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Work Which Transforms God\Them

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. End
  2. The Choir of the Dead
  3. Axis
  4. The Fall
  5. Metamorphosis
  6. The Supreme Abstract
  7. Our Blessed Frozen Cells
  8. Devilish Essence
  9. The Howling of God
  10. Inner Metal Cage
  11. Density
  12. Procession of the Dead Clowns


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 17, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B00020Q37C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Work which creates cognitive dissonance in the minds of the holy. This a soundscape completely devoid of anything positive or hopeful in this world. Before listening to this album, I thought songs like "Over Fjell Og Gjennom Torner" by Darkthrone, "Thy Legions Come" by Dark Funeral or something from Burzum's back catalog was bleak. Blut Aus Nord is a new progession of evil. The feel is cavernous, giving an added dimension not seen enough of in black metal. Music inspired by theology myths of the depths of hell I would think. Blut Aus Nord will have the grim minded smiling from ear to ear.
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I remember the time this album fully clicked with me. Driving through northern Norway, with a powerful river gushing a green storm alongside us, this album seemed to be at perfect harmony with the surroundings. Actually, this would seem otherworldly to the majority, and in context to society it surely is, but in my mind this is the musical representation of that river, and thus this album is surely more worldly than anything motivated by populism (this applies to pretty much all black metal though, really). Of course, that is an entirely subjective interpretation, I'm not sure if Blut Aus Nord had nature in mind as a dominant theme when recording this.

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.
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Blut Aus Nord is one of the most unique Black Metal bands to surface in quite a long time. Their music is dissonant and sick sounding. It could best be described as sounding like The Swans/Godflesh meet Mayhem. Blut Aus Nord is dark, hateful, chaotic, and miserable. In many ways, The Work Which Transforms God is the best album to come out of the Black Metal scene in years. Some people would even go as far to say that it is the best album to come out in the post-1997 era, but does The Work Which Transforms God really live up to such dubious hype?

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.
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Far from the Norse birth ground of the genre, the mostly moribund and commercialised black metal scene is being ripped apart by artists who are re-defining the definition of black.
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.
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