Thursday, January 7, 2010

Blut Aus Nord: Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue With the Stars (4/5)

Joshua's Top 10 Metal Albums of 2009
#9 of 10

Year: 2009
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Label: Candlelight Records
TRT: 59:56

This French outfit has been around for 15 years, and until recently it was a one man act rather than an actual band.

Regardless, Vindsval and his motley entourage have released seven albums in that amount of time, all of them solid, but also mostly remaining relatively out of the limelight.

Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue With the Stars is no different, it's the band doing what they do best. Cold atmospheric sound-scapes filled with blood freezing screams and spine chilling ferocity.

But what I like the most about their style is the layers and textures underneath the blast beats and banshees, really subtle stuff that you don't necessarily notice at first, but is intrinsic to the whole.

I love multifaceted music that offers even more fulfillment over time.

01 Acceptance (aske)
02 Disciple's 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 The Formless Sphere (Beyond the Reason)
06 ...the Meditant (Dialogue With the Stars)
07 The Alcove of Angels (Vipassana)
08 Antithesis of the Flesh (...and Then Arises a New Essence)
09 Elevation

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