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Since it was released 5 years ago, SunnO)))'s Black One simply changed a lot of things about the way we see Metal music. It changed the way Drone is perceived by metalheads, it changed the way Black Metal bands are creating their sound, it changed the way some parts of the Metal scene is perceived by non-Metalheads. Mostly, it ended in the creation of hundreds of Myspace bedroom Drone bands, most of which are still reported missing nowadays.

But it also ended in a curious sub-scene : Drone/Black Metal. With their first full-length, the english band Blut is (like the greek band Lotus Circle) at the right spot between Drone/Doom and Drone/Black.

For the first part, the band is heavy, but keeps the traditional minimalism attributed to Drone/Doom quite at bay. In fact, if it wasn't for the fact that this is an awkward term when speaking of Drone, we could even say that Blut are rather melodic at times.

Still, they are unrelentling in their sonic assaults and you'll find here that 'end of all civilizations' vibe that is the trademark of every good Drone/Doom release. The Drone/Black part of it comes from the incredible darkness of the music (darker than everything released by SunnO))) since 3 : Flight Of The Behemoth) and ritualistic : this reminds me a lot some Black Metal releases like Draco Sit Mihi Dux from Ondskapt, or a less noisy and better done Obscuritatem Advoco Amplectere Me by Abruptum, in the way the band manages to create moods and ambiences that one generally expects to find in any good black mass. Sometimes, in their sludgier moments, Blut sound like a satanic version of Moss (albeit less heavy and more BM oriented).

It's difficult to really point out a stand-out track, as all are quite long and alternating different parts without never sounding boring. This is more an album to listen to like it were constituted of a single track cut in 3 parts.

Some ideas are really good (the eerie keyboards in the 15th minute of And Death Shall Flee From Them) and do a lot to bring even more sickness to an album that was already oozing sulphur and devil-worshipping.

After the huge disappointement that was the last Bunkur album, it is great to see that there is still interesting bands out there that manage to create good blackened Drone/Doom. In a single album, Blut has rekindled my interest for the genre. Fans of crushing and brooding dark music should check them out : this is the music for your montlhy sabbath.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Throne 2 : Throne Ritual
2. And Death Shall Flee From Them
3. Ritual And Ceremony

Duration : Approx. 64 minutes

Visit the Blut bandpage.

Reviewed on 21-07-2010 by Laurent Lignon
Aesthetic Death
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