The Ruins Of Beverast
Exuvia


4.5
superb

Review

by Zachary J. Dixon USER (76 Reviews)
May 9th, 2017 | 132 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shedding their former shell.

Ruins of Beverast have come a long way since “Rain Upon the Impure”. The production values, while still very dark and dissonant, are much cleaner than they once were and the band has adopted an even more compositional sound with a bigger variety of influences than they are generally known for. Off of “Exuvia” Ruins of Beverast successfully eschews their shell while casting themselves a new mold with only a faint imprint of the past. Here, tribal chants, wolf howls and even bagpipes are brewing in a melting pot alongside vicious drum patterns, slow, melancholic guitar work and occasional rampant outbursts.

From the very beginning this album exerts its new influences upon the listener, starting with the track “Exuvia”. Immediately we’re greeted with a dark, shamanistic ritual taking place during the track's intro. Winding guitar passages then take precedence until the harrowing closer sees a hybrid of tortured screams and oddly calm cleans, creating a feeling that is immensely unsettling as well as showing a rekindled sense of creative passion. From this creativity stems mystery that draws the listener into a hypnotic trance, and at no point does it ever let go. There is no respite here-no comfort, no beauty or hope in all the discord and melancholy. This doesn’t mean that their isn’t a certain level of peace pervading through the thick hazy fog of pounding drums and howls, however,“Surtur Barbaar Maritime” being a prime example of this. This album is gripping and for the time you are listening to it, nothing else in the world exists. Only Exuvia.

The pinnacle of this record would have to be “The Pythia’s Pale Wolves”. The plaintive sound that this album builds through the whole record is absolutely monolithic and crushing at this point, feeling cataclysmic and suffocating. The track brews slowly and wisely, giving much more power to the high pitched shrieks and yelps that come storming in, instilling a fear that very few records can match . Once it finally does, everything is calm once more as if nothing had ever happened. This is probably the most tortured and disturbing track off this entire record, yet it is equally entrancing. It’s as if every moment beforehand was executed to be a stepping stone to the monster of a track, “The Pythia’s Pale Wolves”. Still, each track is executed near flawlessly. I say near flawlessly because there is one minor drawback this album suffers from, which is just how immense it is. It clocks in at just over 67 minutes while containing only 6 tracks, meaning it requires devotion to sit through the entirety. For those who can manage however, there are great things in store and you will be heavily rewarded. You will be transported into a whole new realm of shamans and warriors and spirits, a world much unlike our own. The ability to cloak the outside world from the listener isn’t one that’s easy to pull off, but here it’s accomplished magnificently.



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Evokaphile
May 9th 2017


4709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn new new Beverast! Thats awesome

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TheBarber
May 9th 2017


3519 Comments


Opener is freakin' fun stuff

Hawks
May 9th 2017


50126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Slays.

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Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
May 9th 2017


5276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just heard the opening track, definitely checking the rest of this out later :] The length's never really been an issue for RoB stuff as far as I'm concerned, so this should be great.

kingdedethefifth
May 9th 2017


3801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah man this shit is just fuckkkk me so good

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2017


656 Comments


Heard this is good, will have to check

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Evokaphile
May 9th 2017


4709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If it was winter id say ill jam it asap, but i pretty much abandon metal once the weather gets nice out so ill queue it up for some time in october probably

kingdedethefifth
May 9th 2017


3801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I mean whatever you want I guess? Lol didn't know metal was seasonal

Totengott
May 9th 2017


4123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, album rules. The album may be long, but I find it easy to listen to it entirely.

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Essence
May 9th 2017


5802 Comments


lots of people listen based on what their mood or atmosphere is, shouldnt be too surprising tbh

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2017


6217 Comments


how does this stack up to their previous two releases dede

Alastor
May 9th 2017


1732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Another great entry in their discog.

kingdedethefifth
May 9th 2017


3801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I never heard blood vaults but it's probably on par with Foulest Semen, maybe a strong step up actually

Totengott
May 9th 2017


4123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Blood Vaults is amazing, Foulest Semen is a bit weak. Both this and Blood Vaults are a lot better.

kingdedethefifth
May 9th 2017


3801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Weak by Ruins standards or just overall?

Totengott
May 9th 2017


4123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ruins standards, it's still quite unique.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2017


6217 Comments


i think the summary "shedding their former shell" can only be used if you've heard the previous album. for all you know, this is identical to the last album, and doesn't shed anything. just saying. a big component of this review is how the album charts new territory for Meilenwald, so the claim doesn't hold much water on that basis. best suggestion would be to listen to that album rn and verify, or axe that element of the review. or have someone you trust who has heard the discog to verify the accuracy of the claim.

kingdedethefifth
May 9th 2017


3801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That's true. I've heard most of their other records, all but their most recent

kingdedethefifth
May 9th 2017


3801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Wait

Disregard what I said but you know what I mean

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2017


6217 Comments


well, no shit lol



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