MetalBite Review by Jack on 3/3/2003
Let me say that I think I have approached "Lyckantropen Themes"
in completely the wrong frame of mind. For me I have been expecting "Lyckantropen Themes"
to be the follow up to the much acclaimed "Perdition City"
. I was expecting to be blown away by an awesome follow up to 2001ís interstellar album, but unfortunately for me I was delivered anything like what I was hoping for.
whilst being in a similar vein of music to "Perdition City"
is clearly on a different plane of musical impact. Whereas "Perdition City"
was a bit more upfront and personal, "Lyckantropen Themes"
is decisively more subtle and more of a soundtrack. I guess this is up to each discerning individual to decide whether this is a good or bad thing. But for me, Ulver
are at their best when they have the flexibility to create what they really want to create, to build what they truly believe in. I canít help but think that "Lyckantropen Themes"
was hampered somewhat with a strong correlation to the movie it is going to be for, that Ulver
perhaps didnít have the freedom to create what they are truly capable of. I am obviously speculating here, but I donít feel "Lyckantropen Themes"
measures quite up to the lofty Ulver
standards set through their last three discs.
A decent album, sure, but I do feel a bit let down. Worth a look in any event.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10