Wars of the Roses, the latest album from Ulver was released on Kscope earlier this year. The album has been hailed by Metal Hammer as "an approachable and engaging introduction to a most unorthodox and enigmatic band" and it has also inspired fan and filmmaker Martin Hilstad to create a new video to accompany the album's opening track, February MMX.
The band have made this statement about this video:
'Ulver would like to officially acknowledge: Martin Hilstad (Director), Torbjørn Sæther (Photo) and Martin Rotmo (Producer/FX) from Norges Kreative Fagskole and Arve Buhaug (Actor) for their diligent work on this Matrix-esque adaptation of February MMX' Ulver, Olso, May 2 2011.
Director: Martin Hilstad Photo: Torbjørn Sæther Producer/FX: Norges Kreative Fagskole Actor: Arve Buhaug Produced in association with Norges Kreative Fagskole, Trondheim
Promo for February MMX, taken from the album 'Wars of the Roses', out now on Kscope.
Kscope are very proud to announce that Ulver are the latest band to join their roster. Early pioneers of Norwegian black metal, the band have continually evolved throughout their career and now stand as living legends of the dark music industry.
Thematically, the same is at stake as always with Ulver: the human condition and a world in fall. But this time the landscape is viewed from a bird's eye perspective, exposing culture and tradition rather than the personal vulnerability expressed on previous albums. In the words of Julian Cope:
«Ulver are cataloguing the death of our culture two decades before anyone else has noticed its inevitable demise.»
Wars Of The Roses was mixed by producer extraordinaire John Fryer (Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, Swans etc.), following a chance meeting outside Crystal Canyon studios during the latter stages of recording. Sounds like fate.
For information, audio samples, downloads and more, go to kscopemusic.com/ulver
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