Blut Aus Nord
Memoria Vetusta I:Fathers Of The Icy Age


4.5
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Review

by Arrakakaka USER (2 Reviews)
October 20th, 2005 | 45 replies | 15,156 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Has a black metal band ever took the great elements of their influences and turned them into something new? Blut Aus Nord is a beast of itself. A very unique and atmospheric band, changing on every one of their releases (as I own almost all of them, except for the split ones). Blut Aus Nord is a band from the country of France, creating original black metal that we haven't heard in years.

"Whoa. This is strange..", I said as I listened to the ineteresting ambient keyboard/whatever intro to Slaughterday (The Heathen Blood Of Ours). I started to turn up my speakers as it turned to silence, but it cut me off. Oh my balls. The chanting sent me into an almost trance as the instruments blast away with a memorable riff. Surprisingly, the bass is higher in the mix, compared to most black metal and Blut Aus Nord. It doesn't hug the guitar all of the time, it actually plays it's own line sometimes . A new thing for black metal? I dare say, yes. But you should have an ear for bass.

As most black metal albums, the production is comfortablely raw. The guitars are trebly, the drums steady yet plays some odd patterns, and the bass is not too trebly or bassy. My only complaint is that the drums are a little low and sound decent. Another notaceble thing is the vocals. I've never seen such distinct vocals. He almost sounds like his throat is torn to shreds when he painfully lets out a cry of despair, a very painful sounding screech. The folk-esque medival vocals are hauntingly stunning and will leave your jaw drop. There is even haunting Converge-esque spoken vocals. The music isn't all pounding away anyway. Just take a look at the beautiful melodies. Blut Aus Nord has it all, people.

Like most Blut Aus Nord releases, it follows a story. It's almost like a journey to find some.. eh. It's too intracite and hard to follow. Almost like a movie. As the epic 27:41 On The Path Of Wolf... Towards Dwarfhill, progresses we discover that Blut Aus Nord uses layered lead guitar lines :). Every melody, every note, everything is perfectly placed out. The repitition is not excruciating, as a ton of bands are. While Satrycon is urbanizing black metal, a few special bands are keeping it natural and old. These are some of the greatest lyrics in black metal. Including lines such as; "In front of us the vast towers of the Maganst's castle pierced the nocturnal beauty of the starry sky/The rays of the fullmoon enlighted the sinister
gargolyes of stones"
.

I call that some bloody good lyrics. Blut Aus Nord has an atmosphere that I would describe as a 'blizzard of epic porportions". It almost seems like you're swirling around in a vast icy landscape, battling the ones who halt your progress, around in circles, and getting lost. It's such a hard atmosphere to describe, yet such a pleasent one to be in. I've never saw a group balance melody and brutalness that can compare to the later days of Emperor. I concur this to be an essential release for black metallers looking for originality, great riffage, melody, atmosphere, and just everything a genre could possibly fit in.

If I were to reccomend one song, It would be The Territory Of Witches / Guardians Of The Dark Lake. Blut Aus Nord gives it everything that it showcases through this album. A fairly essential album, to me at least. I find it a total aural experience. Beautifully crushing in one to many ways.


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Arrakakaka
October 20th 2005



685 Comments


Dammit. It cut off the rest of my title.

Jawaharal
October 20th 2005



1832 Comments


are all the lyrics typical power metal lyrics?This Message Edited On 10.20.05

Arrakakaka
October 20th 2005



685 Comments


http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/blutausnord/memoriavetusta.html#1This Message Edited On 10.20.05

Shattered_Future
October 20th 2005



1539 Comments


I have this, and still haven't listened to it...its been like 5 months.

This has moved up on my "listen to" list now, even though I deleted the long song to make more room on my ipod

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2005



15727 Comments


Ugh Death Metal. It pains me.

Digging: A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Sea When Absent

Arrakakaka
October 20th 2005



685 Comments


Shettered Furture, you should give it a listen.

I respect your opinion Musicofficial101. Yet it's black metal.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2005



15727 Comments


pardon moi. thank you for not eating me alive (Opinion of metalheads goes up two points)

Arrakakaka
October 20th 2005



685 Comments


No problem

Jawaharal
October 20th 2005



1832 Comments


MusicOfficial, maybe you haven't been exposed to good death metal yet and thats why you don't like the genre.

Arrakakaka
October 20th 2005



685 Comments


I'm curious what Black/Death he's heard too. Not trying to imply the genre on you, I'm just curious.

And the full title is Memoria Vetusta I - Fathers Of The Icy Age.This Message Edited On 10.20.05

masada
October 20th 2005



2733 Comments


When I first saw this on the main page, I thought it said "Blunt Anus Nerd".

Arrakakaka
October 20th 2005



685 Comments


:lol: Nice one. That would be a great name for a grindcore band.

I will be doing more Blut Aus Nord reviews in the near furture. I would like help finishing their catalog on this site.

Oh great. More people negging my reviews for no reason.This Message Edited On 10.21.05

Apathy
October 21st 2005



645 Comments


My band's name is Blunt Anus Nerd, thank you very much. :evil::upset:

Arrakakaka
October 21st 2005



685 Comments


Cool.

Apathy
October 21st 2005



645 Comments


Isn't it? :p Good revew. I strongly detest black metal and all its affiliates, though.

The Gates Of Heaven
October 22nd 2005



6 Comments


A good review, although I am not a fan of this band.

Aakon_Keetreh
January 19th 2006



448 Comments


i really want this
hard to find tho

istaros
June 9th 2008



310 Comments


my favorite album by this band

devouredbymetal
June 13th 2010



516 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Blut Aus Nord is turning out to be one of my favs in black metal....another solid album.

Dryden
June 13th 2010



12928 Comments


u cool



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