Flowers of Evil
‘Flowers of Evil’
House of Mythology
FFO: Agalloch, Solefald, Arcturus, Wardruna, Depeche Mode, New Order, Nine Inch Nails
Like many bands who began playing black metal in the early 90’s, Ulver have jumped between many different genres and always come out on top. More recently, the Norwegian band have delved into ambient, electronica and experimental music culminating in the release of their latest album ‘Flowers of Evil’.
What Ulver continue to show with ‘Flowers of Evil’ is that this is a band which blossomed into maturity many years ago and are giving out ripe, tasteful fruit. What the listener gets here with this album is an interesting set of songs which really showcase the musicality ensorcelled within. Tracks such ‘Apocalypse 1993’, ‘Russian Doll’ and ‘Nostalgia’ really are easy listening, able to drag new parts out with each play, having all the hallmarks of Nine Inch Nails playing with Depeche Mode whilst New Order try to get in on the action. Beyond this, ‘Flowers of Evil’ has all the appeal of Agalloch, Solefald and maybe even Arcturus and Wardruna with its sweeping ambience and chilling atmospheric piano juxtaposed by strong, heartfelt vocals. Yet, some of the lyrics presented here do touch more upon the soul-searching, with plenty of Biblical references to the likes of King David, Michael and the Angels as well as the Seven Seals. However, even the most austere Satanist will be able to find appreciation for the artistry within ‘Flowers of Evil’.
Ulver have once more delivered an enjoyable album that has so much replayability and memorable songs showing that there is plenty of top class life still pummelling through the Norwegians veins and those with a disposition towards this style of music will lap this strong album up.