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BLUT AUS NORD
BLUT AUS NORD
The Mystical Beast Of Rebellion
(Debemur Morti Productions)
78:26min

Sometimes even the deepest abyss is nothing else than a black hole without light and in contrary to dear Mr. Nietzsche it's not returning the gaze of every misanthropic soul. Such an abyssal release is "The Mystical Beast Of Rebellion", the third album of French Black Metal experimentalists BLUT AUS NORD. The album is highly praised since the original release via Oaken Shield / Adipocere in 2001 and a lot of Black Metal gurus see it as the most essential output of this act. I'm staring into this abyss for years - meaning I've already enjoyed the release in its old format - and I'm still searching the essential material on this output. The re-release via Debemur Morti is doubtless a more than ambitious project with three additional recorded tracks supported by a real nice double Digi package. These bonus materials are doubtless the best tracks of the nowadays 9 song album because they are far better in the position to show the real intention of this whole release with pitch-black Black Metal tracks supported by slightly hypnotic elements. But even with a major difference between the old and the new material - if it comes to the intensity and quality - is "The Mystical Beast Of Rebellion" still everything else than a masterpiece of today's Black Metal and the question comes up who cried for such a re-release. For further info check: www.debemur-morti.com, www.blutausnord.com

Matthias Auch

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BLUT AUS NORD
BLUT AUS NORD
The Mystical Beast Of Rebellion
(Oaken Shield)
41:17min

"The Mystical Beast Of Rebellion" is the third album of french BLUT AUS NORD already. Compared to the predecessors it is slightly different again. The first album "Ultima Thule" contained atmospheric old school Black Metal with a pagan and symphonic touch (comparable to TROLL's "Drep De Kristne"). The second album "The Father Of The Icy Age" came with a more complex and at the same time hymnic type of nordic Black Metal. Now the new album comes with very raw, ugly and sick Black Metal. The songwriting has become more primitive and fascinates by the calculated use of monotous riffs, chords and rhythms. It is because of this that the new songmaterial creates a totally inhuman, cold, mechanical, hypnotic and psychedelic darkness. Speaking of darkness, this album comes with the blackest booklet I have ever seen. Absolutely fitting to the overall sound, especially considering the fact that this is a Black Metal release (you'll undestand if you have got the booklet in your fingres...). This album should appeal to fans of JUDAS ISCARIOT (among others of course). Recommendable work of untrendiness.

Thomas Georg

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