The Ruins Of Beverast
Rain Upon The Impure


5.0
classic

Review

by ComeToDaddy USER (46 Reviews)
May 20th, 2014 | 140 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The day heaven laments your failure... With noise of rain lashing down upon the impure.

The Ruins of Beverast is the one-man project of Alexander von Meilenwald’s, the creative driving force behind German black metal band Nagelfar. Leading up to when Nagelfar broke up in 2002, their music progressively became darker and less melodic, embracing a more menacing black metal aesthetic. This style reached it's peak in Meilenwald's most personal album to date, his first solo effort Unlock the Shrine, a claustrophobic exercise in depression dedicated to his friend who passed away 3 years prior to it's release. Continuing on from this release however, his second album Rain Upon the Impure takes a step back and eases the pressure on the listener, giving the listener time to absorb the album while they listen and ultimately leads to his most fulfilled, complete sounding album to date without sacrificing any of the intensity that defined his past releases.

Meilenwald has created an expansive, stylistically diverse behemoth, introducing significantly more ambiance to the mix and often changing styles to funeral doom, giving a sprawling feel to the album. While his previous album felt like slowly being crushed in a small lightless box, Rain Upon the Impure feels like you are the stigmatised shepherd in the second track. Slowly trudging uphill over colourless hills, grey swamps with blackened tree stumps below you in every direction. You aren't being crushed like before, yet the vast blackness around you is infinitely more terrifying. It achieves the same feeling of despair, but does so in a very different manner.

Instrumentally this album is astounding. The production found here does not make it easy to identify each individual instrument. The entire purpose of the production is to bury the instruments together in a murky mix, but whenever the layers are stripped away to lead in or out of an ambient section, you can hear the phenomenal talent he wields his instruments with. The guitars always serve the purpose of the song perfectly, and the drums are diverse, never sticking to one style or overstaying their welcome. The blast-beats are perfect; never sounding repetitive and used sparingly enough to have an impact every time they're used. The most impressive facet of the album, however, is undoubtedly the vocals. Whether it is the vicious cackles of an enemy in war (50 Forts Along the Rhine), the tortured howls of a sinner being punished (Soliloquy of the Stigmatised Shepherd), or simply the standard growls and shrieks found in black metal albums, Meilenwald stands alongside the very best vocalists to be found in the genre.

Lyrically the album is standard fare for black metal, however the subject matter unifies the album extremely well. At it's core, each song is about being punished, wishing for respite but knowing that it is impossible. The feeling of the inevitability of a slow and painful death gives a sinister aura to the album, and even though the lyrics are often indecipherable, this mood pervades the music. This is only exacerbated when the only lyrics you can clearly discern are brooding monastic chants and choral hymns saying things like “we learnt that war has become art” or “when the bread is broken, wounds are nailed into your palms”. Though it is nothing special lyrically, the way the lyrics are implemented and their delivery is phenomenal, and this ensures that this doesn't become a pitfall for an otherwise perfect black metal album.

This album epitomises what black metal should be, desperate, crushing and cold. Rain Upon the Impure will push you through it's eighty minute run time relentlessly, giving you just enough time to catch your breath with it's short ambient sections but never letting you relax, throwing you back in every time you think it's going soft. There is enough variety on display to ensure you are never bored, but it maintains atmosphere perfectly so it still feels coherent. Meilenwald has successfully carried Nagelfar's legacy forward and created the album that everyone said 'could have been' when the band split up. This is a crowning achievement for black metal in the 21st century and a must-have for anybody interested in the genre.



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ComeToDaddy
May 20th 2014


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is basically everything I love about black metal, I'm sure a lot will disagree with how high the rating is but I couldn't give it anything less with how much I've listened to it the past 3 years. Constructive criticism is welcomed and appreciated

brucewayne1411
May 20th 2014


11 Comments


Black metal music is awesome.

Evreaia
May 20th 2014


4864 Comments


great band, great album

ASmallVictory
May 20th 2014


23 Comments


good ass album

Brostep
Emeritus
May 20th 2014


4294 Comments


sweet username if it is indeed a reference to the Aphex Twin album

ComeToDaddy
May 20th 2014


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Was so surprised the username wasn't taken when I tried it out, considering how popular Aphex Twin is around here

mindleviticus
May 20th 2014


9046 Comments


I also love this album

Alastor
May 20th 2014


1671 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Good job mate. This magnificent band needs more attention on this site. Hopefully his latest output will get reviewed soon as well.

RoyalImperialGuard
May 20th 2014


1569 Comments


Album kills.

zaruyache
May 20th 2014


17037 Comments


Just added this to my "things I haven't listened to yet because I'm an idiot" list. Good review.

TaintSmasher
May 20th 2014


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review..spot on description of the production/atmosphere. This and Foulest Semen..are two of my favorite black metal albums

PortalofPerfection
May 20th 2014


1991 Comments


I really want to be into this, but I'm really just not 😕

Even tried his newest and couldn't really get into that either. Might be
trying to feel my way through this sound the wrong way, I don't know. I
can tell there's something special here but it just won't click.

Alastor
May 21st 2014


1671 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Listen to it at night with headphones. Works best for all kinds of atmospheric music.

Wolfhorde
August 24th 2014


15082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Always thought this album was a perfect example of how to do raw production without everything getting really murky.

AnimalsAsSummit
October 3rd 2014


2601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

beautiful all around. this album is a pinnacle of modern bm, but i also am liking all the doom and darkwave influences present. the atmosphere couldn't be more suitable really

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2015


4921 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my favourite BM albums. I really like the doom aesthetic surrounding the record, makes for a really bleak atmosphere.



That said, going for a walk at night listening to this is terrifying.

ComeToDaddy
February 11th 2015


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It really is horrifying if you listen to it at the right time. Even though his new albums are great, I wish he went back to this raw style, he does it perfectly

Alastor
February 12th 2015


1671 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

@ComeToDaddy: I think there was no point for him continuing in the same vein, for he already perfected this style.



Have you ever listened to Elysian Blaze? Blood Geometry is probably the closest you'll get to a Rain Upon The Impure part II.

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2015


4921 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That is, for lack of a better phrase, a fucking amazing album Alastor. Shame you need a couple of hours to listen to it, preferably not doing much. Saying that though, this isn't short.

ComeToDaddy
February 12th 2015


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Haven't heard it, but I'll give it a spin as soon as I have the time if it's anything like this. Cheers for the rec Alastor



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