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MEMORIA VETUSTA I: FATHERS OF THE ICY AGE

Blut Aus Nord

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.10 | 11 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
2 stars Very heavy black metal with a twist.

Richard Wagner left a legacy. One of them is perhaps black metal. At least the type of black metal with a massive sound and some melody. We are not talking about the likes of Immortal and Darkthrone. We are talking about a band like Blut Aus Nord. Richard Wagner's operas and symphonies is perhaps a bigger influence on Blut Aus Nord than the likes of Venom, Bathory and Mayhem. Blut Aus Nord has nothing in common with Venom and not much in common with Bathory and Mayhem either. Welcome to the music Richard Wagner would had written if he was alive today.

This album is the second of Blut Aus Nord's albums and a natural development from the debut album. Blut Aus Nord was still in transit being a decent black metal band to a great black metal band on this album. This album is pretty melodic at places. But most of all; it is crushing heavy. As crushing heavy as you are ever likely to hear. Although there are a lot of influences from the likes of Richard Wagner in their music, this is by no means a black metal opera. It is different from normal black metal, but still black metal. The difference is probably because Blut Aus Nord is from France and not from a Scandinavian country. They therefore have a different take on black metal. The forests has been replaced with European culture like the opera in Paris. The vocals are mostly rasping vocals, but there are also some clear vocals. The instruments are mostly guitars, bass and drums. The usual fare.

The quality is not particular great. It is a transitional album released on a very small label (Impure Creations Records/Velvet Music. Later re-released through the bigger Candlelight label) and that shows. It is still not a bad album and it is worth checking out if you are into this type of music. But I have to give it two stars. Mostly because the songs are not that great. But still.........

2 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |

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