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The Long March Towards Oblivion - 74%

psychoticnicholai, June 19th, 2017
Written based on this version: 2011, Digital, Eitrin Editions

The Desanctification is the industrial middle spawn of Blut Aus Nord's 777 trilogy. This is where the extremities of the drum patterns and beats are expanded the most upon. Much of the album feels like that of a dirge and it feels like the in-between part of a movement away from one stage of sound towards another, away from the aggression and derangement of Sect(s), but still mired in too much gloom to reach the enlightened, ethereal stages of Cosmosophy. The atmosphere on here is like imagining the esoteric black metal chaos being pressed into a substance and then being slowly refined and built upon to the beat. While not as active as the preceding and succeeding albums in the trilogy, The Desanctification still manages to rend reality to its own beat.

Most of the snaking tremolos that have become signature to Blut aus Nord are scaled back and the blast beats are traded out for break-beats. The drum patterns may sound familiar to fans of Godflesh, or lovers of industrial hip hop music. The grooves are complex, but also give off a very barren, mechanical, foreboding aura, sort of like southern Newport News when it's raining. The dirge that emanates from the guitars often feels in-tune with the beat, and serves to add some bleak life to the pulse of the drum machine. The whole album feels tense and brims with oppressive atmosphere, feeling as though insanity flows just beneath the orderly pulse on the surface of the music. Many of the songs do feel similar, and the medium pace of this does get a little overdrawn, but with atmosphere this infectious and hypnotic, you'd hardly mind. Though it's the most orderly of all the Blut aus Nord albums, it still channels chaos into order while never eliminating the chaos. It drags a bit, but the middle spawn of the 777 trilogy feels oddly satisfying.

The Desanctification is the part of the 777 trilogy meant to show off the industrial aspect of Blut aus Nord's sound. It embodies rhythm and order more than insane technicality and wandering guitar-work. It's Blut aus Nord in its own special fashion. This is a barren, simple sound done right thanks to the infectious miasma surrounding it, and a warped take on the Godflesh school of dirges and beats. Though there's less variety and insanity than the other 777 albums, the atmosphere is chilling and on point and the album as a whole feels unique in its hypnotic marches, like a warped Godflesh with occult connections. If you wanted more of Streetcleaner, but in an otherworldly fashion, The Desanctification delivers.