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Disregarding the first paragraph for a moment, even highly experienced people in the realm of black metal would probably tell you that there is something distinctly alien about this recording. The dissonant, sweeping melodies could almost be "The Howling Of God". A pummelling drum-machine surges them forward. Like somebody mentioned in an earlier review, drum-machines almost always make an album less natural. Why does it work here, then? Perhaps this album portrays the isolation of nature, rather than nature itself, and thus the less-human this sounds, the better? It seems to mechanically symbolise nature's efficiency and power, and so rather than just giving us the image of an insignificant machine doing its work, it actually adds to the album's organic feel. The drums are not only superbly executed, they're superbly produced, and the same could be said for the whole album. Vocal howls and screams are present in the background, but nothing obvious. They're almost indistinguishable from the guitar melodies at times, and the subtlety works extremely well.Read more ›
The answer is yes. It is one of the best Black Metal releases I have ever heard. Although, I wouldn't go as far as to say that it is the "best" Black Metal album to come out of the post-1997 era. It is certainly near the top of that list, though.
The best thing about Blut Aus Nord is that they are different. They obviously take their music seriously, so their craft exhibits the sickening, depressive, and chaotic feel that you should get whenever you listen to Black Metal. The music is obscure and esoteric, which ultimately indicates that the old school spirit of Black Metal exists within Blut Aus Nord. They are not afraid to push the boundaries of the genre into uncharted territories, which results in an interesting and disturbing experience. Blut Aus Nord feels no need to play it safe and to some extent they make Black Metal appear to be threatening again. Blut Aus Nord plays music that is discordant. They throw away most of the rules of music theory and the results are truly sickening. Most of the time it sounds like the guitarist is bending a chord up, or playing a dissonant melody that sounds like a siren. The music is very hypnotic and even industrial sounding at times.Read more ›
French band, Blut Aus Nord (Blood From North) are one such group, and with their latest release The Work Which Transforms God they have managed to produce an album which is quite simply evil.
Most modern black metal has eschewed the garage production that characterised the early genre classics. In keeping with this trend, The Work Which Transforms God possesses a stark but far from digitally perfect sound, guitars are in the fore, vocals and bass get less focus and are barely discernible. Where present, keys are punched quite high in the mix. The drums are clearly from a machine but clever arrangements and layering manage to avoid veering into industrial territory.
Musically Blut Aus Nord have a heavy focus on atmosphere with more than half the tracks devoid of trademark black metal vocals and hyper-speed guitars. These tracks are true mood pieces featuring extensive use of semitone harmonics and discordant modes. By virtue of contrast, the impact of the handful of tracks that fit the more traditional black metal mould is significantly enhanced.
Stylistically one notices much influence drawn from far outside the traditional metal founts. In particular, there are significant post punk and experimental/noise guitar elements featured in the slower paced tracks. This contrasts against the deliberate omission of jazz, neo classical, electronic and prog elements that many other blackened artists have dabbled with.
These elements all combine to give the work a harsher and pre-meditated tone of transformed chaos featuring demonic vocals and ruptured semi tone harmonics.Read more ›
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Words can't describe this monster of an album. Took a couple of listens to get into but after that forget about it.Published on December 4, 2012 by J. Marsh
This is beyond black metal. It is beyond words. This album will physically affect you. I would imagine that if Dantes decent down into hell would have a soundtrack, that this... Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by HerBlackWings
I consider myself a casual fan of black metal. I have a begrudging respect for some of its main practitioners, but my main listening interests lie within the thrash and doom metal... Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by Oliverio Casas
I consider myself a casual fan of black metal. I have a begrudging respect for some of its main practitioners, but my main listening interests lie within the thrash and doom metal... Read morePublished on January 29, 2011
I wasn't 100% what to expect when I got this album. But what amazon doesn't tell you is that it comes with another disc that is more industrial but just as atmospheric and intense... Read morePublished on June 22, 2008 by Joann H. Henderson
The Work Which Transforms God must be listented to in solitude, with high quality headphones, in the complete darkness. Read morePublished on October 13, 2006 by Christopher Krause
For me, this is my first taste of Blut Aus Nord. I had read many great reviews on this cd but I wasn't expecting it to be quite like this. Read morePublished on April 25, 2006 by Smithy1185
Were I to sum this disc up in one word, it would have to be dismal. This highly advanced Black Metal has no hint of accessibility for mainstream fans of bands such as (Latter Day)... Read morePublished on March 23, 2006 by Justin