Blut Aus Nord
777 - The Desanctification


4.0
excellent

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
December 19th, 2011 | 59 replies | 3,467 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

In the second stage, Blut aus Nord basically does for post-black metal what Katatonia did for doom with Brave Murder Day; the daze of repetition aligning the listener within the solitude of sounds, that which culminates into a willed, aural hypnotism. One could argue - in fact many will - that black metal’s charm was in its repetitions and production concurrently. However, with Desanctification, the melodies are not reaching for the surface bite of winter, but instead a much deeper, obscene affliction. With truly eye-grabbing artwork, which is a most rare element these days, a continuation sans reiteration of Sect(s), and even more disharmonic splendor (see 20th century minimalism), the second monolith in the 777 trilogy implores its deserved attention.

The male choirs are back, with more harmonies or some new, additional cackles depending on the mood, and it’s interesting how, as the album definitely slows down fully, the choir and instrumentation as a whole rises in ministration, a word only so appropriate for the theme well-deemed. The choir has more appearances as well, possibly more than screaming, for the epitomes here are much more melancholic, but also much more picturesque. The last half of Epitome VIII is a perfect exhibition of such, with sorrowful passages intertwining with a sort of astral hymn, which soon culminates back into the sinister disconcertion. It is hard not to visualize what this music could possibly be speaking to, inevitably due to its peculiar flow, but also because this album, a bit unlike the last, has a lot more space for the listener to wander...rather interesting considering the songs have more parts to them comparative to Sect(s).

The musical direction on the album is also very much more apparent than on Sect(s), and while the first track is a difficult starter, the progression of the songs, especially from Epitome VIII through XI, almost gives the indication of the band purposely writing in that order. The jolting, high-pitched chimes of Epitome XII interrupt this flow to begin the one-riff song of the album, but the more and more they blend into the background, the more they give off the impression of Tibetan singing bowls, just used for divisiveness rather than peace. This song continually builds upon itself and has more likeness to the first record, but is still very much at home with its woeful/menacing pairs. Many passages are rather, dare I say, anthemic, and Blut aus Nord’s trilogy only gains from this symbol of freedom, which, lyrically, the album seeks to embellish through stripping man of all dogma and politic. This is also a continuation of the album’s visual aesthetic, which, while slightly nihilistic, is strangely positive.

A trilogy so far so good, this album solidifies the idea that music can be about mood and not just the cool riffs. It doesn’t hurt that the topic is worth discussing, seeing as how man has reached a time where he should realize he is insubstantial and, overall, alone, a concept the album sticks to, and further directing the trilogy towards its unobstructed climax with 777: Cosmosophy, yet to be released. The atmosphere with this band is, as usual, untouchable and possibly only matched by bands such as Darkspace, Nazxul, or...earlier Blut aus Nord records, and given the fact that most metal has been on a downturn recently, records like this should not be passed up.



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Kyle Ward STAFF (2.5)
When you add together seven tracks that don't go anywhere it equals one album that ends in the same ...


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R6Rider
December 19th 2011



4462 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you sure are pumping out the reviews danny boy!

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Acanthus
December 19th 2011



9535 Comments


I pos'd, nice to see another view on the album.

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pizzamachine
December 19th 2011



12571 Comments


100 reviews? Congrats!

Oathbreaker
December 19th 2011



1649 Comments


This more of a 4 than it is a 2.5 though...

Wizard
December 19th 2011



19207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Whoa, what the fuck? Good to see you lurking around these premises still.

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Hawks
December 19th 2011



34293 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh my god a Fire review. Please god stay around!

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sifFlammable
December 19th 2011



2741 Comments


this album sucks

but any praise towards BAN in general are always welcome :]

Ire
December 19th 2011



41746 Comments


this is the guy who gave abbey road a 2 review



seedofnothing
December 19th 2011



3425 Comments


Word.




MO
December 19th 2011



18202 Comments


now that you've hit 100...don't leave stick around

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Shuyin
December 19th 2011



11106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

neat review, im recently loving the work of this band. never been much of a Black Metal fan but this slays

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Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2011



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I never listened to this because of Kyle's review. Maybe I'll give it a chance over the holidays.

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MisterSteel
December 20th 2011



453 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's pretty hit and miss with people. You may like it though, due to the industrial influence.

Hawks
December 20th 2011



34293 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is so boring compared to a lot of their other stuff.

MisterSteel
December 20th 2011



453 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They've definitely got better material than this.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2011



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I never listened to this because of Kyle's review. Maybe I'll give it a chance over the holidays.

You're a fan of industrial-type music so this may appeal to you. I'd give it a go, Trey.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2011



18005 Comments


what happened to the cat fight that was fun

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2011



16134 Comments


I feel like they could've done a much better job with the sound of these last two albums. It's just kind of like watering down elements from Deathspell Omega and Menace Ruine, among others.

fireaboveicebelow
December 20th 2011



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The comparisons with Deathspell are only fair in the sense that both bands have similar thematic mindsets and thus
certain areas share certain elements but other than that I wouldn't say it's fair at all to say they water down Deathspell; to
me that only comes from the preconceived notion that the bands were already copycats as it were, which is also not true.

this is the guy who gave abbey road a 2 review
It was a 2.5...please. Also, not relevant, but I still stand by
that rating, probably even more than before, but thanks for discussing Blut Aus Nord!


MisterSteel
December 20th 2011



453 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heard a good amount of Deathspell on Sects, except it came off as trying too hard to me. Whereas on here, I get more of a Godflesh vibe than anything else. And while still not done anywhere near as good as the original, it sounds more natural this time around. I'm interested to see if they can stabilize the balance between black metal and industrial for Cosmosophy.



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