Release Date: August 28, 2020
-Flowers of Evil CD
-Flowers of Evil 12" (purple vinyl)
-Great Art T-shirt (Exclusive to this bundle)
-Flowers of Evil Tote Bag (Exclusive to this bundle)
-"Wolves Evolve: The Ulver Story" [Special Edition] Paperback Book
*Purple Vinyl Exclusive to House of Mythology US Site and Limited to 500 Copies Worldwide*
With Flowers of Evil Ulver have fled a burning Rome, only to confront further crime and corruption. ‘Russian Doll’, the album’s first single, moves determinedly through the night, with a story of unfolding tragedy and misery. ‘Machine Guns and Peacock Feathers’ brings fiery end-time imagery – “barrels are burning / great art will be destroyed” – with a disco beat and flashy ’80s synths. Dismal cries resound on ‘Hour of the Wolf’; echoing Bergman’s classic film, the song is dedicated to the hour between night and dawn, “when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real”. ‘Apocalypse 1993’ reveals Ulver at their catchiest, its bounding-goat groove running hand in hand with a grand chorus depicting the catastrophic events at Waco, Texas, during the winter of that year – the very same winter that saw the birth of Ulver’s first incarnation. From that thorny undergrowth, this is what they have become: an eclectic, many-headed beast, chanting the ecstasies of the spirit and the senses.
Wolves Evolve: The Ulver Story
Edited by Tore Engelsen Espedal with Ulver
House of Mythology 2020
336 pages, 18,9 x 24,6 cm, colour print, design paper
150 pages of conversation with the band, conducted and framed by Tore Engelsen Espedal, alongside textual detours by Phil Alexander, Nile Bowie and Torolf Kroglund, plus a wealth of photographs from the private archives of the band and others.
Published in conjunction with Ulver’s 14th studio album, Flowers of Evil.
“Wolves Evolve follows Ulver through the dark woods of their infancy and into the dead city centres where they would shift between their many shapes to come. It’s a labyrinthine tale of musical evolution on a grand scale. Some may be confused. Others will follow the band through their pantheon of friends and associates, obsessions and affinities. And while there, they will get a glimpse of the shapes and mis-shapes that have made up the alternative cultures of the past three decades, rescued from the iniquity of oblivion.”