Unlike many bands from Europe's black metal scene, France's Blut aus Nord refute genre clich├ęs in favor of a fluid, idiosyncratic vision of the aesthetic. While they are most often loud, dissonant, intense, and forceful, they can also be also gloomy, haunting, and melodic. Atmosphere is the most important element in their sonic architecture, and they continually employ it by provoking dis-ease through nightmarish, subliminal sounds and messages woven into their compositions. From album to album, Blut aus Nord experiment and evolve through musical research. They utilize anything and everything that will put an idea across, from medieval liturgical music and gothic folk to progressive tenets and industrial electronics. Despite the wide range of textural approaches, Blut aus Nord have always considered themselves a black metal band. Though ...
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