Santa Claus and Death Metal. I really believed in both when I was younger. When I got Venom's Black Metal on Christmas I thought that Santa was the coolest mofo on the planet. And Venom scared the shit out of me. I was sure those guys were the darkest, vilest, most Satanic souls on Earth. Now Santa brings my kid Katy Perry records and Black Metal just seems like a lark. The French multi-instrumentalist behind Blut Aus Nord falls under the black metal moniker, but what a lot of critics are calling black metal these days is really just glorified chamber rock with a lot of chorus guitar effects and lurching rhythms. Many of the riffs on 777- The Desanctification wouldn't be out of place on an Alice In Chains record. However, the band does nail the mystical metal angle while naming every song "Epitome", with a roman numeral. "Epitome XII" is an effective instrumental that combines an ominous arching chord progression over an other-worldly backing chorus that calls to mind a laborious climb up celestial steps to Purgatory. The problem with Blut Aus Nord is that each track lumbers along with no clear direction or inspiration. Isn't the Devil's music supposed to have a point, or at least horns?
Buy this record if Catholic guilt is causing you to give up Christmas cookies.