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  • Audio CD (August 14, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Head Not Found N'way
  • ASIN: B00005Y82I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chapter 1: Lost in the Forest of the Gnomes
2. Chapter 2: Evelen Follows Behind Vase
3. Chapter 3: Graablick Watches Her Closely
4. Chapter 4: A Voice Enchants
5. Chapter 5: Bergtatt: into the Field Chambers

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Head Not Found. 2004.

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Great atmospheric music!
Flutes, vocals from a woman, and garm's calm chant like clean voice.
Bill Lockhart
The music is EXTREMELY melodic black metal.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By d_didonato on April 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Authenticity" is more crucial in Black Metal than any other style of music, with the only possible exception being some of the more extreme factions of hardcore punk. With that in mind, it would be difficult to be more authentic than Norway's Ulver. Instead of their church-burning contemporaries, Ulver chooses to subvert Christianity by creating music that hearkens back to a more primitive, pagan time.
Bergtatt was their first album. Sonically it resembles their masterful third album, Nattens Madrigal, more than their other releases. The story follows a young maiden as she is "taken into the mountain" (Berg=mountain, tatt=taken). Unfortunately, no English translation is available, but the "Fairytale in 5 Chapters" goes as follows:
Capitel 1
The first chapter deals with the protagonist, in this case a young maiden, being led astray in the forest. The music here is mostly in a major key, with singer Garm harmonizing beautifully with himself in descending cadences.
Capitel 2
Chapter 2, in Garm's words, is "a description of her emotions as the veil of night mercilessly is being let down upon her." It starts off with a pretty minor acoustic guitar/flute piece that wouldn't have sounded out-of-place on their next release, Kveldssanger. Instead of resolving to the tonal center on the eighth repitition, chaos erupts. Garm's tortured screams are accompanied at times with occasional Gregorian chant-esque passages that are similar to those found on the first track, particularly when the track slows to a more moderate tempo.
Capitel 3
This chapter has our heroine attempting to flee from the presence of the subterranean forces.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on November 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The inspiring career of Ulver begins here, with the first installment to the "black metal trilogie." Although I'm sure few people (read: no one) expected Ulver to eventually tackle experimental electronic music, it would have been obvious from the outset that this was a very special band with a promising musical journey ahead of them. This is probably the most beautiful metal album I have heard. Actually it's difficult to think of anything with a metal disposition that comes close. And it is beautiful without any tacky symphonic pretenses or lame synths.
"Chapter I" begins with a hammering drum roll, then enters the evocative, melodic riffing and Garm's haunting, multitracked voice. It feels weird calling a man's voice "beautiful" but Garm's chanted vocals, in an archaic tongue (which adds to the album's seductive mystique), here make me shiver like few others. It is immediately apparent that the production is subdued and gentle, rather than abrasive and trebly. The metal of this album possesses a accomplishes a rare feat of atmosphere, due to the complementing distant sound of the production. A brief middle section of twin interlocking acoustic guitars emerges, then it switches back to the electric-guitar-based melodious stream of riffing and indelible vocal themes. "Chapter II" opens with acoustic guitar and flutes which shifts to the first sheer black metal passage, impelled forward by driving blastbeats and a maelstrom of fierce yet melodic riffs. Also, we are introduced to the antipode of Garm's celestial chant, which is his chilling, diabolical scream. It ends with an enchanting, harmonious a capella section.
"Chapter III" is mostly stormy melodic black metal mixed with feral screams and chants.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barry Dejasu on August 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ulver, my first real foray into black metal, is probably the most beautiful (dark) metal band I have known since Opeth. Much like their Swedish contemporaries, this Norwegian band largely utilize melodies, acoustic guitars (and other forms of transition between heavier songs and parts thereof), and clean vocals to further differentiate themselves from the annals of heavy metal norms. However, Ulver does more than just sound melodic or have a shining moment here or there; they create (no, EMBRACE) a trait that far surpasses any gimmick, theme, or talent in most other bands: atmosphere.

When you listen to this album's five tracks, you are carried deep into the mountains of Norway. You hear the crickets chirping in the shrubbery nearby. You smell the thick green odours of the trees about you. You feel the wind, cool and fresh, flowing through the trees to gently embrace you in its primal movement. The allure of the mountainside by dusk beckons you deeper into the forest...

...much like the unfortunate protagonist in the story this album narrates. For the whole of this story, read d_didonato's marvelous review. It is a rather eerie story, yet it perfectly fits hand-in-hand with the beautifully archaic atmosphere created by the five amazing musicians that made up the original Ulver lineup.

Håvard "Haavard" Jørgensens is the lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitarist. His heavier riffs, along with fellow guitarist (only for rhythm, however) Aismal, flow with such languid lucidity, it is like the fall of a gentle rain storm or the trickling of a wild river; far from a headbanger's delight. The opening riffs to "Capitel I" are a perfect example of this.
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