|Ulver / Blood Inside|
|Add Date:||2006-01-01||Pull Date:||2006-03-05|
|Week Ending:||8 Jan|
|1.||May 11, 2007:||Living Souls |
|3.||Jan 04, 2006:||Brownian Motion |
Dressed In Black
|2.||Jan 05, 2006:||Baptism of Solitude |
My understanding is that these guys started out as an ambientish black/post-metal group; the sound here is very diverse and there are lots of guest spots, including Mike Keneally and Jeff Gauthier. Synth-heavy and it would be about a thousand times more awesome if the synths were replaced by the instruments synthesized, since frankly the tones aren't that great and sometimes you get a sort of Windham Metal feel. Mostly clean vox singing about Jesus and associated topics, when you can make him out, which is most of the time.|
FCC on two (“fucking”).
Four has what sounds like synthpoppy long vocal lines over synth string swells? Unusual and effective, at least in context of the album as a whole. Think Opeth's quieter moments, without guitar.
Best: 1, 3, 7, 9
1.Wobbly synths open, static fills in. Fairly post-metal.
2.FCC (“fucking”). Similar to 1 but less heaviosity.
3.Lyrics taken from a gnostic. Clattery cymbal opening with orchestra bells coming in. Syncopated tuned percussion and occasional horn stabs. Symph-proggy!
4.Ambient beginning, very pleasant. Whole track has kind of a down at the mouth new romantic synthpoppy thing(+vibes,+choral-sounding part in the beginning) going on that works quite well. Lugubrious vocals that sound like they could be artificially slowed-down field hollers (and some of them are clearly sampled).
5.Ultra-cheesy synth Bach-derived outro.
6.Nice drumming and guitarring. Choral, counterpointed vocal part in the last minute?
7.Synthesized double-bass and mallet percussion. This one has a really weird ending; there are fake brass blasts that interact with the vibes for a circusy feeling, then bari sax & high-hat drumming for a bit of swing? Whatever, I likes it.
8.The beginning could come from Eno circa Another Green World. When the vocals come in, bit of a downturn (especially since the line “no one answers the phone” is accompanied by ... a phone ringing, which continues throught the track). Kind of a torch song, female wordless vocals and clavichord-like trills enter ~4 min in. Last 15 secs just the phone ringing.
9.At last, riffage! Keneally takes a pretty great solo. Busy sound on the track, the riffs aren't that great but the fullness makes up for it. Long (30 sec) fadeout.
|1.||Dressed In Black||5.||It Is Not Sound|
|2.||For The Love Of God||6.||The Truth|
|3.||Christmas||7.||In The Red|
|4.||Blinded By Blood||8.||Your Call|