|EP by Ulver|
|Released||September 27, 1999|
Metamorphosis is the first EP by Norwegian experimental collective Ulver. Written and produced by Rygg and Ylwizaker, the EP was issued on September 27, 1999 via Jester Records. The EP showcased Ulver's new electronic sound, thus, acting as a musical trailer for Perdition City.
In the sleeve notes to Metamorphosis, the group declared:
|“||Ulver is obviously not a black metal band and does not wish to be stigmatized as such. We acknowledge the relation of part I & III of the Trilogie (Bergtatt & Nattens Madrigal) to this culture, but stress that these endeavours were written as stepping stones rather than conclusions. We are proud of our former instincts, but wish to liken our association with said genre to that of the snake with Eve. An incentive to further frolic only. If this discourages you in any way, please have the courtesy to refrain from voicing superficial remarks regarding our music and/or personae. We are as unknown to you as we always were.||”|
Rygg commented “[Metamorphosis] was totally electronic, at parts even techno. When we are in the studio, things seem to go their own paths. We never write anything in advance but all is improvised in the studio. Usually we have only a pattern, a loop or a sound we like. Then we just play with that sound until it becomes a song.“
Upon its original release, Metamorphosis received mixed reviews.
SputnikMusic commented, “There’s really not much here but a quick glimpse to the band’s future, especially Perdition City. Ulver needed to release this before they could continue because it was obviously a new change in sound but also a learning experience for them to produce their new sound as well as starting to experiment with how they wanted certain things to sound, or how they wanted to use the mixing board as a rhythm instrument. This is Ulver’s Precambrian.”
John Chedsey, writing for webzine Satan Stole My Teddybear, commented: “Having consistently reinvented themselves on every release, Ulver has made the final transformation into an electronic act in the vein of Future Sound of London or a more resonant and layered Aphex Twin. The EP captures their new sound fairly well. As a preview for their upcoming Perdition City, Metamorphosis is a great teaser.
|1.||"Of Wolves & Vibrancy"||4:45|
|2.||"Gnosis" (Words taken from "Bad Blood" by Rimbaud)||7:59|
|3.||"Limbo Central (Theme from Perdition City)"||3:36|
|4.||"Of Wolves & Withdrawal"||8:55|
- Technical personnel
- Ingar Hunskaar - mastering
- Tore Ylwizaker - mixing
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