Beautiful Brutality Episode #1: Blut Aus Nord’s The Work Which Tranforms God

The work which transforms god coverI’ve been wanting to do this column for some time. The impetus to share the often hard-won insights culled from three years spent delving deeper and deeper into the basement of the popularly-maligned Black Metal subculture of music is just too good to pass up. I’ve had a list of prospective records and bands that deserve to be written about in a somewhat critical manor for months, I just haven’t had the time. Now then, I do and as such I give to you Episode #1 of my new column here on Joup: Beautiful Brutality.

Shawn’s Top 10 Albums of 2012

This is never easy. Despite what naysayers might have you believe about the quality of music and its supposed decline over the past twenty years I maintain (as I always have) that there is so much good, new music out there I could very easily go bankrupt buying it.

The emphasis there is on buying it in a post-pirate world.

Soooooo how hard is it for me to narrow my yearly musical endeavors down to a handful of records? Pretty f”ing hard. Nonetheless, I do it every year and this year is no different. What follows are my ten favorite albums from 2012.

The Cycle is Complete: Blut Aus Nord 777: Cosmosophy is here

image courtesy of metalkingdom.net

Three years ago I would never have believed that I would become as into the fringe elements of Black Metal as I have. I mean, what’s in a genre name or classification – right? Except of course there is always something there. And with Black Metal – the good stuff anyway – the name just sorta fits. No, not an all-African American band that plays metal like one co-worker thought, Black Metal at its best is more about the dark, liquid-obsidian terrors that lurk at the outposts of the human musical experience. And when discussing France’s Blut Aus Nord – quite possibly the most radically inventive band to fall under the banner of the genre (by choice or not) out there – Vindsal and crew have definitely attained something of a mastery of putting every shattered, hopeless and down right frightening atmosphere together into something that transcends any genre or even any inherently musical experience and gives us a sort of transcendental evocation that both grafts onto and extracts lifetimes of human philosophical arcana.

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