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On disc: The Ruins Of Beverast

Foulest Semen Of A Sheltered Elite - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars
Blood Vaults - The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer - Lars Bjrn - 8 stars

Blood Vaults - The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer

Blood Vaults - The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer
(Vn Records - 2013)

The 4th album comes from the amazing composer Alexander von Meilenwald who is mostly known from his time with Naglfar. Now Meilenwald does solo projects, and Blood Vaults is a small masterpiece that reaches the whole specter of black metal, showing his thoughts about true black metal. The album will get into your brain most efficient, if you play its 9 songs in a row to get the full atmosphere from the songs, even if some of them are a bit too long, is doesn't matter so much for the full picture. Titles like Apologia, Malefica, Ordeal, Monument etc., a genuine mix of slow and true, ceremonial black metal of damned souls is what you get from Alexander van Meilenwald, The Ruins Of Beverast. Enjoy this dedicated black satanic metal.

8 stars

Lars Bjrn


Foulest Semen Of A Sheltered Elite

Foulest Semen Of A Sheltered Elite
(Vn Records - 2009)

Mastermind Meilenwald presents his latest piece of work - Foulest Semen Of A Sheltered Elite. The former Naglfar drummer is continuing the chosen path and offers a lot of variety on this album, from epic parts with clean vocals to fast black metal attacks with scolding vocals, screams and growls! The songs are very atmospheric, sometimes dark and majestic and at other times almost depressive. The 10+ minutes long opener I Raised This Stone As A Ghastly Memorial and God's Ensanguined Bestiaries will give you an idea what to expect from The Ruins Of Beverast, even if the opener is a slow, monolithic tune. Meilenwald creates dark soundscapes, he gives the songs time to develop. The use of different elements and speeds is always supporting the song. At Kain's Countenance Fell the black metal roots are quite obvious, but combined with doom parts and epic vocals.

Meilenwald presents a very strong album which shows that even in this genre you can create something unique. Everybody who loves the first album of The Ruins Of Beverast should be pleased with Foulest Semen Of A Sheltered Elite. Fans of hyper-fast black metal might not get enough fast parts and might be bored by the doomy stuff.... But give it a try! Open-minded dark metal fans should give it a try, too. Check out: Kain's Countenance Fell and The Restless Mills.

9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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