Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

BLUT AUS NORD

Experimental/Post Metal • France


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Blut Aus Nord picture
Blut Aus Nord biography
BLUT AUS NORD is a French experimental/ avant garde black metal act formed in 1994 by vocalist/ guitarist VINDSVAL. VINDSVAL started the black metal act VLAD in 1993 but after recording two demos under this monicker he opted for a name change. BLUT AUS NORD recorded the first couple of releases as a one-man act before adding additional members.

The debut album Ultima Thulée was released in 1995 and a second album followed in 1996 called Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age. There was a five year recording break before the third album release The Mystical Beast of Rebellion (2003). Up until then BLUT AUS NORD had been more or less a traditional black metal act but with the fourth studio album release The Work Which Transforms God (2004), the band started incorporating experimental and avant garde elements to their sound. The fifth studio album MoRT (2006) continues the avant garde approach of it´s predecessor while the band has somewhat returned to more traditional black metal ( still with some experimental elements) on their two latest studio albums Odinist - The Destruction of Reason by Illumination (2007) and Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars (2009).

BLUT AUS NORD´s inclusion in the the Prog Archives database has been approved by the Progressive Metal Team.

(Biography written by UMUR)

Blut Aus Nord official website

BLUT AUS NORD MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

BLUT AUS NORD forum topics / tours, shows & news


BLUT AUS NORD forum topics Create a topic now
BLUT AUS NORD tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "blut aus nord"
Post an entries now

BLUT AUS NORD Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to BLUT AUS NORD

Buy BLUT AUS NORD Music


Memoria Vetusta II-Diablo...Memoria Vetusta II-Diablo...
CANDLELIGHT RECORDS 2015
Audio CD$8.98
$8.97 (used)
Memoria Vestusa III: Saturnian PoetryMemoria Vestusa III: Saturnian Poetry
Debemur Morti Prod. 2014
Audio CD$11.05
$15.32 (used)
The Work Which Transforms GodThe Work Which Transforms God
CANDLELIGHT RECORDS 2015
Audio CD$8.15
$4.27 (used)
777: Cosmosophy777: Cosmosophy
METALHIT.COM 2012
Audio CD$12.11
$67.99 (used)
Thematic EmanationThematic Emanation
Tanglade 2005
Audio CD$12.54
$5.76 (used)
TriunityTriunity
DEBEMUR MORTI PRODUCTIONS 2014
Audio CD$11.38
$15.47 (used)
What Once Was - Liber IllWhat Once Was - Liber Ill
Import
DEBEMUR MORTI PRODUCTIONS 2014
Audio CD$9.10
$57.99 (used)
Memoria Vetusta: Fathers Of The Icy AgesMemoria Vetusta: Fathers Of The Icy Ages
CANDLELIGHT RECORDS 2015
Audio CD$6.36
$6.85 (used)
777 - The Desanctification777 - The Desanctification
Import
CAROLINE GENERAL CAT
Audio CD$11.28
$27.99 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
~COVER ART MISSING~ Blut Aus Nord CD Mort USD $7.49 Buy It Now
SPECTRUMS OF OBLIVION CD 1st Press RARE Deathspell Omega Blut Aus Nord Alcest USD $17.99 Buy It Now 5h 32m
SPEKTR Mescalyne CD DIGIPAK NEW SEALED Blut Aus Nord Deathspell Omega Haemoth USD $9.99 Buy It Now 5h 32m
HAEMOTH In Nomine Odium CD DIGIPAK NEW SEALED Blut Aus Nord Deathspell Omega USD $9.99 Buy It Now 5h 34m
HAEMOTH Kontamination CD 2006 Mutiilation Antaeus Blut Aus Nord Deathspell Omega USD $14.99 Buy It Now 5h 34m
MANETHEREN Time CD DIGIPAK NEW SEALED Leviathan Blut Aus Nord Deathspell Omega USD $11.99 Buy It Now 5h 48m
AGLAOMORPHA Perception CD experimental Russian doom metal blut aus nord aarni USD $11.99 Buy It Now 9h 6m
Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Ages by Blut aus Nord (CD, Jun-2005) USD $8.49 Buy It Now 12h 27m
BLUT AUS NORD / ÆVANGELIST Codex Obscura Nomina DIGIPAK DEATHSPELL OMEGA USD $18.00 Buy It Now 14h 19m
BLUT AUS NORD / AEVANGELIST-CODEX OBSCURA NOMINA CD NEW USD $17.30 Buy It Now 15h 11m
The Candlelight Years Vol. 1 Blut Aus Nord Audio CD USD $27.53 Buy It Now 19h 13m
WORK WHICH TRANFORMS GOD BY BLUT AUS NORD (CD) USD $18.02 Buy It Now 1 day
MORTHOND desolation CD SEALED blut aus nord satanic warmaster ulver nagelfar USD $12.99 Buy It Now 1 day
SPEKTR Near Death Experience CD French avant-garde black metal blut aus nord NEW USD $9.98 Buy It Now 1 day
Crushing The Holy Trinity 3 CD's Deathspell Omega Musta Surma Mgla Blut Aus Nord USD $124.99 Buy It Now 1 day
NECROMICON REALM OF SILENCE 1996 IMPURE CREATIONS ZEPHYROUS BLUT AUS NORD TAAKE USD $28.99 Buy It Now 1 day
P.H.O.B.O.S. Tectonics CD French industrial metal blut aus nord overmars NEW USD $8.98 Buy It Now 2 days
Thaw - St. Phenome Alley DIGI-CD Blut aus Nord Furia Mord'A'Stigmata Trivax USD $5.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry CD 2014 digi black metal USD $16.95 Buy It Now 2 days
ASYNDESS"Desesperances"ORG cd Belenos,Blut aus nord USD $34.99 Buy It Now 2 days
WAY TO END Desecrated Internal Journey CD Blut Aus Nord Clandestine Blaze Mgla USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
A.I.D.S Syndrome Of The End Approching CD NEW BLACK METAL Blut Aus Nord Haemoth USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Devilgroth - Morena CD Deathspell Omega Blut aus Nord Dodecahedron Svartidauði USD $5.00 Buy It Now 2 days
BLUT AUS NORD**ULTIMA THULEE**CD USD $6.95 Buy It Now 3 days
THORNIUM DOMINIONS OF THE ECLIPSE 1995 NGP TROLL ULVER BLUT AUS NORD DECAMERON USD $64.99 Buy It Now 3 days
The Work Which Transforms God by Blut aus Nord (CD, May-2004, 2 Discs, Candlelig USD $6.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Triunity 0610585201589 by Blut Aus Nord, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P&H USD $20.94 Buy It Now 3 days
BLUT AUS NORD The Mystical Beast... 2CD DIGI NEW Mutiilation Deathspell Omega USD $17.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Nevaloth - The Antagonist Digipak CD Blut Aus Nord Oranssi Pazuzu black metal USD $10.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Blut Aus Nord - Ultima Thulee CD 2005 black metal France Candlelight USA USD $11.95 Buy It Now 4 days
BLUT AUS NORD FATHERS OF THE ICY AGE 1996 IMPURE CREATIONS NECROMICON ZEPHYROUS USD $48.99 Buy It Now 4 days
BLUT AUS NORD/AEVANGELIST - CODEX OBSCURE NOMINA CD NEW+ USD $26.26 Buy It Now 4 days
BELENOS "Spicilege" ORG cd Sacral productions 2002,Blut aus nord USD $49.99 Buy It Now 5 days
Au Dessus - Au Dessus VINYL Deathspell Omega Blut Aus Nord Behemoth Alcest USD $18.00 Buy It Now 5 days
Blut Aus Nord: The Work Which Transforms God / Thematic Emanation 2 CD Set NEW USD $13.95 Buy It Now 5 days
Blut Aus Nord Ultima Thulée CD Grishnackh Goatmoon Peste Noire Seigneur Voland USD $69.99 [0 bids]
5 days
BLUT AUS NORD - Odinist: Destruction Of Reason CD '07 - MINT Black Mayhem USD $6.49 [0 bids]
5 days
What Once Was...Liber III [Digipak] by Blut aus Nord USD $19.83 Buy It Now 5 days
What Once Was - Liber I [Digipak] by Blut aus Nord USD $19.49 Buy It Now 5 days
The Candlelight Years, Vol. 1 by Blut aus Nord USD $22.17 Buy It Now 6 days
Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification Digi CD Deathspell Omega Leviathan USD $15.00 Buy It Now 6 days
Blut Aus Nord - Debemur Morti Digi CD Deathspell Omega Leviathan Svartidaudi USD $13.00 Buy It Now 6 days
Blut Aus Nord - The Mystical Beast Of Rebellion Digi 2CD Deathspell Omega Mgla USD $17.00 Buy It Now 6 days
Blut Aus Nord - What Once Was... Liber I Digi CD Deathspell Omega Svartidaudi USD $14.00 Buy It Now 6 days
Blut Aus Nord - What Once Was... Liber III Digi CD Deathspell Omega Svartidaudi USD $14.00 Buy It Now 6 days
777: Sect(s) [Digipak] by Blut aus Nord USD $22.26 Buy It Now 6 days
Codex Obscura Nomina [Digipak] * by ?vangelist/Blut aus Nord USD $26.97 Buy It Now 6 days
FLUISTERAARS - Luwte LP Agalloch, Mgla, Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord, Mayhem USD $23.00 Buy It Now 6 days
Blut Aus Nord-Candlelight Years Vol 1 (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $19.17 Buy It Now 7 days
BLUT AUS NORD-WHAT ONCE WAS?LIBER III CD NEW USD $24.04 Buy It Now 7 days
Blut Aus Nord-777 The Desanctification CD NEW USD $22.28 Buy It Now 7 days
Blut Aus Nord - The Mystical Beast of Rebellion 2CD 2010 digi black metal France USD $12.95 Buy It Now 7 days
Vukari - En to Pan LP Vinyl Blut Aus Nord Cult of Lune WITTR Woman is the Earth USD $10.00 Buy It Now 7 days
What Once Was...Liber Iii, Blut Aus Nord, 0610585201855 * NEW * USD $24.72 Buy It Now 7 days
Montes Insania Absurdum CD Deathspell Omega Blut aus Nord Dodecahedron Ulcerate USD $5.00 Buy It Now 7 days
The Ocean Fluxion CD 2009 German Progressive Sludge Metal Blut aus Nord Neurosis USD $4.99 Buy It Now 8 days
What Once Wasliber I, Blut Aus Nord, 0610585200667 USD $18.32 Buy It Now 8 days
What Once Was...Liber Iii, Blut Aus Nord, 0610585201855 USD $18.32 Buy It Now 8 days
Triunity, Blut Aus Nord / P.H., 0610585201589 USD $18.32 Buy It Now 8 days
777: The Desanctification [Digipak] by Blut aus Nord USD $22.08 Buy It Now 8 days
BLUT AUS NORD ?- THE CANDLELIGHT YEARS VOL. 1 (CD) USD $10.39 Buy It Now 8 days
AWE Providentia DEATHSPELL OMEGA BLUT AUS NORD DODHEIMSGARD USD $11.00 Buy It Now 9 days
BELENOS NOTRE AMOUR ETERNEL 1998 POLYPHEMUS BLUT AUS NORD ARKONA THRONE OF AHAZ USD $69.99 Buy It Now 9 days
Blut Aus Nord-Odinist CD NEW USD $10.20 Buy It Now 9 days
BLUT AUS NORD- MYSTICAL BEAST OF REBELLION 2XCD INC BONUS ALBUM NEW UK FREEPOST USD $7.14 Buy It Now 10 days
Blut Aus Nord-777 The Desanctification (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $15.95 Buy It Now 10 days
BLUT AUS NORD Ultima Thulee CD avant french black metal deathspell omega USD $10.99 Buy It Now 10 days
BLUT AUS NORD The Work Which Transforms God/Thematic Emanation 2xCD french black USD $12.98 Buy It Now 10 days
SAMAEL "Above" LP dissection enslaved blut aus nord USD $18.83 Buy It Now 10 days
Blut Aus Nord: What Once Was Liber III CD 2013 Debemur Morti France DMP0097 NEW USD $12.95 Buy It Now 11 days
PYRAMIDS A Northern Meadow LP blackened prog metal Blut Aus Nord krallice *NEW* USD $34.99 Buy It Now 12 days
Blut Aus Nord - The Work Which Transforms God CD 2013 digi reissue black metal USD $15.95 Buy It Now 12 days
Heidenreich - Trance of An Unholy Union RARE ORG 1999 Napalm Rec. Blut aus Nord USD $9.04 Buy It Now 13 days
What Once Wasliber I Blut Aus Nord Audio CD USD $19.22 Buy It Now 13 days
Triunity Blut Aus Nord / P.H.O.B.O.S. Audio CD USD $20.26 Buy It Now 13 days
Blut Aus Nord ?- 777 - The Desanctification CD Digipak Brand New Shrink Sealed USD $11.00 Buy It Now 13 days
BLUT AUS NORD Memoria Vetusta CD avant garde French black metal Emperor enslaved USD $13.98 Buy It Now 13 days
Blut Aus Nord - What Once Was...Liber III CD 2013 digi black metal France USD $15.95 Buy It Now 13 days
Blut Aus Nord: Ultima Thulee CD 2005 Candlelight USA Records CDL0069CD NEW USD $10.95 Buy It Now 14 days
ANAON "Les rites de Cromlech"ORG LTD cd Drakkar 98,Blut aus Nord USD $14.99 Buy It Now 14 days
Blut Aus Nord - Debemur MoRTi CD 2014 limited digipack black metal France USD $13.95 Buy It Now 14 days
Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Ages by Blut aus Nord (CD, Jun-2005, Candl USD $6.00 Buy It Now 14 days
Blut Aus Nord / P.H.O.B.O.S. - Triunity (NEW CD) USD $19.46 Buy It Now 15 days
Blut Aus Nord-The Work Which Transforms God CD NEW USD $13.22 Buy It Now 15 days
Blut Aus Nord - The Candlelight Years Vol. 1 *New* USD $20.54 Buy It Now 15 days
Blut Aus Nord: Memoria Vetusta I - Fathers Of The Icy Ages CD 2005 CDL0081CD NEW USD $10.95 Buy It Now 15 days
NIHILL Grond 2xLP avant Dutch black metal blut aus nord svest deathspell omega USD $29.98 Buy It Now 16 days
CULT OF FIRE Triumvirát LP black metal stargazer blut aus nord watain emperor USD $14.00 Buy It Now 16 days
ANAON Les Rites De Cromlech ORG CD LTD Drakkar 98 Blut aus Nord Aes Dana Belenos USD $17.99 Buy It Now 17 days
BLUT AUS NORD 777 The Desanctification ORG CD DIGI Mutiilation Deathspell Omega USD $19.99 Buy It Now 17 days
Blut Aus Nord - 777-The Desanctification CD 2011 digi black metal France USD $15.95 Buy It Now 17 days
P.H.O.B.O.S. Tectonics CD French industrial doom godflesh blut aus nord Halo NEW USD $8.98 Buy It Now 17 days
Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta Iii - Saturnian Poetry NEW CD Digi USD $16.23 Buy It Now 18 days
Blut Aus Nord - The Candlelight Years Vol. 1 NEW CD USD $17.98 Buy It Now 18 days
Blut Aus Nord - Odinist [CD New] USD $9.88 Buy It Now 18 days
Odinist - Blut Aus Nord (CD Used Very Good) USD $7.88 Buy It Now 18 days
Blut Aus Nord: Odinist - The Destruction of Reason By Illumination CD 2007 NEW USD $10.95 Buy It Now 19 days
Blut Aus Nord: Mort CD 2006 Candlelight USA Records CDL0157CD NEW USD $10.95 Buy It Now 19 days
TERRODROWN Colonize And Regulate CD french industrial black metal blut aus nord USD $11.98 Buy It Now 19 days
Odinist: The Destruction of Reason by Illumination by Blut aus Nord (CD,... USD $12.63 Buy It Now 19 days

More places to buy BLUT AUS NORD music online Buy BLUT AUS NORD & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for BLUT AUS NORD DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)
BLUT AUS NORD has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

BLUT AUS NORD discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

BLUT AUS NORD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.09 | 13 ratings
Ultima Thulée
1995
3.14 | 9 ratings
Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age
1996
2.38 | 12 ratings
The Mystical Beast of Rebellion
2001
4.04 | 18 ratings
The Work Which Transforms God
2003
2.90 | 12 ratings
MoRT
2006
3.79 | 10 ratings
Odinist - The Destruction of Reason by Illumination
2007
1.10 | 2 ratings
Dissociated Human Junction
2007
3.49 | 16 ratings
Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars
2009
3.69 | 13 ratings
777 - Sect(s)
2011
3.76 | 14 ratings
777 - The Desanctification
2011
4.21 | 10 ratings
777 - Cosmosophy
2012
3.88 | 8 ratings
Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
2014

BLUT AUS NORD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

BLUT AUS NORD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

BLUT AUS NORD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

BLUT AUS NORD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

1.00 | 1 ratings
Decorporation...
2004
2.67 | 3 ratings
Thematic Emanation Of Archetypal Multiplicity
2005
2.58 | 5 ratings
What Once Was... Liber I
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
What Once Was... Liber II
2012
3.00 | 1 ratings
What Once Was... Liber III
2013

BLUT AUS NORD Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars by BLUT AUS NORD album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.49 | 16 ratings

BUY
Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars
Blut Aus Nord Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

5 stars 'Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars' - Blut aus Nord (92/100)

The Memoria Vetusta series had made itself out to be a refuge for melody in a career otherwise defined by a calculated ugliness. More often than not, Blut aus Nord has been driven by a cold industrial atmosphere and swirling dissonance. The Work Which Transforms God and MoRT are two of the most jarring albums I've ever heard from any genre. When Blut aus Nord decides to get dark, it is the stuff of nightmares unlike anything else I've heard. Vindsval had already demonstrated his tact with melodic writing on the first pair of albums. Nonetheless, the subsequent extremity that characterized Blut aus Nord made the partial return to melody on MVII: Dialogue with the Stars a total revelation.

It is difficult to write or think about Dialogue with the Stars without feeling total awe for what BaN accomplished here. I'm not even sure I could call it my favourite album of theirs-- that standing's always gone to TWWTG. Surprisingly however, it's this one that's rewarded repeated listening the most. Although the tragic melodies, clearcut riffs and tactful soloing of Fathers of the Icy Age returned on Dialogue with the Stars, it didn't come at any cost to the band's trademark weirdness. The album's first riff, opening up "Disciple's Libration", is a perfect example of this contrast. It's still technically dissonant by most every standard, but unlike the indecipherable murk of other albums, Vindsval channels it in such a way that it's instantly memorable from the first listen onward.

The greatest irony is that Dialogue with the Stars has been Blut aus Nord's biggest "grower" album from my experience of it. Even if there are plenty of earworms and distinct ideas, the song structures have been drawn out accordingly. Despite how ugly it was on the outside, I think there was a certain comfort in knowing an album like MoRT was essentially rhapsodic and meandering; you could sink into the atmosphere without feeling a need to decipher anything. The opposite rings true here. Vindsval carries these massive tracks along with the vision of a progressive rock master. Even if the album's shorter interludes feel a bit superfluous in light of its centrepieces, it doesn't feel like a single moment of the album has been spent frivolously. Blut aus Nord's masterful atmosphere has always been completely unique to my ears. The only thing that ever potentially held me at bay was the fact that there was nothing to grip one's ears upon. Dialogue with the Stars accomplishes that end even better than what I've come to expect from one of my all-time favourite acts.

Some of the most gorgeous exercises in melodic writing I've ever heard in black metal are featured here. "Disciple's Libration" is chock-full of them. "...the Meditant" and especially "Antithesis of the Flesh" make Vindsval out to be just as much a genius in this style as he is with the abrasive industrial stuff. It's kind of mind-blowing to think a trait they're so potentially great with is purposefully underused elsewhere. I think there's a lot of merit in giving each album its own niche. After having listened to their discography obsessively these last couple of weeks, I'm becoming convinced that Blut aus Nord are one of the few black metal bands out there that have written music to suit any mood. Unlike its weaker successor Saturnian Poetry, Dialogue with the Stars does different things without alienating the project's weird foundations.

 Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age by BLUT AUS NORD album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.14 | 9 ratings

BUY
Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age
Blut Aus Nord Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age' - Blut aus Nord (77/100)

The Memoria Vetusta series has become a lot more significant than I think it was first meant to be. I wonder what Vindsval's original idea for it was. Where Dialogue with the Stars and Saturnian Poetry both marked a melodic detour from Blut aus Nord's usual swirling ugliness, Fathers of the Icy Age wasn't really so much of a change from the debut. Things were less over-the-place than they were on Ultima Thulée, but I don't think Memoria Vetusta would be truly defined until this album's sequel a decade later.

That's not to say that Fathers of the Icy Age is anything short of excellence, just that Blut aus Nord's subsequent dive into coldly industrial territory would give their melodic bouts a greater sense of weight. Though it's arguably less ambitious than Ultima Thulée, Vindsval certainly put his late teens towards sharpening himself as one of black metal's strongest composers. Fathers of the Icy Age structurally bears a lot in common with their 2009 masterpiece Dialogue with the Stars, comprised of lengthy, epic pieces with a distinctly melodic bent amid the trademark eeriness. Much like Dialogue with the Stars (itself easily the highlight of this series) I'm impressed and surprised by how well melody is woven into these pieces. Blut aus Nord's guitars have always had a weird, grating edge to them. A lot of the best moments of this album are thanks to Vindsval's ability to amplify the signature weirdness with gorgeous leads and harmony.

Moreso even than the other Memoria Vetusta records, Fathers of the Icy Age has a lot of its success to thank for its highlight moments. Unlike Ultima Thulée, the songwriting all tends to follow a similar course, hopping between tense avant-garde riff builds and grand melodic resolutions. Because there's not a lot of variety in the songs this time around, the best material has a way of rising to the top while the rest suffers a bit. Look to the heartstopping clean vocal finale in "Slaughterday (The Heathen Blood of Ours)" or the tense melodic riffing in "Guardians of the Dark Lake" to get a taste for the best that Fathers of the Icy Age has to offer. "Slaughterday" in particular probably ranks up there with the best tracks this band has ever put out, and like "My Prayer Beyond Ginnungagap" from the album prior, makes me sad that Vindsval never made a more prominent use of his powerful cleans.

Fathers of the Icy Age is another quality album from Blut aus Nord, and while it would still take some good arguing to convince me it deserves mention alongside their very best, it's a feat unto itself that they managed to follow up the masterpiece debut and quite nearly surpass it. In some ways, I think Fathers of the Icy Age at least proved that Blut aus Nord were capable of honing and maturing their craft. Of course, within a few short years they'd be wandering off to their industrial cyber-hell, exchanging the melodic promise for mind-rending ugliness. Even if only as a forebear to Dialogue with the Stars however, Fathers of the Icy Age demands respect.

 MoRT by BLUT AUS NORD album cover Studio Album, 2006
2.90 | 12 ratings

BUY
MoRT
Blut Aus Nord Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Whereas Blut Aus Nord's preceding album to this, The Work Which Transforms God, presented a series of compositions that juxtaposed dark industrial ambient sections with eruptions of black metal fury, here they take their experiment further. On MoRT, just as the distinctions between tracks break down (each reduced to a single chapter in one massive piece), so too does the distinction between the black metal, industrial, and ambient aspects of the group's sound, yielding a unique sonic landscape through which tormented vocals in the style of Tibetan throat singing warble.

It certainly isn't for everyone, and it's no surprise that people have an extreme reaction to it one way or another, but for my money it's one of the most rewarding sonic experiments arising from the black metal scene I have heard.

 Ultima Thulée by BLUT AUS NORD album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.09 | 13 ratings

BUY
Ultima Thulée
Blut Aus Nord Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'Ultima Thulee' - Blut aus Nord (83/100)

If I ever feel I need to put my ego in check, I remind myself that Vindsval wrote and recorded Ultima Thulée when he was fifteen years old. Sure, you don't need to look far to find black metal musicians who got their start when they were incredibly young, but a lot of the young teens mucked about with raw demos, putting out better-developed material once they were older. Vindsval had his rough demo period in his time working under the name Vlad in the years leading up to Ultima Thulée, but by the time of a full-length it's clear he already knew exactly what to do and how to do it.

Ultima Thulée is a painfully underrated and overlooked piece of work. Released in 1995, a year where the Second Wave was finally beginning to die down, Ultima Thulée is a burst of fresh air. Blut aus Nord would evolve into one of black metal's strangest entities in the years following, but even starting out there was already a weird Otherness to the atmosphere. First impressions had me thinking of it as a crunchier-sounding Burzum. Indeed, the fantastical, wintery atmosphere is here (albeit with far chuggier tones than master Varg is wont to use) but Ultima Thulée hints at the band's avant-garde destiny more than most of their fans lead on. Listen to the way "The Son of Hoarfrost" opens up the album with horror film piano before bursting into thick guitars, eerie synths, chattering drums and murky screams. They're not a great deal weirder than early Emperor here, but a lot of their defining traits were onboard from the very start.

That's not to say that Ultima Thulée should be seen as a step to something greater. My appreciation for many debuts often takes the form of admiring how a band go to a certain point, but I won't hesitate in saying Blut aus Nord's genius was already just about in full swing with this one; it just takes a different shape than what most listeners are used to hearing from them. The thick atmosphere is best expressed on "The Plain of Ida", where Vindsval builds amazing riffs beginning under a droning dungeon synth line that would make Burzum weep. Where the song might naturally stop some minutes in, Vindsval tacks on a spacey build that almost nearly recalls Voivod. Although the song titles might make Ultima Thulée out to be a more traditional black metal record, there are all sorts of oddities found in the music. For another example, the plodding riffs on "The Last Journey of Ringhorn" sounds like a death-doom interpretation of what life would be like on an asteroid mining colony. It's strange to hear such a strong sci-fi flavour on an album that's supposedly about Norse mythology. I'm not surprised Blut aus Nord ultimately changed their tune in that regard.

Ultima Thulée is consistently engaging and surprisingly varied in its efforts. I'm not surprised that Blut aus Nord could excel in more "traditional" territory (relatively speaking, at least) but it is incredible that they had their craft nailed from such an early stage. Excellence in youth can sometimes be attributed to luck and simple intuition, but I don't think that was the case for Vindsval. There was real vision behind this album. If you're having any trouble finding it, keep an ear out for the way Ultima Thulée is structured. Like a lot of the best black metal albums from that era, the album can take you on a journey if you let it. Ambient threads like "My Prayer Beyond Ginnungagap" are allowed to take full blossom in the middle of the album. The end result may still be shy of the groundshaking perfection achieved on later albums like The Work Which Transforms God, but Blut aus Nord were out to break rules from the very beginning.

 The Work Which Transforms God by BLUT AUS NORD album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.04 | 18 ratings

BUY
The Work Which Transforms God
Blut Aus Nord Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

5 stars 'The Work Which Transforms God' - Blut aus Nord (96/100)

Blut aus Nord occupy a completely unique space in my mind. Even in light of their copycats, there's not a single group that shares their particular atmosphere. So many black metal bands try to sound "inhuman" with their music, but how many achieve that impression completely? If we were talking about a more traditional kind of black metal or a Darkclone, that inhumanness would be naturally interpreted as that of a demon, or some evil creature besides. Blut aus Nord takes a very different approach to Otherness, and they're all the more chilling for it. Each time I listen to this band, I get the growing sense that this is what black metal would sound like if it were written by a malevolent AI program. The Work Which Transforms God is the best/worst offender in this respect. Experience of this album lends one of the most striking impressions I've ever felt in black metal: This is the work of a completely non-human entity, or at least someone with the genius vision to bring that effect to life.

In many ways, The Work Which Transforms God is Blut aus Nord's defining album. Vindsval has always stuck fairly close to this industrial-laden, dissonant sound, but every album has weighed certain aspects over others. A more recent BaN record, Saturnian Poetry, was incredibly organic-sounding, and only bears resemblance to this in some of the tones and guitar phrasings. Even so, I never think of Blut aus Nord without thinking of the cold, empty pit they dug for themselves on this one. The Work Which Transforms God is almost entirely defined by its atmosphere, an industrial wasteland-variety sparseness that I've never heard brought to such extents anywhere else.

The only other project I can think of that envelops a listener in atmosphere like this is arguably Darkspace: infinitely colder than Darkthrone, vast and simultaneously claustrophobic all at once. In Blut aus Nord's case however, they bolster that tone with rich and disturbing riffs. Unlike Darkspace, many of the tracks here are individually distinctive. The vaguely melodic resolution in "Our Blessed Frozen Cells", the anxious swirl on "The Howling of God", not to mention the apocalyptic industrial dirge come the album's closing track, "Procession of the Dead Clowns"; all these moments and many more felt like a tortured relief from sanity the first time I heard them, and the effect's never worn off.

I know this band gets a lot of comparisons with Deathspell Omega. Fans of one would probably enjoy the other, sure, but that sort of comparison only goes so far in describing the music itself. Deathspell Omega's intellectualized spiritual blasphemies always made it feel like their chaotic murk had a higher purpose to it. Not helped by the fact this album's lyrics (indecipherable in the mix as it is) have never been released, it's difficult for me to think of The Work Which Transforms God as anything other than incredibly nihilistic in its aims. There is no joy in the music here. There have been times I've listened to this album and noticed myself coming out of it feeling miserable and worn-down. Even the revelatory melodic break in "Our Blessed Frozen Cells" lacks catharsis from the mire. Some people will see that negative emotional response as a bad thing. The Work Which Transforms God was never meant for them, if anyone at all. When I consider myself pretty desensitized to feeling something strongly in music, there's a morbid euphoria in hearing something that kills the spirit like this. Are there other black metal albums that drain the spirit from me like this? I can count them on one hand.

The Work Which Transforms God is excellently written and paced. Its genius, however, lies in the way it nurtures the atmosphere in production and execution. Blut aus Nord represents the best use of programmed drums ever heard in metal. Where I usually see "fake" percussion as a necessary evil at best in black metal, Vindsval uses it to his benefit, to the point where I'm not sure the album would be so great over a real kit. The guitar tone is mechanical but full, and despite echoing the timbres of machines so well in the music, it never once feels sterile. The Work Which Transforms God is what happens when an artist plunges deeper into an atmosphere than most others would dare dream of. Appreciating this cold, life-draining atmosphere shall be reserved for an elect few, while all others look on in bafflement.

 Ultima Thulée by BLUT AUS NORD album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.09 | 13 ratings

BUY
Ultima Thulée
Blut Aus Nord Experimental/Post Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars The French black metal band BLUT AUS NORD has always pretty much been the project of Vindsval which began all the way back in 1994 with a couple demos under the Vlad moniker being released, but soon after the name of the project was changed to the grammatically incorrect German phrase meaning "Blood From North." On this debut album Vindsval handles all vocal and guitar duties but he also employs the percussive and keyboard skills of W.D. Feld, so this debut is more or less a duo rather than a solo project. ULTIMA THULÉE (a term that denotes any place beyond the known borders of the world in medieval geography) finds Vindsval and Feld riding the second wave of Norwegian black metal like a gazillion other bands of the era. Before BLUT AUS NORD cemented itself as more of a real band project and before the extremely avant-garde jangly and nightmarish atmospheric dissonance that the band would become famous for, we get a couple of more or less standard second wave black metal releases.

This debut sounds to me a lot like early Enslaved meets Darkthrone with the aggressive guitar delivery complete with blastbeats, gnarly tortured shrieks and muddy lo-fi production with only meagre progressive leanings. The band's knack for atmospheric embellishments also begins here and includes lots of scary keyboards however on this one they haven't quite found their unique niche and sound a lot like early Burzum especially from the "Hvis Lyset Tar Oss" and "Filosofem" era. The album flows fairly well throughout its entirety and despite not dripping in originality is quite competently performed and a decent listen that i personally find appealing. Of course, this album gets overlooked for the very reason of not holding a candle to the more sophisticated developments which begin on "The Mystical Best Of Rebellion" but ULTIMA THULÉE is a solid black metal release that lovers of atmospheric black metal with heavy doses of dark ambient and dungeon synth should check out and is an interesting chapter of this unique band's musical history. 3.5 rounded down

 What Once Was... Liber II by BLUT AUS NORD album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
4.00 | 1 ratings

BUY
What Once Was... Liber II
Blut Aus Nord Experimental/Post Metal

Review by CassandraLeo

— First review of this album —
4 stars The What Once Was series (which shares a name with infamous black metal band Burzum's second album) is self-styled as Blut aus Nord's 'back to basics' series of EPs, intended to throw in some old-school death metal influence into their unusual mix of black metal, industrial, and progressive metal. For all that it's intended to be more primitive, the series still throws the band's signature odd time signatures and dissonance everywhere, and it's still unmistakably the work of Blut aus Nord.

Of the three releases in the series thus far (more are evidently planned), Volume II is probably the strongest. It's also likely to be the most interesting to fans of progressive metal, what with the nine-and-a-half-minute opening track (the longest track on any of these releases to date). The other tracks are quite solid as well, especially the last one, which to my estimation has one of the best riffs on any Blut aus Nord release (right up there with the riff in Memoria Vetusta II's 'The Formless Sphere').

The release still has the odd textures, tremolo picking, blast beats, harsh vocals, and warped dissonance one would expect from any of the band's non-Memoria Vetusta/Ultima Thulee releases, so black metal-phobic fans are forewarned. It may also be difficult for people who don't own a vinyl player to track down a digital recording of this release, because there isn't an official one (although vinyl rips do circulate the internet). But for those who are open to such things, there is quite a bit of enjoyable listening to be found here.

 Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars by BLUT AUS NORD album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.49 | 16 ratings

BUY
Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars
Blut Aus Nord Experimental/Post Metal

Review by CassandraLeo

5 stars The title (indicating that this is a direct sequel to the band's sophomore effort) might suggest that Blut aus Nord was performing a conscious throwback to its early years. And to a rather large extent, that's true. This unquestionably belongs to the melodic black metal genre, and the melodic elements of the songwriting are unquestionably of a piece with the band's early material.

But thirteen years passed in between the release of Memoria Vetusta I and this album, and in that time Blut aus Nord picked up elements of industrial metal, avant-garde metal, progressive metal, and more. This isn't in line with the dissonant material found on albums like The Work Which Transforms God or the first two volumes of the 777 trilogy, but a closer listen to the instrumentation will reveal that a number of the instrumental textures found on those records can also be found here. A closer listen to the songwriting will reveal that this has every bit of the odd time signatures, structural complexity, and general weirdness found in the band's progressive metal works. This may sound like simple melodic black metal on the surface, but it's a lot more than that.

Quite a few fans have singled this recording out as Blut aus Nord's finest work, and it's certainly the one I've gone back to most often. It's in many ways the band's most tuneful release (insofar as anything with harsh vocals overlaying everything can be tuneful), and in some ways it's even a bit relaxing. It doesn't hurt that some of the riffs are utterly killer, either. If you want to get someone into extreme metal, just play them the riff at the end of "The Formless Sphere". I could listen to that riff all day.

This may not be standard progressive metal, but there is a lot here for prog fans who want to dig below the surface, as long as you're willing to dig past the harsh vocals. It may not be the best point of introduction for new listeners to this band who aren't used to black metal; that's probably Cosmosophy, but if you've digested that and are wondering where to go next, I find this to be an excellent next step. The next entry in this series, Saturnian Poetry, has a higher rating on this site (and it's the band's first full-length recording to contain live rather than programmed drums), but for my money they've never topped this record.

 Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age by BLUT AUS NORD album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.14 | 9 ratings

BUY
Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age
Blut Aus Nord Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age" is the 2nd full-length studio album by French black metal act Blut aus Nord. The album was released through Impure Creations Records in 1996. The original version was limited to 1000 copies. The album was re-released by Candlelight Records US division in 2005 with the shortened title "Fathers of the Icy Age".

The music on the album is atmospheric and at times slightly experimental black metal. The vocals are raspy. The use of keyboards in the music really enhances the dark atmosphere and at times provide an epic touch to the tracks. The music is not symphonic though and the keyboards are generally very tastefully placed in the mix and clearly composed to create atmosphere rather than playing a lead role. The tempos in the tracks are mostly mid-paced but there are faster paced parts too. The generally (for black metal) slow pace also helps build the epic atmosphere that is present on the album.

The sound production is raw and a bit lo-fi, but not without charm, and it suits the rawness of the music well. Upon conclusion "Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age" is a good quality atmospheric black metal release and a great follow up to "Ultima Thulée (1995)". The music is intriguing and cleverly composed, the musicianship are solid, and the sound production suits the music, so I´d say a 3.5 star (70%) rating is fair.

 The Work Which Transforms God by BLUT AUS NORD album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.04 | 18 ratings

BUY
The Work Which Transforms God
Blut Aus Nord Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Mingling eerie ambient instrumental sections with brutal traditional black metal and capped off with the doomy epic of Procession of the Dead Clowns, The Work Which Transforms God finds Blut Aus Nord really showing their range. It's sufficiently rooted in black metal that if you don't like the chilly aesthetic of that scene you probably won't enjoy the album, and black metal purists might find the ambient sections boring, but if you're up for a blend of dark ambient and darker metal it's a confident, credible release which sets the scene for further experimentation from Blut Aus Nord later on down the line.
Thanks to The T for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives