Ulver - The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
Apr 11, 2017
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Norwegian band Ulver reinvent themselves once again in their new record, The Assassination of Julius Caesar. To approach the band's usual fearlessness and will to experiment with new sounds and different songwriting styles would be extremely redundant at this point, but, having followed the band through their endless twists and turns, it is definitely amazing to see them reaching such an unexpected point in their discography. This album brings a few corny lyrics and already explored lyrical themes, but still manages to sound incredibly poignant and grandious, all at the same time. While their most recent efforts had seen them applying for atmospheric, cold and distant soundscapes and exercises in both ambient and post-rock realms, The Assassination... brings in a much more vivid and tangible approach, striking the listener with detailed synthesizer lines, pounding drum-machines and even bombastic refrains, and, as soon as the first song starts, one already knows he/she's in for a completely different experience this time around, even if Ulver still manage to build some incredibly transcendental moments here and there. Anyone disappointed by Depeche Mode's comeback this year might just have found the album they wished they'd put out, and must thank the norwegians for it. Terrific album, and, why not, a really pleasant surprise.
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