Blut Aus Nord
Deus Salutis Meae


3.3
great

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
October 9th, 2017 | 98 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blut Aus Nord create the darkest and most hallucinatory album of the year; a fever-dream of experimental black metal imbued with dozens of influences that traps the band within their own aspirations.

Blut Aus Nord's last album practically wrote its own review. Memoria Vetusta III (Saturnian Poetry) was unabashedly black metal in its purest and unadulterated form, penned by a band whose understanding of the genre could give even the most staunch devotees of the second-wave style a run for their money. It was by the numbers but all together inspiring in surprising ways. In this distilled and rote aesthetic, Blut Aus Nord found perfection. Memoria Vetusta III (Saturnian Poetry) was black metal polished to an unrivaled sheen; a diatribe of the cosmos and nature full of everything that has made black metal so ubiquitous since its inception.

While Blut Aus Nord's prior album was unrepentant in its adherence to genre standards, the band has never been one to stick too long to convention. Deus Salutis Meae is a different sort of beast, even compared to the band’s more experimental outings.


To call Deus Salutis Meae the band's "Deathspell" album would be a little reductive (and in some ways incorrect) but it's definitely an apt knee-jerk reaction to the album's sound. It's incredibly dense and more outwardly aggressive. There's more structure than, say, Paracletus, but an incendiary feeling is shared, giving Deus Salutis Meae a very sinister but tactile sound.

The connections with Deathspell Omega are more anecdotal than anything, as Deus Salutis Meae in a lot of ways calls back to the band's brief love affair of industrial metal. The second track, "Chorea Macchabeorum," for example, has an eerie and chugging spirit that feels like its straight out of a horror-rave scene from some 90s B-movie. Its low-end beats pulsate with deliberation, giving the song a subterranean and hypnotic drive that carries through the album's entirety.

From here, Deus Salutis Meae feels very hallucinatory; a fever-dream coalescing into a hellish nightmare with a choking doom-leaden atmosphere. Ghostly chants and pained screams twist in the foreground to create a very compelling aesthetic, quite different from anything else in the band's catalog. This obscure portrait, with its deliberate and driving pace, feels exhausting at times. There is some implementation of ambience, though, it mostly feels like it is adding to the texture of the music.There are also moments of ethereal intrigue, mostly in the form of interludes. However, it never feels like the the album has any room to breathe, thus, leaving the listener equally breathless.

Deus Salutis Meae, impressively a solo album of sorts, manages to surprise with its multiple layers, incredible production, and unparalleled attention to how the music sounds rather than what it sounds like. It should be noted that within a realm of music where originality is sparsely found, Blut Aus Nord have crafted a unique record. Unfortunately it gets mired in its own ambition. Deus Salutis Meae, for all its intentions, is a messy and confusing listen when digested at once. Separately, the tracks lack the context of the album as a whole. It’s in a strange position, sounding too cohesive but broken when taken apart. As a listening experience it misses some vital marks, but as an experiment for an amazing and storied band, it excels.



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Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2017


819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

They said to wait until mid-October so fingers crossed October 10th counts as mid!

Digging: Godflesh - Post Self

zaruyache
October 9th 2017


17922 Comments


Close enough!

Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2017


3345 Comments


One of your better reviews as of late, I might give this one a squizz

BlackwaterPork
October 10th 2017


1747 Comments


Great review, I’m very eager to hear this

Digging: Desolate Shrine - Deliverance From The Godless Void

Flugmorph
October 10th 2017


17457 Comments


one of those releases i looked forward the most to in 2017

Digging: Converge - The Dusk in Us

EphemeralEternity
October 10th 2017


3003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice rev.

Easily one of Vindsvals most twisted releases, which is saying something

It's like a slightly more structured MoRt with much more potent production.

I agree though, like his more dissonant material it gets lost in its own ambition and ends up as one of those albums that just 'happens' but doesn't really go anywhere, let alone take you with it.

intense
October 10th 2017


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Here you can read a more advanced review:

http://www.nocleansinging.com/2017/09/27/blut-aus-nord-a-review-of-deus-salutis-meae-and-the-premiere-of-apostasis/

EphemeralEternity
October 10th 2017


3003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lmfao

pjorn
October 10th 2017


4249 Comments


that link is a glorified track by track lol

Nazzadan
October 10th 2017


1570 Comments


No Clean Singing more like No Good Writing lol
:DAB:

EphemeralEternity
October 10th 2017


3003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nazz you probably haven't got the knowledge/credentials to understand that review. It's for advanced users only.

Nazzadan
October 10th 2017


1570 Comments


FU*K!
The only thing I have advanced is my IBS, I'm sorry for questioning ur link, Incense!!

kingdedethefifth
October 10th 2017


4253 Comments


" growl in crocodilian ecstasy"
Yeah you're right this is way to advanced for me

Nazzadan
October 10th 2017


1570 Comments


Yeah that line would be better as "howl in alligatorian euphoria"

kingdedethefifth
October 10th 2017


4253 Comments


I also think "shrieks in caiman transcendentalism" would be proper.

Nazzadan
October 10th 2017


1570 Comments


Edit: nevermind!!!!

EphemeralEternity
October 10th 2017


3003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if you do 3-5 weeds it might help u appreciate it

Nazzadan
October 10th 2017


1570 Comments


*takes 3 weeds*
Ah at last, I truly see. Being a child is reading sputnik reviews. But growing up and being an adult is realizing that NCS reviews are actually the far more advanced reviews

EphemeralEternity
October 10th 2017


3003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its a beautiful thing witnessing someone go from nescient rube to woke af

emester
October 10th 2017


8181 Comments


"more advanced review"

What subreddit did you come from



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