1997's Nattens Madrigal Aatte Hymne Til Ulven I Manden ("Madrigal of the Night – Eight Hymns to the Wolf in Man") is the third album in Ulver's early 'trilogy' The Trilogie – Three Journeyes Through the Norwegian Netherworlde. Their first fall was into the satanic metal scene emerging in Norway in the beginning of the 1990's. Their songs were manifestations of rebellious romanticism, combining elements from Old Norse folk music with the primal brutality of black metal.
The first three albums form a trilogy exploring the sinister aspects of Norwegian folklore. The beastliness begins with Bergtatt (1995), is balanced with the all acoustic, neo-folk album Kveldssanger (1996), before returning with even more impact on Nattens Madrigal (1997), where the pure anger and anguish is a consequence of the quintessential lycanthropic lyrics.
Their uncompromising and enigmatic attitude made the band one of the most influential of the Norwegian subculture. Nonetheless they recognized that these early endeavors were stepping stones rather than conclusions - a thought that most bands of the scene did not care or dare to think. Ulver has always been in radical opposition to all forms of restriction and habit.
"I think we quite early discarded all convulsive attempts at being dark and evil in any common sense of these words," states Kristoffer Rygg. "When it comes to darkness, I find it much more fascinating when applied subtly."