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Release date: 2003
Style: Industrial black metal

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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 Mental Cage
11. Density
12. Procession Of The Dead Clowns
13. Mighty Trust Krusher [Godflesh cover]

Review


Line-up
Vindsval - vocals, guitar
W.D. Feld - drums, electronics, keyboards
GhÖst - bass

Session musicians
Taysiah - vocals
Nahaim - guitars

Guest review by
!J.O.O.E.!

Rating:
9.5
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:

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published 06.01.2006 | Comments (44)

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esw1026 - 30.05.2012 at 02:22  
Rating: 10 One of my best albums of all time
Góral - 18.02.2013 at 13:38  
Rating: 10 Sometimes I really wanted to hide under the bed while listening this album. I'd recommend this anyone who is looking for a really strong experiences. Frighteningly good.
Boxcar Willy - 24.05.2013 at 05:11  
Rating: 9 Fucking Christ this is the sound of the impending mechanical apocalypse.
mz - 28.05.2013 at 17:40  
Rating: 10 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 .
Erik M. - 19.08.2013 at 17:19  
Rating: 9 Easily one of the sickest and most disturbing albums I've ever listened to. Never heard anything quite like this. Totally unique stuff.
mz - 27.08.2013 at 09:59  
Rating: 10
Written by Erik M. on 19.08.2013 at 17:19

Easily one of the sickest and most disturbing albums I've ever listened to. Never heard anything quite like this. Totally unique stuff.

The odd thing is that I gave this album to some of my friends which are totally not into extreme metal (or metal in general) and they liked this album a lot despite its disturbing and tortured nature.
caligulasremains - 06.10.2013 at 02:48  
Rating: 4 One of the most overrated albums i've ever heard.
Lit. - 06.10.2013 at 03:10  
 
Written by caligulasremains on 06.10.2013 at 02:48

One of the most overrated albums i've ever heard.

Judging by your preferred taste in black metal according to your band list, this band is obviously not for you.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.10.2013 at 14:31  
Rating: 10 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.
Maco - 17.08.2014 at 09:31  
Rating: 9 I'll try this.
Dark†SymphonY - 28.08.2014 at 20:15  
Rating: 9 This album is just amazing, really love the grotesque atmospheric sound. 'Post-apocalyptic' is the best word to describe this and possibly one of the best used in metal IMO.
God Buster 鬼 - 04.09.2014 at 14:19  
Rating: 7 This album is a very compact like eating metal buffet however the 2nd & 5th track brought down the score.
Maco - 10.10.2014 at 20:53  
Rating: 9 I love this.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.10.2014 at 13:44  
Rating: 10
Written by God Buster 鬼 on 04.09.2014 at 14:19

the 2nd track brought down the score.

Shame you feel that way. The Choir Of The Dead is one of BaN's most quintessential dissonant tracks I feel. It's even possible that there was nothing quite like it before it in metal.
Fritillaria - 11.10.2014 at 13:50  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.10.2014 at 13:44

Shame you feel that way. The Choir Of The Dead is one of BaN's most quintessential dissonant tracks I feel. It's even possible that there was nothing quite like it before it in metal.

With whom you try to discuss !
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.10.2014 at 13:52  
Rating: 10
Written by Fritillaria on 11.10.2014 at 13:50

With whom you try to discuss !


*facepalm* for some reason I thought I was quoting God Alone. Oh well, I won't wait for an informed reply then.
Lit. - 11.10.2014 at 18:23  
  For people's benefit, and the hopeful prevention of a deteriorating thread in the presence of God Buster, the cover of Godflesh that appears in the 2013 reissue:



Not too shabby, if I may say so.
God Buster 鬼 - 14.10.2014 at 10:36  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.10.2014 at 13:44

Written by God Buster 鬼 on 04.09.2014 at 14:19

the 2nd track brought down the score.

Shame you feel that way. The Choir Of The Dead is one of BaN's most quintessential dissonant tracks I feel. It's even possible that there was nothing quite like it before it in metal.

Really ? I need to listen to it once again. Thanks for your reminder.
Vombatus - 14.10.2014 at 17:53  
Rating: 9 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...
!J.O.O.E.! - 14.10.2014 at 17:56  
Rating: 10
Written by Vombatus on 14.10.2014 at 17:53

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.
Vombatus - 15.10.2014 at 17:25  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 14.10.2014 at 17:56


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.

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