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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 8, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B000005HNI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Never on September 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have owned this CD for a long time, and after all my years of searching for the best black metal, nothing has been able to top this. The production is PERFECT. Yes, you heard me correctly; perfect. For those of you who are already familiar with the buzzing guitar sounds of bands like Darkthrone and Nachtmystium, this is very similar, but even better. It is not so faded away that it takes away from the guitar resonance, and the guitars are always up front, being the main focus of the music.

The music itself is relentless, very melodic, and raw. This is the only album that encapsulates absolutely every emotion a human being can feel; I feel ashamed even attempting to review it. Perhaps the best way I can describe this album is to say that it is the most despairing, yearning, angry, beautiful, and dark/depressing album one can dream about.

Most will not like this album however. I have yet to find a fan as crazy about it as I am; even among true Norwegian black metal fans. It is not a simplistic album, so if you decide to buy it, just be warned that it is very technical, melodic, and complex. You will not love it in only one listen, unless you are me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William on December 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I, like others who have reviewed this album, was shocked when I first heard the raw noise that was Hymn I..but yet intrigued at the same time. I took a chance (I was previewing at the local shop) and went ahead and shelled out the $$$ for it. I put it on in the stereo at home and started playing video games or reading or whatever and just kinda let it drift to background noise..thats until the chaotic raw noise gave way to a very nice acoustic interlude...so I stop whatever it was I was doing and just stared at the stereo in amazement...thats when I was utterly blown away by the melody that erupted from the speakers when the distortion kicked back in and I knew right at that moment in Hymn I that I had an amazing album in my collection!

as another few ppl have mentioned, the produiction is intentionally raw for the fact they recorded live in the woods with an 8 track recorder, hence accounting for the sudden stops at the end of songs. the more I got used to it, the more I realized that its actually better than alot of supposedly "kvlt" black metal in the fact you can hear all the instruments quite well..which is kinda rare for this genre of music, needless to say. Ulver is absolutly amazing, and you're really missing out if you dont have at least the first 3 albums in your collection!! Every album had something different to offer...but you cant really say that about the electronic recordings they have since released.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ethan Doyel on November 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
What do I mean with the title of my piece on this album? Simply put, if you've been led to believe this album is a sure fire hit with anyone who digs black metal, I'm afraid you're mistaken. This one has turned off many ears, including the likes of black metal fans. Personally, I can't see why.

Upon getting the album spinning, the first thing you'll hear is a very noisy Hymn 1. This is the essence of old school BM, my friend, and it's been captured to a T. The following 7 Hymns are equally noisy, and chaotic.

Here's where my point comes in. For someone who hears this one with an unmatured ear, it's easy to associate it with the likes of... well, we all have our bands we dislike for their perceived lack of talent.

To make sure Ulver is one of those bands for you, start off at least sampling each song clip provided by Amazon.com. If you like what you hear, or are intrigued enough to shell out the cost of the album, good for you.

What can you expect when you get your hands on this gem? A very consistant sound, yes, but I guaruntee every song will shine with it's own distict features. I know, because whenever I pop it in, I make sure I have at least 50 minutes so I can listen to the album from beginning to end. I love every song for one reason or another, whether it's the dramatic way the album opens up (Hymn 1), or the catchy, never slowing Hymn 6. And wrapping things up, Hymn 8, a solid closer.

Speaking of Hymn 8, I thought I'd point out one aspect of genius about this album aside from the more popular, "The Production is bad on purpose, therefore makes the album." Most of the songs seem to be cut off, or will fade out, while the riffing is still at full speed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on October 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Ulver's first album, _Bergtatt_, presented two distinct sides of the band: their raw, melodic black metal side and their roots in Norwegian folk music. Their second album, _Kveldssanger_, delved purely into acoustic Norse folk. For equilibrium's sake, Ulver turns to ultra-grim black metal for their third release.
Legend (well maybe not LEGEND...rumor, perhaps) has it this album was recorded on a 4-track in a forest somewhere, and it certainly sounds like it. On its technical merits, this is one of the worst-recorded official release I've ever heard. I don't find it PAINFUL like some reviewers, but it's definitely ugly. (If you want something really brutal and deadly, check out "Never Again" by John Zorn, on his excellent album _Kristallnacht_, and Merzbow's classic _1930_.) BUT, the overall aesthetic substantiates the sheer rawness and atmosphere conveyed. Telling of men, wolves, the moon, and the dark power of lycanthropy (all in archaic Danish, no less), this album exudes pure atmosphere such that there is a layer of frost blanketing the room upon its completion. This album would have not have been so great if it had been beautifully recorded.
The whole album sounds like it is coming through a wintry tempest, with sound sharp and buzzing. Melodic tremolo picked guitars, withering frosty distortion, and screeching vocals dominate the mix. The tinny, blasting drums and pulsing bass sound like they were recorded far away from any microphones. Garm's vocals on this album are entirely screaming -- there is none of his eerie, ethereal chanting but perhaps it would not have suited this. His bloody, scraping voice sounds like a dying winter spirit. The riffs are ultra-melodic and beautiful, but very simple. The drumming is nearly non-stop black metal blastbeats.
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