|Review: Blut Aus Nord - MoRT|
Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2006
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: October 30, 2006
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 2.78/5 (55.65%) (23 Votes)
Blut Aus Nord should need little introduction to the black metal loving audience reading this, because let's face it, there really is no other band quite like them (well, discounting maybe The Axis of Perdition, but we all know who came first on the scene in those respects!). After the French band's much lauded 'The Work Which Transforms God' album, comes their hotly anticipated fifth release 'MoRT' (or Metamorphosis of Realistic Theories, hence the strange capitalization), taking the band into even deeper depths of mind-bendingly distraught (de)compositions.
With the opening track sounding somewhat like a decline into some sort of man made industrial Hades, the limits of black metal (if you can even label this as such) are fully stretched to distorted, almost unrecognizable extremes throughout the album's entirety. Without intentionally trying to be overly 'poetic', Blut Aus Nord sound like an orchestra of hydrochloric acid melted steel, contorted and twisted out of all semblances of structure and form, echoing warped symphonies from some yawning otherworldly abyss. OK, so that was pretty 'poetic', but I'd be fucked if I can think of an easier way of describing the sonic scope revealed here. It goes off the map, into uncharted territories of auditory abuse. Each sound-wave acting like gamma radiation on your soul, with its hooked barbs eating into your unconscious thoughts, molecule by molecule. In fact, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were listening to an old battered, chewed tape for some of the riffs here, as they're so discordant and serrated. Although, incredibly they still manage to keep an air of purpose and stability without delving too deep into the abominable Abruptum-like audio terror regions. That said, the whole album reeks of…. well, just WRONG-ness, just like those of Abruptum. Complete unwholesome perverted malevolence in extremis.
To summarize, while most black metal albums offer you a window into a murky, dark or horrific place for their run time, Blut Aus Nord open a gateway into a new dimension of suffocating squalor and filth, sucking a part of you in with it like a black hole until its conclusion.
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