“The darkness always teemed with unexplained sound…” (HPL)
“Nahab” – the second part of the Disharmonium cycle – finds BLUT AUS NORD returning, as if by compulsion, to the Weird nightmarish otherworlds of H.P. Lovecraft to reflect them through a new mirror of terrifying Black Metal lunacy.
Descending into abyssal terrain akin to the twin dark chambers of 2022’s first instalment “Disharmonium – Undreamable Abysses” and companion-piece-of-sorts compilation “Lovecraftian Echoes”, this latest emanation is similarly womb-like, detail-rich, disturbed and transformative.
Musically influenced only by the band’s own extensive oeuvre, in comparison with BAN’s recent Lovecraftian explorations “Nahab” has an increased presence of deranged vocal mania, the eerie dynamics are more fully realised, the band’s unmistakeable melodic power amplified, the guitars – lower slung for extra resonance – flow in tandem with splendidly lurching grooves like some Stygian wooze-tsunami.
In the dead-eyed trance of one demonically summoned, BLUT AUS NORD have once again channelled esoteric folklore and modern violence into another phenomenal slice of outsider art which befits their own Mythos and monstrosity. A Crowning Horror indeed.