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Vargnatt is the debut demo tape by Norwegian black metal band Ulver, issued in 1993 independently. The cassette was limited to 200 hand-numbered copies. The demo was self-produced by Ulver, and recorded in the Norwegian trollforest, between October 15-17, 1993.

Their music and style was consistent with the early Norwegian black metal subculture during the early 1990s. However some have noted the avant-garde, jazz, rock and gothic influences that would later shape the band's sound. The archaic Dano-Norwegian lyrics were greatly influenced by Scandinavian folktales and inspired by Baroque poets such as Ludvig Holberg and the hymn-writer Thomas Kingo.

Summing up the demo, webzine, Avantgarde Metal, concluded: “Vargnatt is the primeval quintessance of Ulver's Trilogie; the satanic energy, haunting yet calm beauty and romantic melancholy of the mighty Norwegian Forests, and those who dwell there in. An inspiring soundtrack for a solemn and hateful stroll through the woods at dusk.”

In 2003 the demo was significantly remastered, and reissued through Infinite Vinyl in 10” white vinyl format, and limited to 1000 hand-numbered copies. The release included additional photos & artwork as well as sleeve notes from Chris Bruni.

The demo was later included in Ulver’s Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997 - a retrospective box set, issued in 2014 via Century Media. Limited to 5000 copies, the set collects Ulver's first demo Vargnatt, together with their first three full-length albums, Bergtatt, Kveldssanger and Nattens madrigal with a bonus 4-track rehearsal of songs from Nattens madrigal, recorded in the summer of 1995.