Released: 2006, Candlelight Records
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
The eerily mysterious soundscape created by France’s Blut Aus Nord first came to me via 2003’s THE WORK WHICH TRANSFORMS GOD. Dark, ambient passages of sonic creepiness bled from my speakers creating such a rich, atmospheric aura of utter hopelessness that it left an indelible mark as a standout release for that year.
Fast-forward to 2006 and Blut Aus Nord has once again envisioned its own view of Hell’s half acre with MORT, an album equally as ponderous and chilling as its predecessor. The music on MORT is subdivided into seven untitled “songs” but for all intents and purposes, this is one long mosaic piece of off-kilter, twisted music that could serve as a film score for a movie like SAW. Vindsval’s vocals are used sparingly and are buried way back in the mix behind the industrial clatter, jangling guitars and programmed samples of who-knows-what.
As is the band’s style, artistic explanations and descriptions are vague, allowing the listener to form his or her own imagery of just what the band is trying to conjure here and even after a half-dozen spins, I’m still left scratching my head. What I do know, though, is that MORT is yet another spellbinding chapter in Blut Aus Nord’s musical career and one that I shall continue to follow closely.