This is album number three for France’s Blut Aus Nord and the first in a number of years. Something about this album is soulless. It just feels dark and fucking evil. I don’t know if it has something to do with the sound or the feeling but something just doesn’t feel “right” about The Mystical Beast of Rebellion. It’s almost like sitting in a room with a serial killer who is getting his kicks by fucking with your head. For a Black Metal album, that’s a good thing. The guitars on this album are dissonant and churning, like a dense fog or a rough sea. It’s almost hypnotic, in a way. The drum sound is kind of odd, like they glued a quarter or something onto the bass drum to get a strange clicking sound instead of a deeper tone. The snare tone is deep, though. I found it odd that they would do this, but even stranger is the fact that it works for them. The pacing is generally slower and more atmospheric though the atmosphere is generated from the guitars rather than any keyboards. There are brief interludes of weird sounds or dead silence before the music kicks in again which sometimes heightens the tension or just shocks you when things get rolling once again. From what I could figure out, this album is supposed to be a concept piece as the tracks have the same title, just different chapter numbers attached to it. No lyrics are enclosed and the inlay book, while having six pages (not including the cover and the back), is composed mostly of blank, black pages. Strange? Yes. Good? Definitely.
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