This trilogy is some of the darkest shit this band has made, and if you know Blut Aus Nord, you should already know that Blut Aus Nord dips particularly deep into the dark end of things anyway. Some pitch-black-depths-of-the-Earth type of shit.
Trailblazing BLUT AUS NORD is ready to transmit a deadly new virus, injecting the exposed vein with a potent cocktail of dizzying virulence and urban decay. ‘What Once Was...’ constitutes an epitaph for the past; a headstone for the present; and a funeral of the future. With a cheeky sidestep - nodding appreciatively in the direction of old school Death Metal whilst maintaining BLUT AUS NORD’s own trademark take on Black Metal - the French mavericks bare a previously-undisclosed visage. This release will be "Liber 1", the first in a series of intriguing, raw and primitive releases running parallel to their main body of work. But it’s still BLUT AUS NORD! A turbulent excursion along some crumbling, loathsome highway, where every pale, trembling breath is accompanied by the painful reality of existence: a living daymare. Dynamic, multi-textural, barely-controlled bedlam; man and machine in total disarray. Visionary. Redefining. Transcending all boundaries. The storm before the calm. What once was has ceased to be ... as all things shall come to pass ... forever ... nevermore.
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I can’t really do this album, or Wrest’s talent and influence, due justice. I can say that this album is a late discovery for me, and some of my favorite current metal projects are logical extensions of what Wrest has already done. This album is high art; the most painfully beautiful thing you’re likely to hear. Brian3737