Blut aus nord is the French avant-garde black metal gem active since 1994 in the rise of the second wave of black metal. One of the founders Vindsval was nothing short of a wunderkid, having in mind that their first two classic albums Ultima Thule from 1995 and the majestic Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age from 1996 the guy had about 16-17 years of age while composing these masterpieces.
Bot records can put many black metal acts in those days to shame for the technical songwriting and atmosphere, especially their second effort which today is regarded as a masterpiece.
Then the shift in the bands playing turned for the next decade or so, with The Mystical Beast of Rebellion playing a more drone, industrial metal, very unlike their past efforts and in the eyes of many a lot of steps backwards.
Return to their old sound marked with Memoria II and III with 777 series of albums in between, again with a more industrial/drone sound. It’s almost like we have two separate bands/projects in there. So after 3 years since the excellent Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry we got another album drone album under the name of Deus Salutis Meæ.
Well not really, at least for the black metal fans of Blut aus Nord. On the bright side is possibly their best drone album, which is not telling much, at least not for me. The album is very much in the same vein as the 777 series but the songs are more cohesive, better structured with an even tighter production.
As it is with the bands rich discography, none release is absent of a standout song, even with their weakest ones. The vibe of the album is very consistent and fans of the drone genre will find enjoyment in many songs. Revelatio and Métanoïa definitely come to mind.
Like every Blut aus Nord album is not an easy listen and while the band is very worthy of checking out for fans of a more diverse black metal, I can’t recommend this album unless you dig the drone side of the band.
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