Blut Aus Nord
777 - The Desanctification


2.5
average

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
November 13th, 2011 | 203 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When you add together seven tracks that don't go anywhere it equals one album that ends in the same place where it began

It seems that with each subsequent year, black metal artists are becoming more and more interested in creating a palpable atmosphere than they are with writing good tunes. It is almost as if they have forgotten that the key to creating a believable atmosphere in black metal is first to focus on the music itself – the atmosphere is a product of the music, not the other way around. Blut Aus Nord have fallen victim to this trap twice now, and while they managed to claw their way back to the surface with the strength of several arrangements in 777 - Sect(s), their footholds have eroded and they have tumbled right back in on 777 - The Desanctication. Lumbering, egregious meandering guitars cloaked in dissonance are the norm here, and 777 - The Desanctication would end up nearly bereft of merit if it wasn’t for the inclusion of various melodies scattered throughout the album. Atmosphere was clearly the number one priority for Blut Aus Nord in composing this album and for better or worse the music takes the brunt of this decision.

There is little in the way of order or even logical progression when it comes to the song structures. This would be fine given the style of the album, but there are occasions when the transitions are cumbersome enough to make the listener wince. The shoddiness of the shift from the ambiance of “Epitome IX” to the bleak and boring cleans that accost the listener from the moment “Epitome X” takes off is a testament to how lazy this album seems to be thought out. Granted, “Epitome X” hits its stride a few minutes in to salvage itself with some engaging riffs. Sadly, these riffs are soon shoved into the corner in favor of a wandering instrumental approach not unlike what Deathspell Omega are known for. In fact, much of what Blut Aus Nord present on 777 - The Desanctication can be viewed as a slow, poor rendition of what Deathspell Omega played on Paracletus. The leads throughout this album are so similar to one another that it can seem as if they are recycled from other songs; progressively they grow tiresome and make the record seem longer than it actually is. Whenever 777 - The Desanctication presents us with engaging material it never amounts to anything worthwhile, instead it does its piece and then fades away into obscurity to either be re-used later in the song with similar results or to simply never return again.

Much of what Blut Aus Nord do right on 777 - The Desanctication could be built upon to make the album more than what it turned out to be. It is easy to be left confused when the band presents the bases for buildups that never come into fruition, or when the vocals come and go as they please like a ghost in the fog. The essence of the sound presented on 777 - The Desanctication is to be unpredictable, and that it fine as long as the band recognize the work required in the songwriting department to make such an album worth listening to – especially in this genre. Black metal in this vein is not an easy thing to get right, and by the end of 777 - The Desanctication whole tracks are forgotten simply because they didn’t do anything to warrant remembrance. “Epitome XII” repeats the exact same riff for six minutes solid, with little in the way of ear candy save an eerie choir that fades in and out sporadically. It is almost like the song is building to a crescendo that never surfaces, and as I mentioned before this is not an uncommon occurrence. The constant slow pace of the album doesn’t allow the drums to do anything besides plod along, and the bass guitar does nothing at all. Aside from the sinister “Epitome VIII”, there isn’t a single song that goes without a glaring fault.

Given that the album does nothing worth remembering, it is not hard to see why the replay value of 777 - The Desanctication is so low. As the middle-piece of a trilogy that didn’t exactly start off with a bang, there is a lot resting on this album to save Blut Aus Nord’s conceptual saga. Unfortunately, 777 - The Desanctication leaves the band treading water, unable to escape onto dry, firm land. The most frustrating part about the album is that it could have been great; there could have been some serious bombs here if the music had decided to not run in circles for 45 minutes and instead focused on having actual forward motion. This leaves Blut Aus Nord in a funny situation: they are 2/3 of the way through a trilogy that has no character other than its egg-shell atmosphere – thin and prone to cracking with no solid musical base underneath to resist and hold the shell in place. Unfortunately for them – an established black metal act – they are in a place where many inexperienced bands find themselves after not realizing that, despite what it may look like on the surface, good black metal requires strong songwriting.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


16467 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thought about giving this a 2 but decided to be nice and say it's a low 2.5.

Oathbreaker
November 13th 2011


1649 Comments


wtf is this, neg.

Tyrael
November 13th 2011


20946 Comments


You're a hero Crysis

I would pos if I could

Digging: Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


16467 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

shoulda rated 4.5

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


16137 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8BRbM52gpc

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


8387 Comments


Awesome review man, well done.

Vesper
November 13th 2011


3085 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thought about giving this a 2 but decided to be nice and say it's a low 2.5.

Skyrim honeymoon bliss at work here.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


18870 Comments


First paragraph is fucking perfect, exactly why i haven't heard a recent bm album in a long time that i've enjoyed.

Digging: Bee Mask - When We Were Eating Unripe Pears

Hawks
November 13th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review, boring album.

Gmork89
November 13th 2011


5537 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

RAAAAGGGEEE!

Gmork89
November 13th 2011


5537 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just kidding dude, great review, I like this though.

Vesper
November 13th 2011


3085 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

MAYBE - when the trilogy is done, you're supposed to play all three at the same time.

I can't think of anything else that would make this concept trilogy interesting, lol.

Also, anytime I encounter the phrase "ghost in the fog", I inevitably hear it in Dani Filth's screech in my head. :|

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


16467 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Skyrim honeymoon bliss at work here.

Perhaps, it does make me less cynical (which I guess is a good thing).

I think this whole trilogy is pretty much dead.

First paragraph is fucking perfect, exactly why i haven't heard a recent bm album in a long time that i've enjoyed.

Thanks man, glad you think that as well.

Just kidding dude, great review, I like this though.

Was waiting for you to comment and say how wrong I was ;)



And now, without further adieu, back to skyrim

Oathbreaker
November 13th 2011


1649 Comments


^MVII

Oathbreaker
November 13th 2011


1649 Comments


^^Ultima thule

SteelErectedb4you8er
November 13th 2011


2618 Comments


I like what I heard off of this album actually. However, I do understand where everyone is coming from.

fuckthatnoise
November 13th 2011


1479 Comments


i know it was probably a bad starting place with this group, but i couldn't really get into Sects as much as i would've liked. I dug the sound they were going for, but the entire album had almost no differentiation. Every track was the same.

Decapod
November 13th 2011


1011 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is AMAZING. You are all deeef.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


18870 Comments


what does that even mean

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


16467 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i know it was probably a bad starting place with this group, but i couldn't really get into Sects as much as i would've liked. I dug the sound they were going for, but the entire album had almost no differentiation. Every track was the same.

Get their old stuff like Ultima Thulee.



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