I realize the last post is incendiary—Darkthrone’s Blaze and Funeral Moon are amazing, there is no doubt about it. But let’s be painfully honest—they are the same instinct duplicated. What Ulver did was make this statement: we can do that, and we can also do something you can’t. And we can make them of one piece, such that the two together are greater than either alone.
Darkthrone chased one form of genius over and again. Ulver skipped from one to the next, the way a child runs after a bauble. I find myself on the side of the latter, more chaotic, type.