Review: Blut aus Nord – Hallucinogen
1. Nomos Nebuleam
Date: October 11, 2019
One of the most persistent residents of French underground black metal scene. Never exposed enough to enter into mainstream circles but always achieving to deliver a great or at least very good release into the world. As you were able to see from title, I am talking about mighty Blut aus Nord band.
This year they released their 13th (words: THIRTEENTH) full-length material. How much bands you know that had released that much full-lengths that are mind blowing. Probably only a few in whole music, not just in metal, and especially in black metal. This guys always pushing their ideas forward.
Their music is like a living organism, evolving with every new release which can’t be said for a lot of bands. Every new album of BaN is story for itself, except “777” trilogy. Also we maybe get a third part of “Memoria Vetusta” stories. But for now, let’s sink into “Hallucinogen” album.
This new one has brought us an atmospheric black metal sound filled with avant-garde and even post-rock moments. Don’t get me wrong, all of them are perfectly placed into almost magnificent arrangements. They’re creating almost fifty minutes of really hallucinogenic black metal. Atmosphere which dwell on this one is for me personally way better than on “Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry” and “Deus Salutis Meæ”. That previous two did not fitted good to me.
Guitar work on this one is nearly to thorough magnum opus of the BaN. They will lead your from long riffs and atmospheric moments toward some shall we say savage moments where they are shredding it like madmen. All that is packed into one big complex unity which I am sure will stand the tests of time.
Thorn behind the drum-set made great job on this one. But heck, what to expect from a lad who is in black metal for decades. His parts on this album covering the background space behind guitars and allowing them to make their magic visible.
One specific moment for this album is about vocals. They are not here to tell us the story or origins, their role is to blend-in overall atmosphere and be a homogenic part of it, not a exposed ones. Usually I am not type that will support that kind of work, but in the case of “Hallucinogen” they made it work very well. This is an album which drag you away like a sonant drug into the world of Blut aus Nord.