24 Years Ago: ULVER release the Vargnatt promo tape


ULVER released their original promo tape Vargnatt on this day in 1993.

Ulver - Tragediens trone, Live/Promo Video, Oslo, 1993

Some of the lyrics were written by Jørn H. Sværen who has remained a collaborator with ULVER to this day:

I met Jørn "Smile to life and I'll spit in your face" Sværen around late '91/early '92. I don't remember exactly when, but it's not essential. it was in connection with his writing/poetry that I first talked with him, not radio Stonehenge (by the way radio Stonehenge has changed it's name to Radio Mørketid!). I didn't hear about Jørn's radio program until later. Anyway, I wanted him to write something for the one and only issue of Eclipse/Chronicles Of Hate 'zine (sold out!) that I edited at that time and so he did! (It was released in a limited edition of 200 copies!) We've had contact with each other since, and we still do ....... At the point of time when we were right around the corner of recording "Vargnatt" I hadn't written enough lyrics for the six songs recorded, and so he helped me out once again, this won't happen in the future though. Jørn is a great guy obsessed by all dark, religious and unorthodox art in general, and this fits my own personality well. In fact we have talked about making some strange manifests together as well, but we would have to face big obstacles finding suitable musicians for a such a project, should be interesting. We'll see what happens.......

The following year Necromantic Gallery Productions released a split with MYSTICUM; ULVER's side was "Ulverytternes kamp" taken from this tape. In November they began recording the debut LP Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler.

It was never my intention to ripp off KING DIAMOND, but the way I sing on the part you are referring to is more inspired by opera and mountain-song type of moods, not KING DIAMOND. I never even thought about the similarities. Anyway, if I should sound like him, who bloody cares? Are you aware of how many 'vocalists' who have ripped off guys like Quorthon?? I guess it has been ripped so many times people forget to notice. I'm not too satisfied with it because it didn't come out clean enough, but that's another side of the story. I won't use it again though....
- Garm / Ulver interview, Slayer #10, 1994