Blut Aus Nord - _777 - Sect(s)_
(Debemur Morti Productions, 2011)
by: Aaron McKay (3.5 out of 10)
Part one of an unfolding musical trilogy, this release from the French mystical singularity known as Blut Aus Nord has awoken this time with a bleak whimper. _777 - Sect(s)_ sluggishly unfurls six tracts: "Epitome 1", "Epitome 2", "Epitome 3" and so on. For over forty-five minutes, the struggle to maintain anything resembling concentration relating to this material is fairly palpable. Would it not be for the spectrally complex and haunting "Epitome 2" and the black metal dexterity that embraces the core of what "Epitome 3" spits out, _777 - Sect(s)_ would be completely devoid of the voracious curiosity manipulated on most of BAN's previous material.

The unsettled and ethereal atmosphere of Blut Aus Nord's earlier releases, _Ultima Thulée _ and _Memoria Vetusta I_, have seemingly evaporated. 2006's _MoRT_ explored an ambient departure from traditional black metal, with all of the cavernous holistic consciousness found within _Odinist: The Destruction of Reason by Illumination_. The individualistic representation created within _777 - Sect(s)_ wrestles with the challenge of sustainable appeal throughout the album.

Optimistically, there is a spot of hopeful expectation for the ensuing releases for this promised trilogy later in 2011, because as the saying goes, "you can't fall off the floor". If expanding the dense austerity of "Epitome 2" and "Epitome 3" on the forthcoming set of releases is what Blut Aus Nord envisions, this spectral trinity of discs could ultimately hold an intriguing allure.


(article published 28/3/2011)

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