Blut Aus Nord
Ultima Thulee


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
April 4th, 2012 | 39 replies | 4,919 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Roots can be so delectable.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Anyone familiar with the genre of black metal has almost always heard of Blut Aus Nord, being a black metal band hailing from the “coldest” regions of France. In fact if you asked several lovers of the genre to name their favorites artist’ you would no doubt come across Blut Aus Nord many times. This is well established due to their incredible foundation of writing some of the best atmospheric, avant-garde black metal to ever exist.

From the inception of their first LP “Ultima Thulee” the listener is taken through several effective emotional textures. Synth laced passages are overridden with fuzzy distorted guitars that build to blistering tempos, all the while preparing its build up only to fall back down again to its slow tempo’d synth atmosphere; this interchange of compliments is the foundation of “Ultima Thulee” as well as its ultimate[play on words] success. Whether a passage is a melodic interval or a hymned mantra like the one found on the track “My Prayer Beyond Ginnungapap”, Blut Aus Nord’s approach is always focused on getting the listener into a trance. This mental trance is what black metal is all about and these guy’s use it to the fullest. Where tracks like “The Plain of Ida” zone you out with harmonizing synths and catchy repetitive guitar riffs and tracks like “Till’ I Perceive Bitfrost” get your heart pumping with a slow building tempo that reaches aggressive speeds, the reverie of emotions work in solid unison, impressing a weighty degree of responsibility upon its listener. While one can listen to “Ultima Thulee” with a passive approach they will be forced to mentally take notice of the blistering screams from Vindval and the almost inhuman degree of presented emotion in the above mentioned mantra; making this release, in a sense, one that is not afraid of taking the upfront in your face approach to black metal; respectively speaking.

The minor flaws of “Ultima Thulee” may be in regards to the riffs sometimes being overly repetitive in nature, but in all reality the success of this album is not destroyed by such aspects as the recurring themes serve the purpose of instilling the set emotions into you so the transitions occur seamlessly. Also, the drums do little to stand out as their main purpose is to keep rhythm and give occasional tempo pushes but when one listens carefully they can find several moments of well fitted fills and occasional off timed snare beats which give a small taste of diversity. So while opinions may vary, these possible setbacks can be easily nullified with the appropriate outlook one should have with this album and black metal in general.

Although “Ultima Thulee” may not be regarded as Blut Aus Nord’s strongest release, it does show their unwavering-strong foundation in the genre as well as being a worthy precursor of what was to come; mainly the releases of “Memoria Vetusta I – Fathers of the Icy Age” , “The Work Which Transforms God”, and “Memoria Vetusta II:Dialogue with the Stars” with the latter being the strongest in my opinion.



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CaptainDooRight
April 4th 2012



28306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this album

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2012



18005 Comments


pretty good album

way better than shit trilogy stuff theyre doing now

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deathofasalesman
April 4th 2012



5809 Comments


Awesome review/album.

ThroneOfAgony
April 4th 2012



3485 Comments


This band is incredible. I have all of their CD's from a while back, and I must say they are amazing.

good review too yada yada POS

seedofnothing
April 4th 2012



3425 Comments


Solid review, you pretty much hit every point and it had really good flow during the read too. Again, good job. Pos.

Shuyin
April 4th 2012



11106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my fav BM band, great album and review m/

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CaptainDooRight
April 4th 2012



28306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you for the kind words all

and yeah good band overall with this being one of their better accomplishments

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2012



18005 Comments


...

CaptainDooRight
April 4th 2012



28306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Man, every time I see this band name I think "Slut Anus Lord", but w/e."

thanks System, lol where in the world does that thought come from? You been staying up to 2 in the morning again, porn binging.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2012



49770 Comments


I see Blunt Ass Nord
Like somebody got raped to death in Skyrim

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deathofasalesman
April 4th 2012



5809 Comments


BLOOT AWS NOHRT

Shuyin
April 4th 2012



11106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

umm..



SATAN!

CaptainDooRight
April 4th 2012



28306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd def see Blunt too, I mean how could I not

anyways satan[2]

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2012



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best blut aus nord

Shuyin
April 4th 2012



11106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gonna disagree and say the memoria vetusta albums are both better than this

close call tho

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2012



16134 Comments


Probably second favorite for me behind MV2. MV1 is pretty good too.

CaptainDooRight
April 4th 2012



28306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pleasure to have you AOD.

I can definitely see how you'd like this the best Crysis as there are elements here that are scarcely found on latter Lp's.

But yeah since the MV's are sequential, this could very well be a suggestive pre-trilogy to the whole.

Shuyin
April 4th 2012



11106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dont forget The Work Which Transforms god

although i did enjoy the new 777's, mort and odinist arent really clicking for me.. but its nice to see a band trying different stuff

kount
April 4th 2012



1279 Comments


yeah probably second favorite for me behind

related

Memoria Vetusta I - Fathe

The Work Which Transforms

MoRT

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2012



18005 Comments


i mean idk what you were going for there but i sure laughed



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