Metamorphosis (EP)

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Ulver - Metamorphosis.jpg
EP by Ulver
Released September 27, 1999
Genre Electronica, experimental
Length 25:15
Label Jester
Ulver chronology
Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Perdition City

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,[1] thus, acting as a musical trailer for Perdition City.[2]

In the sleeve notes to Metamorphosis, the group declared:


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.“[4]

Critical Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

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.”[1]

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.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
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


  1. ^ a b Side, Oliver (December 20, 2008). "Ulver - Metamorphosis". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ York, William. "Ulver Metamorphosis". AllMusic. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ Scott Seward, "Werewolves of Norway", Village Voice, May 6, 2003. [1] Access date: October 4, 2008.
  4. ^ Vuoti, Sauli (December 7, 2005). "Ulver Interview - Kogaionon - Underground Music Magazine". Kogaionon. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ Chedsey, John (March 2001). "Metamorphosis EP". Satan Stole My Teddybear. Retrieved May 30, 2014.