Ulver To Release New Album “Flowers Of Evil” & New Book “Wolves Evolve: The Ulver Story” In August

Ulver have announced that they will be releasing a new album, titled “Flowers Of Evil,” on August 28. With this news, the band have also revealed that their new book, “Wolves Evolve: The Ulver Story,” will be released on the same day. Here’s the cover art and track listing for “Flowers Of Evil”:

“Flowers Of Evil” Track Listing:

01. “One Last Dance”
02. “Russian Doll”
03. “Machine Guns And Peacock Feathers”
04. “Hour Of The Wolf”
05. “Apocalypse 1993”
06. “Little Boy”
07. “Nostalgia”
08. “A Thousand Cuts”

Ulver said the following about the record:

“In the midst of the forest, the floor is littered with monstrous heads and mythical figures, frozen in torturous combat or threatened by wild beasts. A dragon fights a dog and a wolf. A lion sinks its teeth into the fire-breathing monster’s chest.

This sacred grove, near Bomarzo in Lazio, Italy, reveals the nightmare vision of Vicino Orsini, a sixteenth century nobleman. It’s a forest of symbols, suggesting a civilisation overrun by the beasts, demons and monsters of the primordial world. Soon after Orsini’s death, trees began to close in on these many peculiar beings, and green moss would eventually seize them. Slowly, nature finished what he had started.

‘Flowers of Evil‘, the new studio album from ‘Ulver‘, finds the wolf pack exploring the fear and wonder of mankind’s fall from redemption. Visions similar to those of Orsini come to mind, as untamed life abounds…”

They also added the following about “Wolves Evolve: The Ulver Story”:

“We’ve been talking about making a book – the Ulver story – for years. First for our 15th anniversary, then for our 20th anniversary, and now, after well over a quarter of a century, the time has come. We’ve been riding this beast for the greater part of our lives, and the future is not what it used to be.”

Ulver Premiere New Song “Little Boy”

Ulver have premiered a new song titled “Little Boy.” The band commented:

“‘Little Boy’, a strange song for strange times. We have no other comment at this moment. This is a time for withdrawal, a time for reading and listening to music. The song is free on Bandcamp, with the option to donate a little something if you want to. Thank you, and take care. Ulver xx”

Ulver Premiere “Russian Doll” Music Video

Ulver have premiered a new video for their new song “Russian Doll.” You can check that out below:

Kristoffer Rygg commented:

“Although this is pop music in our heads, the images and connotations in the lyrics are probably far away from what one usually associates with this genre. It actually began with some images and memories from the movie Lilja 4 ever by Lukas Moodysson; a dark and disillusioning film about human trafficking in the Baltic.”

‘Russian Doll‘ refers to the babushka, we began to think about this figure in the extension of Lilja 4ever and Eastern Europe. The doll became an object, an object of desire, which we mixed with mise-en-abyme – a composition technique that places pictures, or stories for that matter, inside each other. In this context we see it as a kind of vicious circle, unfolding inwards.”

Ulver Cancel West Coast Tour Due To Low Ticket Sales

Ulver have been forced to cancel their West Coast tour. According to the band, the shows were scrapped due to low ticket sales.

Here’s the group’s full statement:

“THE SWALLOWING OF PRIDE

We come bearing difficult news: after many frustrating phone calls and deliberations over this last week, we have decided to pull the plug on our upcoming US West Coast run. Modern media protocol suggests we trump up a reason, other than the depressing reality: pre-sales are too modest up against the rather big risk, given the size of the production and the venues.

We feel we just have to be honest about all this. We can not justify going through with all the things we need (flights, nightliner, backline, TM, tech, lasers, lights, and so on) in light of the poor prospects. It has left our promoters, booking agents, management, and now us, a bit baffled. Especially considering two full houses in NYC in March.

Despite our problems getting laser permits for those gigs, we think the trip turned out to be a success, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who came to the Big Apple. Hopefully it will not be our last visit in the US.

Did we announce too soon after NYC? Should we have announced sooner? Maybe we waited altogether too many years, before finally making it across the pond? One can speculate, of course, but it doesn’t do much good at this point.

We feel it would be irresponsible to ignore the warnings and go over knowing that promoters (and us) will loose thousand upon thousands of dollars. Money is an absolute drag (except when you have it), but also a stone cold reality when it comes down to organizing these things. We have to take it into account, unfortunately.

We would like to apologize to all those who have already purchased tickets and who were looking forward to Ulver America pt. 2. Needless to say, your tickets will be refunded. Please know that this hurts us all. Visas have been obtained, paid and approved for everyone, some flights and other things have already been booked, pre-prod has been done and countless hours have gone into organization. It hurts even more since it is the second time in the US (third in our career) that we feel we have no other option than to cancel.

Finally, and most importantly, because we know many out there will be sorely disappointed: this decision was not made with a light heart.

We are very, very sorry.

Ulver, Oslo, May 8, 2019″

Ulver Announce West Coast Dates

Ulver have announced some June West Coast shows. Here’s the dates:

06/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
06/15 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
06/17 Seattle, WA – Showbox
06/18 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
06/19 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater

Ulver To Release “Drone Activity” In May

Ulver have announced that their new release, “Drone Activity,” will be available on May 11 via House Of Mythology. The effort was recorded during special set at the 2018 “Drone Activity” festival in Oslo, Norway and you can check out a teaser for it below. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

[via The PRP]