01. End 02. The Choir Of The Dead 03. Axis 04. The Fall 05. Metamorphosis 06. The Supreme Abstract 07. Our Blessed Frozen Cells 08. Devilish Essence 09. The Howling Of God 10. Inner Metal Cage 11. Density 12. Procession Of The Dead Clowns 13. Mighty Trust Krusher [Godflesh cover]
Stemming from the brain of twisted genius Vindsval emanates Blut Aus Nord's black metal masterpiece: "The Work Which Transforms God." With such a grandiose album title you'd expect nothing less from the French trio.
Imagine yourself stranded alone in a post-apocalyptic metropolis that's cloaked in a blanket of perpetual darkness and despair, violent storms evoking harrowing winds that crush the dead structures that surround you, all the while you cower pathetically in a tiny hole waiting for your timely death... This is just one of the countless possible nightmares this piece will allow you the displeasure of experiencing. I hate to talk about "atmospheres" when it comes to black metal as it seems a little contrived nowadays but with this album it's unavoidable. So, for the purpose of this review I'll restrict my description to simple, concise words:
This album is ridiculously good, maybe I am not well trained on my Black Metal but personally, in the contrary to most of fans who do not consider BM parts as good as industrial ones I love both BM and industrial/ambient tracks here .
He seems to quite enjoy the Liber EPs though strangely, and apparently loves MV:II, which is the album in BaN's discog I personally would regard as the most overrated as it's just a rehash of an uninteresting and unspectacular meloblack sound with a tiny bit of prog thrown in. I can see why people wouldn't like this one, but calling it overrated is unfair considering it was practically a pioneer in sound and is probably quite influential.
Was listening to this today, and I reminded why the last track + second part of Our Blessed Frozen Cells are the best pieces of music in History. Have no words to describe what they represent...
I can only agree. I've always thought that. Well, for the last few years anyway. I'd add Level 1 (Nothing Is) to those two tracks too. It's kind of sad that there's nothing else quite like those tracks in music.
The bit from 2.16 gives me the same goosebumps as those two tracks on this album.
(great video too)
Chapter V from MoRT approaches it at times too, and some stuff from the 777s probably would if the production on them didn't sound so inferior.
I'd add Level 1 (Nothing Is) to those two tracks too. It's kind of sad that there's nothing else quite like those tracks in music.
Level 1 is one of my favorite songs, but for me it doesn't have quite the same effect though I can see the comparison. The whole EP is much more gloomy sounding than Our Blessed/Procession, that have a much more nostalgic/sad (?) feeling. It's like the creepy leftovers of TWWTG
But yeah, it's quite frustrating that nothing resembles those two songs... I had the feeling that some parts of Cosmosophy were heading in the same direction but not quite the same coz of the cleaner/celestial-like production and guitar tones were just not as good.
An unfathomable/undefinable sonic entity.
Also, clowns scare me to death, especially if they're dead.
Also, Our Blessed Frozen Cells.
Also, that *thing* at 2:31 of Inner Mental Cage... My god, what the hell was that?
Finally got round to listening to this one, The Supreme Abstract is ferocious - to be honest, compared to the rest of it I'm not particularly fond of it.
To be honest, I'm very much an outsider to the whole dissonant extreme metal side of things, but there's some things that work for me, and to be honest in terms of quality and accessibility mixed together, this is a real standout from what I've heard. The industrial side to it really makes it.