The French black metal scene has recently been cited as one of the most innovative and experimental in the world. BLUT AUS NORD once again confirms this notion with the release of "777 Sect (s)"! Obviously connected to "777" their industrial-leaning alter ego, this output sees the beasts become one. Bathe in the dark sounds of industrial pessimism, the perversion of spirituality and the disharmonic distrust between the soul and the machine. La Fin du Monde!
Fans of this band may recall the first time they heard "The Work Which Transforms God." Recall how thoroughly unsettling and, at times, terrifying the songs on that recording sounded to your virgin ears.... And you thought, perhaps as I did, "Is it even possible to write music that is more evil, more intense, more absolutely #%^*ing METAL than this? I don't think it is..." Oh mais oui, it is.
"777 Sects" may eventually come to be recognized as the "Obscura" of the world of technical, hellish, and artistically elite black metal. Oh, and by the way, this album &%#*ing KILLS.
Blut Aus Nord's music has always been a cut above the rest, stylistically speaking. But their music didn't really attract me until they released "Mystical Beast of Rebellion," a record which I love to this day. Loved "Mort." Loved "Odinist." Loved "Memoria Vetusta II"; despite it being a different direction for this band, I thought it one of the best written metal albums I'd heard, with some truly amazing instrumentation to boot. But despite this, none of the aforementioned releases, in my opinion, could be called the Successor to the astonishing accomplishment that is "The Work Which Transforms God."
Until now. "777" leaves TWWTG enshrined on Hell's bleak borderland and goes deeper, much deeper into the soul-obliterating machinery of total metallic extremity.
More, "777" gives the writing and instrumentation on "MV II" a run for its money. The music truly is that good. And hey, if you hated MV II, but worshipped TWWTG, take heart...
Take heart... and hide it someplace safe, because this album may just rip it out right of your &%#*ing chest.Read more ›
Describing this CD seems difficult. Blut Aus Nord's traditional heavy sound remains, but the direction of the music has escalated into something beyond the cosmic and melancholy themes of their previous album into a journey of doom and hopelessness. After listening to this CD at least twenty times, it's still hard to wrap my mind around it. If a superior alien race descended upon our planet and decided to genocide the human species, this would be the soundtrack to it.
As usual, the stellar musicianship is apparent. This album has the familiar crushing sound with a diversity of overlaying melody, ranging from chaotic and dissonant in the first track, to anthemic in the second track, to darkly heroic and triumphant in the last track, with strange and apocalyptic in between. The industrial element they seem to be known for is evident with some of the drumming and ambience but it doesn't overpower. You can expect a continually shifting mid- and fast-tempo thumping to guide you through the theme of each epitome. Vindsval's sparse vocals on this release contribute an ethereal hissing and groaning to help define the otherworldly nature of each track.
This CD is allegedly the first of a new trilogy, and judging by the unexpected and clever direction of it, I would expect this to be a positive indicator of what's to come and am looking forward to its sequel.
This french band never fails. If you are here reading this you probably already know them, and I should say this release will only makes them even more strong on the scene. The dark, brutal and crushing atmosphere, plus the unique guitar work is what make Blut Aus Nord so special, and here you find them at the top of their game. BUY IT, SUPPORT THE BANDS!!!
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I investigated this album based on the rave review it received on Pitchfork but understood I was going to be listening to something very unfamiliar and quite a way outside of my comfort zone. I must admit Black Metal is a genre I know next to nothing about - after listening to 777 Sect(S) the closest reference points to bands I already listen to were Neurosis (a queasy, evil quality, and some of the brutal riffs and layering), Isis (just a sense of epic scale and similarly not afraid to slow things down to a glacial pace where appropriate) and old school Paradise Lost (the closest I get to gothic metal really). As you can probably tell I see these as pretty tentative links and none of these comparisons really does justice to the work of Blut Aus Nord on this release - this is a completely unique listening experience for me.
The album is awe inspiringly expansive yet pulls off that key trick of also remaining totally immersive as the tracks flow perfectly from one to the next despite some brutal shifts in tempo and style. The intermittently pummelling drumming was perhaps the toughest element for me to get to grips with, these are closest to industrial from my experience and work more as another layer of noise and texture rather than what you'd expect from `traditional' rock and metal percussion. Some of the guitar work is outstanding, `Epitome II' is a real highlight - an apocalyptic, soaring monument of evil majesty! The closing `Epitome VI' is somewhat similar - once again the guitars really take flight and both compositions are strangely beautiful despite the pitch black darkness in tone.Read more ›
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