BLUT AUS NORD
"...A shadowy group who seamlessly blends synthy ambience with a relentless, yet interestingly controlled black metal assault. Seasick guitar riffs, plodding, often midtempo drums, and vocalist Vindsval's vile black metal rasp (and occasional operatic chant) meet up in an unholy union of strangely structured songs that are at once hallucinatory, majestic, and beautiful. Blut Aus Nord possess a unique, cyclical style of songwriting, and […] seem to exist as esoteric and surreal dream worlds, and the band's intense, psychedelic approach isn't as much furious as it is contemplative." –Aquarius Records
Simply put, Mort is the most misunderstood album by one of the most underrated band ever. Period. Carving out the scariest textures since Lustmord's Heresy or early Current 93, with embedded guitar work that seems more akin to free jazz than metal. With every listen to a BAN record, the listener is guaranteed to stumble upon another nuance that hadn't been heard before. Mort was largely overlooked due to its birth in the shadow of its preceding masterpiece The Work Which Transforms God. If innovation is any measure of success, one could not achieve much more than what is found on this dark opus, making its vinyl reissue a perfect installment in the Handmade Birds Dark Icons Series.