Blut Aus Nord
Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue with the Stars
Style: Black Metal
Release date: February 23rd 2009

To the old Blut Aus Nord, the black metal in music is a feeling, and not to be associated with acts of criminality (also often synonyms with trueness); a feeling one can achieve by experimental craft, the latter being the character that many critics or enthusiasts praise the band for.

Blut aus Nord's seventh full-length achievement displays long, highly keyboard-based and melancolic litanies, that after a while get monotonous, cold and expressionless. I hear a band that strives to take its "distances from all other black-metal acts", although still wanting to be a part of the club. I hear a band that persists in sounding 1997 (Emperor, My Dying Bride, Dimmu Borgir at the time), or sounding like themselves in 1997, thus denying evolution.

The musical prowess I hear here and there should be a manifestation of solidity; instead I think BAN, seeking themselves so much, fail to communicate.


01.  Acceptance (Aske)
02. Disciples Libration
 (Lost in the nine Worlds)
03. The cosmic Echoes of non-matter (Immaterial Voices of the Fathers)
04. Translucent Body of Air
 (Sutta Anapanasati)
05. Antithesis of the Flesh
 (...And then arises a new Essence)
06. ....The Meditant
 (Dialogue with the Stars)
07. The Alcove of Angels (Vipassana)
08. The formless Sphere
 (Beyond the Reason)
09. Elevation

Label: Candlelight Records
Provided by: Plastic Head Music
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: LyM
Date: March 2nd 2009