of the event. British thrasher Evile will be performing at the festival, as will new confirmations Turisas, Xerath and A Man Called Catten.

You can check out a poster featuring the updated lineup below. More...

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More Bands Announced For Damnation Festival

The organizers of the Damnation Festival have checked in with the following update about adding more bands to the lineup:

"Reformed industrial metal pioneers Godflesh head up the latest bookings for Damnation Festival 2011. Joining them at Leeds University Union on Bonfire Night, Saturday, November 5 will be post-rockers God is an Astronaut, who top the third stage and the atmospheric black metal their fellow Irishmen Altar of Plagues.

"The three bands expand on the already diverse bill for 2011's finest UK metal event, so far boasting Ulver, Decapitated, Doom, Amplifier, Shining, Dragged Into Sunlight and Astrohenge, with main stage headliners amongst the many more still to be announced."

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Ulver Signs To Kscope Records

European label Kscope Records, home to acts such as Porcupine Tree and Riverside, has announced its signing of progressive rock act Ulver. The label will be releasing the band's forthcoming new album "Wars Of The Roses" later in the year. You can check out the first single from "Wars Of The Roses," titled "February MMX," in the player below.

February MMX by ramble_on

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Ulver Changes New Album Title, New Song Online

Norwegian progressive act Ulver has announced that the band will be changing the title of its forthcoming studio album. The new release, which was previously titled "Critical Geography," has now been given the name of "Wars Of The Roses." The first single from "War of the Roses," titled "February MMX," can be streamed in the player below.

February MMX by ramble_on

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Ulver Issues Band Update

Norwegian progressive act Ulver has posted the following updates online:

"Ok, so now we have been on the road, and it has been rewarding, all fear and loathing considered. We are a domestic pack these days. The children miss their parents and we miss them. So. We have decided to limit next year's touring to two shorter blocks, one before and one after summer, plus an odd festival here and there. We would also very much like to make a few appearances overseas.

"2011 is the future, a Critical Geography, the new album of Ulver. The anthological presentation we've been hiding behind since Lillehammer is history after Warsaw.

"We are stoked to say that our blood-brothers VIRUS have accepted the offer to play their debut concert with us at London-palace Koko, as a kick-off spectacular. This is Virus' Lillehammer, and they are a bit apprehensive. We are certain though, that if you show them the same courtesy that you showed us, this will be one to remember.

"The Koko gig will be a further reunion of the old-school rebels, in that our red-bearded buddy ZWEIZZ will be opening the ball. He will also be traveling with us to a quite a few of the other venues announced. See you in the wild."

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Ulver Reveals New Album Title

Norwegian Progressive rock act Ulver has set "Critical Geography" as the title of its next album, due out in stores sometime in mid-2011. More information will be made available soon. Ulver's latest album, "Shadows of the Sun," was released in 2007 through The End Records.

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