6: Blut Aus Nord - Memorial Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry

2014-12-24 12:48:13 by johan

Memorial Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry The long running series of Memorial Vetusta albums has always been a fan favourite with it's more predictable black metal sound. While I like and appreciate the more experimental stuff you find especially in the 777 trilogy this does sound and feel like a natural sound for Blut Aus Nord. It's often quite beautiful and sweeping, and while I don't often comment on it the artwork needs mention here, it's a astounding piece. If you've not already done it, do yourself and pick this up.

 

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5: Blut Aus Nord - What Once Was ... Liber III

2013-12-20 06:18:22 by johan

What Once Was ... Liber III Perennial favourites Blut Aus Nord returns this year with the third installment of the What Once Was ...Liber series of EPs (one can quibble with calling this an EP since it's longer than some albums), and once again this is for those fans who perhaps find the regular Blut Aus Nord releases too progressive and modern. Like it's two predecessors this is harsh and industrial, there are no melodic interludes or anything to catch you, it's droning, uncompromising, and unmistakably Blut Aus Nord. Like many great albums there is no love at first listen here, it'll take a few times to find what you like about this release, but once you hear it, it'll be hard to shake.

 

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3: Blut Aus Nord - 777 - Cosmosophy

2012-12-22 15:19:51 by johan

777 - Cosmosophy Of the 777 trilogy, this might rank as my least favorite one, however it's a very good ending album, it's mostly slow and gives you that winding down feeling. My complaints are mainly that BaN's will to experiment sometimes takes them in directions I find brings little to the table. There is ample clean(ish) singing as well as quite a bit of electronica. None of this really accents the music much, it's mainly an annoyance and a track you quickly skip. As a whole the 777 trilogy is very well made, I have minor quibbles as stated above but they shouldn't detract from the whole.

 

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1: Blut Aus Nord - 777 - Sect(s)

2011-12-15 04:16:11 by johan

777 - Sect(s) I feel slightly uncomfortable including this album, it's the first of three of a trilogy, part two has already been released (part 3 is due out in 2012), and it seems pretty clear that all three are meant to be a single album, so reviewing just one third seems unfair. However they are released as separate albums and as such I decided they were fair game. As with all Blut Aus Nord albums there are aspects to love and hate here, there are times I think it gets a bit too soft, but for every part that you might not like they come back in spades with their very special brand of black metal that blows most other bands away. As truly amazing as this album is I think once part three gets released and we get to experience the full trilogy, that's when this will really come to shine as perhaps one of the greatest albums in a long time.

 

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3: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars

2009-12-10 14:50:14 by johan

Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars Compared to much else on this list, as well as most of Blut Aus Nord's back catalog this must be classified as easy listening. If Anaal Nathrakh is a jack hammer pulverizing your skull, Blut Aus Nord is a carnivorous earwig slowly turning your brain to mush. Never really staying too long on the same path, this album is quite a far cry from previous ones, I still hold 2003's "The Work Which Transforms God" to be their finest moment but this isn't far behind.

 

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