Blut Aus Nord - _The Work Which Transforms God_
(Appease Me, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (9 out of 10)
A gloomy tunnel crawling somewhere underground, dripping water and menace in the blinding pitch; an endless forest shrouded in darkness, bearing the weight of centuries; the smell of earth, the moon as only source of light, and an abstract sense of brooding evil that pervades all. There is an almost palpable darkness surrounding the music that Blut Aus Nord have created for _The Work Which Transforms God_. Whether this makes any sense before you've heard this album I do not know, but it should be hard to find someone who would hear it and not be affected in some way. Blut Aus Nord generally avoid falling into the black metal's usual traps; instead, the low-end wailing laments of their dissonant guitars, the unusual string manipulation, agonizing shrieks and cold percussion -- all mixed with well incorporated atmospheric passages -- place Blut Aus Nord in a league of their own. Their music is likely to invoke vivid images in the listener's mind; it is the kind that can drag you away from reality and into the darkness of some medieval field where something unspeakable is taking place with wretched spirits as the only witnesses. Although the faster material and the mechanized drumming tend to get somewhat repetitive at times, the slower passages on superb tracks like "The Choir of the Dead", "Our Blessed Frozen Cells" and "Procession of the Dead Clowns" (as well as the aforementioned atmospheric parts) help alleviate this potential problem. In a day and age where finding bands with truly unique characteristics is no easy task, _The Work Which Transforms God_ (and also its predecessor _The Mythical Beast of Rebellion_ to some extent) comes across as all the more unusual. A remarkable disc that no seeker of musical darkness should miss.


(article published 14/10/2003)

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