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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best album ever, 13 Nov 2002
This review is from: Perdition City (Audio CD)
Now here is a CD you must stop and listen to, even if you think wooah that metal stuff's not for me...
I swear that if you're interested in electro, jazz, pop, metal, atmo, techno, this is something you must own.
At first it has been seen as a "drum n bass"album, which it is not. It is actually a collection of tracks exploring the urban -postmodern- universe we live in. It's a lot of electronic sounds over synth spheres, trip-hop sometimes, beautiful always. You also have one track and a half that have Garm singing along. And if you're into metal you'll know that man is the most impressive singer in metal ever. If you're not into metal then you just have to know that his voice is soft but powerful, expressive and perfectly mixed.If you need a cd to chill out at night in front of your window, try this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak, brilliant soundscapes., 27 Feb 2003
This review is from: Perdition City (Audio CD)
Ignore metal, or reviews in metal magazines. Ignore Ulver's previous work, or their link to Arcturus. This is nothing to do with any of those things. Think Trip hop - Massive Attack, Portishead - and you're probably closer to the mark. But even that doesn't exactly convey the strange, part-minimalist, part-jazz, part-dance that you'll get with this album.
Not to let that put you off. Perdition city opens with some amazingly dirty sax playing, and heads onwards from there into swirling electronics. Throughout, clips of sounds, speech, engines and god alone knows what else drift in the background, making you think that perhaps this is the sound of those empty cities. There are few vocals - and those that do appear are mostly indistinct, with the exception of the largely spoken final track.
This might sound like some insane jumble - but, as with DJ Shadow and his contempories, the simple parts make for a form of music rarely heard. 'Lost in Moments' recalls Talk Talk, with faint vocalisations over sax and piano, 'Porn Piece' has the claustrophobia of Mezzanine. 'Hallways' is a simple repeating piano chord, but one which builds like Rob D's clubbed to death into massive beats (and is just as good). 'Tomorrow never knows' is another dark electronic workout. 'Future sound of music' is perhaps the best piece on the album, building from atonic bleeps into a monster of deep bass and choral keyboards. After this, 'We are the dead' is almost non-music, a couple of repeated chords with spoken words and random noises in the background. 'Dead city centres' compliles about nine different themes into one track, going from weird high pitched noises into 40s film music, into a saxophonist playing free jazz... 'Catalept' is a short piece of violins over beats. The final track is a nice piano and band track with sung and spoken lyrics, making it the only true 'song' on the album.
In short, an amazing piece of work from a band who were until a few years ago still playing extreme metal. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'The Future Sound Of Music'?, 31 Aug 2001
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B. Batista-Pedro (Chicago, IL) - See all my reviews
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Perdition City by Ulver is one of the most intriguing albums I have listened to in some time. On the cover is says 'music to an interior film' and like all good products it does exactly what it says on the tin. Listening to this album for the first time (late at night with headphones) I found that the music really did feed my imagination and provoke an emotional reaction. In places it does sound like a soundtrack, the use of the saxophone in the album opener 'Lost In Moments' sounds remotely similar to the dark jazz aspects of the 'Lost Horizon' soundtrack for instance. There are almost no vocals on this album but dont let that put you off. Having listened to this album many times now I cant imagine how any vocalist could improve the tracks on here. This album is about massive soundscapes and conflicting emotions- quiet yet intense, simple yet mysterious Ulver has created something truly unique and exciting. My favourite track on this album is 'The Future Sound Of Music' and I can only hope and pray that the prophetic title proves to be true.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody Electronica, 14 Sep 2007
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Tom Chase (London) - See all my reviews
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To clear up any possible confusion this is not a metal album, such as Ulver's earlier works ("Bergtatt", "Nattens Madrigal"). "Perdition City" is one of Ulver's electronic based albums, such as the most recent piece of work, "Blood Inside".

Whether they are playing metal, folk or electronica, Ulver create some wonderful music, and this is no exception. Even if you were directed to Ulver by their metal fame, I recommend trying this, as they create the same dark and menacing atmospheres found in their earlier releases, just without the instrumentation of metal.

Unlike most electronic music I have heard, "Perdition City" is not repetitive, monotonous, and doesn't contain silly robotic noises that become ultimately annoying. This album is something wholly different. With its dark and creepy atmospheres it is instantly engulfing and a thoroughly pleasurable experience (especially when following the instructions on the cover to listen with `darkness and headphones'). Generally the music is slow to mid-tempo, often minimalist, washing over the listener with a trance-like quality, only to be hit by perfectly executed climaxes. "Lost In Moments" is a fine opener, mostly consisting of soothing drum and saxophone playing. The song weaves in and out of solos and calming atmospherics until it breaks down into an eerie spoken section by singer Garm, followed by a huge climax with tasteful operatic vocals and crashing drums. "Porn Piece or the Scars of Cold Kisses" follows a similar pattern, its highlight being a wonderful vocal section in which Garm soothingly describes a cold, dark city. Such vocal style is visited again, but at its pinnacle with "We Are the Dead", a chilling piece consisting of Garm whispering about spirits and voices in dark desolation.

Most of the songs follow the progressive styling I mentioned earlier, and other solid album tracks include the somewhat trippy "Future Sound of Music" and the ethereal "Hallways of Always", both evolving around piano/synth themes that are constantly varied and progressed, eventually reaching climatic finishes full of lush drum loops and seemingly endless texturing.

This is not the usual electronic piece of work. For those that are new to Ulver, and were unaware of their electronic works, I strongly recommend this. Ulver can play many types of music sprawling various genres, but every album they put out contains their crucial atmosphere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful journey into the realms of soundscapes, 12 Feb 2002
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Ulver, previousley a straight up black metal act, have developed their new sound to produce on of the best albums ive ever heard. It says on the case to listen at night with headphones - the best bit of advice that could be given to anyone. This album is the most relaxing piece of music in my collection, with its soundscapes along with jazz influences joinging seamlessly to provoke great depth and emotion.
A vast departure from the music they made their name in - but the results are rewarding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing chilled jazz-ish album, 10 May 2010
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This album is fantastic, quite unlike much of Ulver's other stuff. I heard about this album a long time ago and have been on and off trying to get hold of it for years, and I'm so glad Amazon now have it.

I'm told it's the soundtrack to a 2am drive through a deserted Oslo, and it definitely has that feel. Words cannot adequately describe how brilliant this album is - if you're looking for something really different, something that feels almost like a film soundtrack, buy this and make it your soundtrack for a late night listen. Fantastic.
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