Genre: Experimental Black Metal
Country: Norway
Label: House of Mythology
Year: 2020

It has only been a few days since the release of Ulver’s new album, “Flowers of Evil”. There is no doubt that they are one of the most special musical affairs in Norway, since the stereotypical black metal that represents the country has absolutely no place within the experiments the five-pieced group from Oslo indulge themselves into.

Clearly influenced by the rave reviews received their previous record “The Assassination of Julius Caesar” received, the pattern has no reason to be switched once again at this point. Ulver is the child of Dead Can Dance with Depeche Mode, to be more specific. This mix may seem ideal for those who can not constantly play the very same albums, but in “Flowers of Evil” the recipe may not have worked so well. Obviously upgraded from their olden days and with an incredible art cover (hair loss symbolizes weakness and loss of strength), the pieces themselves do not hold onto the same dynamic as they used to. While there is nothing particularly wrong going on with them, they just don’t fit with their predecessors.

Although the whole aesthetic of “Flowers of Evil” is excellent, as well as the lyrics are, the sonhs do not have much to say. The album certainly doesn’t fit in the “Worst of 2020”, while it won’t find a spot amongst the most memorable ones of the year.

“What can we do other than work, sleep, and do the best we can?”

4/6