For those who aren’t already aware of Ulver, this review will serve as a brief introduction. Ulver are an avant guard/electronica trio hailing from Norway whose origins are firmly rooted in the black metal underground of the early 90s. Since 1998 Ulver have been releasing music on Jester Records, owned by their front man Krystoffer Rygg. Not content to travel only one path, Ulver cast off their armor following the release of “Nattens Madrigal” to shroud themselves in the ever shifting cloaks of the magus. “Shadows of the Sun” follows this tradition of change, being a masterful collection of some of the most somber, yet captivating pieces of music I’ve ever heard. This is a great CD to listen to on a dark, gloomy winter day. From the first track, “Eos”, ending with “What Happened?”, the mood is shaped and reshaped again with surmounting intrigue that causes your finger to want to press the ‘repeat’ button on its own volition. One particular highlight is the inclusion of an excellent cover of Black Sabbath’s “Solitude”, from the album “Master of Reality”. Ulver’s “Shadows of the Sun” has stayed in my car’s CD player for over a month, and to this day I have not heard enough of it.