Kristoffer Rygg formed Ulver (Norwegian for “Wolves”) in Oslo in 1993 and the collective quickly developed a burgeoning reputation as a folklore-drenched black metal band. The band met with immediate critical acclaim for their singular approach to musical forms – even when as genre-specific as being categorised as black metal, Ulver brought something particularly unique to the form that set them apart.

Following their initial output, what became known as their “Black Metal Trilogie,” Ulver have diversified out of all recognition, expanding the folk influence, incorporating electronics and other instrumentation, developing a divinely silken drone, covering The Electric Prunes, collaborating with Sunn O))) in a way that revealed unknown aspects of both bands, and creating the magnificent Messe I.X-VI.X with Tromsø Chamber Orchestra.

Ulver are quietly rather enormous. They’ve sold half a million records over the past two decades and count Harmony Korine and Julian Cope amongst their high-profile admirers. As Korine said of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: “There’s a real lineage from a composer like Wagner to a band like Ulver.” Cope’s view of theme is that “Ulver are cataloguing the death of our culture two decades before anyone else has noticed its inevitable demise.”

We’re delighted to be able to bring Ulver to Safe As Milk and it’s unquestionably going to be one of the weekend’s most profound experiences.

 

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