Bergtatt – Et eeventyr i 5 capitler

Ulver - Bergtatt – Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
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Based on 3 reviews
1995 Ratings: #13 / 439
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Based on 94 ratings
1995 Ratings: #11
February 1, 1995 / Release Date
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Anti-Christianty and edgy thematics in metal is something I see as a tiresome gag. Personally, I tend to ask a bit more emotion out of my music than just gimmicks, whatever they may be. Metal is difficult for me in that the very core of the genre is plagued by this idea. Granted, it's rooted that way, but it's not too common to find a metal record that consistently capitalizes on a creative idea without sacrificing it's extremity. The Norwegian black metal scene is the last place I would look ... read more
[Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal]

On Bergtatt, Ulver create an amazing combination of both black metal and folk music that works perfectly throughout most of the album. While the instrumentals are loud and thrashing, the vocals themselves are much more folky and calm... that is until your typical black metal-type vocals come into play. And I gotta say, it sounds super atmospheric, and as depicted in the cover, it feels like I'm walking through a stormy and dark forest. It's a weird ... read more
I'm sure better opening tracks do exist, but I can't think of any now. Over the course of only 5 tracks, you find yourself lost in the woods on the cover, being chased by God knows what, trying to take in the beauty of the forest all while running for your life.
Norwegian experimentalist titans Ulver debuted with Bergtatt, a very exoteric and powerful record that at the same time embraced and challenged the conventions thrown by the first black-metal wave. The album is thematically rich, with many exoteric and fantastic narratives running throughout the tight tracklisting. Sonically speaking, it's a tour-de-force. Even with the raw production quality, the band manages to take the listener to the cold and desolated forests and mountains revealed in ... read more
YOU. Stop scrolling down the page. Yes, you. You should listen to Bergtatt. Why? Just take my word for it when I say this is no standard metal fare. Don't trust me, eh? Allow me to explain further why this is one of my favorite audio recordings of all-time.

With this album, Ulver smashed the standards and barriers set by the black metal bands before them and created their own playbook - one that none have managed to entirely recapture since (perhaps The Mantle came closest in spirit). Bergtatt ... read more
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