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2.88 | 14 ratings | 4 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Chapter I (6:04)
2. Chapter II (4:44)
3. Chapter III (5:08)
4. Chapter IV (5:41)
5. Chapter V (6:35)
6. Chapter VI (5:01)
7. Chapter VII (6:38)
8. Chapter VIII (7:19)

Total Time 47:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Vindsval / Vocals, Guitars
- W.D. Feld / Drums, Keyboards
- GhÖst / Bass

Releases information

Released on the 23rd of October 2006 by Candlelight Records
"MoRT" stands for "Metamorphosis of Realistic Theories"

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BLUT AUS NORD MoRT ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
Collectors/fans only (21%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)


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Review by Epignosis
2 stars Perhaps the purpose of this album is to frighten rather than entertain. At the risk of sounding trite, I'll just comment that the dissonance, disconcerting atmosphere, and subtle growling would make this a great soundtrack for a gory horror flick. Even if the album succeeds in this regard, it really is almost fifty minutes of the same thing, and despite the track divisions, really functions as one continual piece.

"Chapter I" Murky tones and disquieting echoes make for an unsettling listening experience.

"Chapter II" The second track continues with the gloomy sounds and sludgy sound, maintaining a moderate tempo throughout.

"Chapter III" Once again, a sinister ambience bridges the tracks. This time, the drumming is more rapid, if still subdued in terms of volume, the guitars are an oozing wall of sound, and the lead guitar seems to be playing out of tune.

"Chapter IV" This track is, of course, more of the same, but relies more heavily on snarling yet whispering vocals.

"Chapter V" If modern-day King Crimson played doom metal, it would sound like this, as there is some rather intriguing Robert Fripp-like lead involved. Faintly, some semblance of clean vocals emerge.

"Chapter VI" Distant percussion and droning guitar produce a hypnotic yet simultaneously annoying piece. It evolves (devolves?) into a messy yet steady onslaught of noise and petrifying sounds.

"Chapter VII" An atonal guitar lead runs over blasts of sound, and provides a foundation for some ugly growling. However, it does become something slightly more interesting as it progresses, even though the overall mood doesn't change very much.

"Chapter VIII" The final and longest track opens with more science fiction-like vocals, and predictably, bursts into strident guitars and outlying drums. Unbelievably, it is more horrific than anything that came before.

Review by Prog Sothoth
3 stars One of the more polarizing metal albums I've come across, MoRT is one hell of a dissonant affair that's alternatively punishing and mesmerizing. Far removed from what the band were doing a decade before, Blut Aus Nord aim for a cold industrial tone draped by numerous deranged melodies and inhuman vocals that blend in with the guitar patterns to form an uncomfortable aura.

Unlike the sort of black metal albums that attempt to capture an air of forests in winter and howling winds of the North, MoRT aims for a more urban affair, like the darkest alleyways in the seediest corners of a dark and cold metropolis, and as an atmospheric piece it succeeds. This album is wretched, but quite enthralling. Creepy ambient passages give way to delirious chord and single note guitar patterns that are actually complex and nowhere near easy to reproduce. Sometimes it does sound like musical instruments hemorrhaging, but there will always be eerily beautiful patterns to follow them, while still remaining more than a little askew. "Chapter IV" even boasts an unusually gorgeous solo over these warped riffs that shows awareness and well thought out progressions rather than just unbridled lunacy. "Chapter V" is probably the most well-rounded number, comprising most of this albums best aspects in a single song, with even room for a bit of consonant melody to shake things up.

What will turn off some listeners is the similarities between songs, as the album plays better as an atmospheric whole, which can become tedious or stomach-turning after a while depending on what you had eaten that day. I find the music borderline fascinating as this dreary horrid ride through foggy city streets littered with trash and general dilapidation, but it's certainly not for everyone, as the tempos remain almost plodding, eschewing the more typical frenetic speeds of black metal acts, and the vocals, buried in the mix are hardly decipherable. If the running time were any longer, it would actually begin to be more of an annoyance than a nightmare.

Yet I think it's alright. Not as something I would play all that often, but when the conditions are right this is one strange and chilling journey. Vindsval really went all out here, much to the chagrin of a decent portion of fans of Blut Aus Nord's early work, but to the benefit of nutjobs that can deal with such an odd form of loud music.

Review by Warthur
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.

Latest members reviews

2 stars Now i love atmospheric black metal, and ambiant/ drone, but to be honest i just didnt get this album, i loved the atmosphere for the most of it and got what they were doing there, but to be honest there really was nothing black metal about it, the vocalist just sounded like a sex offender growlin ... (read more)

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