Fans of this band may recall the first time they heard "The Work Which Transforms God." Recall how thoroughly unsettling and, at times, terrifying the songs on that recording sounded to your virgin ears.... And you thought, perhaps as I did, "Is it even possible to write music that is more evil, more intense, more absolutely #%^*ing METAL than this? I don't think it is..." Oh mais oui, it is.
"777 Sects" may eventually come to be recognized as the "Obscura" of the world of technical, hellish, and artistically elite black metal. Oh, and by the way, this album &%#*ing KILLS.
Blut Aus Nord's music has always been a cut above the rest, stylistically speaking. But their music didn't really attract me until they released "Mystical Beast of Rebellion," a record which I love to this day. Loved "Mort." Loved "Odinist." Loved "Memoria Vetusta II"; despite it being a different direction for this band, I thought it one of the best written metal albums I'd heard, with some truly amazing instrumentation to boot. But despite this, none of the aforementioned releases, in my opinion, could be called the Successor to the astonishing accomplishment that is "The Work Which Transforms God."
Until now. "777" leaves TWWTG enshrined on Hell's bleak borderland and goes deeper, much deeper into the soul-obliterating machinery of total metallic extremity.
More, "777" gives the writing and instrumentation on "MV II" a run for its money. The music truly is that good. And hey, if you hated MV II, but worshipped TWWTG, take heart...
Take heart... and hide it someplace safe, because this album may just rip it out right of your &%#*ing chest.
This is an album of opposites juxtaposed: the recording is chaos and noise, but at the same time it is a triumph of form and style. No, you still cannot understand the dying man with his throat slashed who hisses and shrieks at you. But you can hear every guitar track, every high harmonic, every hellish note bending, every ungodly bass note, every bass drum, every snare, cymbal, and who the funk knows what other strange percussion implements they used - and it is all perfectly in place, all impeccably timed, and metallically elite... just like your favorite Slayer record. Only you may find this band just a wee bit more intense...
I think metal bands like "Axis of Perdition" and "Deathspell Omega" and "Portal" would really like to be able to write music like this, music that sets a new standard in extreme black metal, only they lack sufficient talent. No, it seems only Blut Aus Nord is capable of consistently raising the bar, and they have done so once again with "777 Sects."