ALBUM REVIEW: Ulver – Flowers of Evil | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 28.08.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even for a band renowned for their shape-shifting musical identity – encompassing black metal, trip-hop, ambient soundscapes, bluesy art rock and much more – the Depeche Mode-isms of Ulver’s previous album The Assassination of Julius Caesar proved a step too far for some listeners.

On Flowers of Evil the band refine their new synth pop style, continuing their ceaseless forward momentum whilst still drawing the music back to more established emotional and philosophical terrain. The restrained death disco of single Russian Doll confirms their new-found pop chops, while the luscious tension-and-release of Apocalypse 1993 and stormy Little Boy find them pursuing gnostic truths within their latest genre of choice. A more consistent and focused album than its predecessor, even if not all Ulver fans will be converted by its end.

 

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