Release date: 14 May 2007
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Industrial black metal

Rating:

7.8 | 53 votes

Owners:

59 have it
4 want it


01. Intro
02. An Element Of Flesh
03. The Sounds Of The Universe
04. Odinist
05. A Few Shreds Of Thoughts
06. Ellipsis
07. Mystic Absolu
08. The Cycle Of The Cycles
09. Outro


Line-up
Vindsval - vocals, guitar
W.D. Feld - drums, electronics, keyboards
GhÖst - bass


Additional info
This album is a departure from the style introduced on MoRT in favor of a sound similar to TWWTG combined with some elements of Vindsval's earlier work.



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Oaken - 30.08.2012 at 20:40  
Rating: 7 Good album, with a very cold and sterile sound. The flow is perfect; it feels as if the songs are linked together in one way or another. The title track is killer with all those oriental melodies and stuff. One guy on Last.FM said "It's Nile playing black metal". I don't agree with him, as that is reserved for Melechesh, but I view this track as a natural evolution in Blut Aus Nord's constant experimentation in all sorts of music. That being said, I find the songs to become samey as the album progresses and I think of "Ellipsis" as a weak track. In overall, I think this is a solid album that showcases Blut Aus Nord's proficiency in the industrial field (That drum machine is spectacular!), but I guess it's weaker than The Work Which Transforms God and the 777 releases.
Oaken - 30.08.2012 at 23:50  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 30.08.2012 at 23:16

In my opinion this was their first boring album.

Not exactly "boring", but it is a bit samey and repetitive. However, its 37 minute length lessens that effect.
Oaken - 31.08.2012 at 00:05  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 30.08.2012 at 23:59

Written by Oaken on 30.08.2012 at 23:50

Not exactly "boring", but it is a bit samey and repetitive. However, its 37 minute length lessens that effect.

Well, when you put nine tracks one after the other, and all of them are a bit samey and repetitive, that doesn't lead to a very good result. And what comes to that almost 37 minutes; for this kind of music it's only bearable if it has offered stuff worth it, whereas this album hasn't offered really anything spectacular. So I take it as short length in order to save the listeners from even more boredom.

Yes I agree, but I guess there are some tracks that stand out, especially the killer title track.
!J.O.O.E.! - 31.08.2012 at 00:24  
Rating: 9 Their first boring album was their first. Then their second, Oh, and their third. This is a great album; BaN doing a more conventional black metal album but making it sound interesting.
Marcel Hubregtse - 31.08.2012 at 00:26  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 31.08.2012 at 00:24

Their first boring album was their first. Then their second, Oh, and their third. This is a great album; BaN doing a more conventional black metal album but making it sound interesting.


Their third is when they started to change for the good although nowhere near the quality of their fourth. The most boring ones are the first two and the their 7th one, my God did they play some generic standard black on those three,
Oaken - 31.08.2012 at 00:32  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 31.08.2012 at 00:24

Their first boring album was their first. Then their second, Oh, and their third. This is a great album; BaN doing a more conventional black metal album but making it sound interesting.

Memoria Vetusta I is boring? To me it's the definition of "epic". So what makes it boring in your opinion?
!J.O.O.E.! - 31.08.2012 at 00:37  
Rating: 9 The third to me just seems dominated by the terrible, monotonous drum machine. It's still better than the first two (and MV:II) of course as they did start trying new things.

MV:I to me is anything but epic. Just standard black metal laced with keyboards for that over-done frostbitten sound.
Oaken - 31.08.2012 at 00:42  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 31.08.2012 at 00:37

MV:I to me is anything but epic. Just standard black metal laced with keyboards for that over-done frostbitten sound.

Well, tastes differ, but IMHO it's Blut Aus Nord's best.
Mr. Doctor - 31.08.2012 at 01:33  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 31.08.2012 at 00:26
Their third is when they started to change for the good although nowhere near the quality of their fourth.


No way, the third is just bad dude... It's like the same friggin song 6 times. I'm not a big fun of their first stuff. It might have been generic but still no way near the snorefest of the third one.

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 31.08.2012 at 00:37
The third to me just seems dominated by the terrible, monotonous drum machine.


Wouldn't blame the drums... I blame the entire album for having the same friggin song 6 times. Urgh. Then again, that feeling IS strong due to the same fast paced drums so you do have a point.
Basically... the third one needed some tempo changes and stuff.
!J.O.O.E.! - 31.08.2012 at 01:40  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 31.08.2012 at 01:33


Wouldn't blame the drums... I blame the entire album for having the same friggin song 6 times. Urgh. Then again, that feeling IS strong due to the same fast paced drums so you do have a point.
Basically... the third one needed some tempo changes and stuff.

The three songs they did for the reissue are great though despite being a bit rough around the edges, totally don't belong on that album. Should have their own EP really (though they're actually long enough for a full length).


(cut from a 19 minute long song)
Mr. Doctor - 31.08.2012 at 01:54  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 31.08.2012 at 01:40
The three songs they did for the reissue are great though despite being a bit rough around the edges, totally don't belong on that album. Should have their own EP really (though they're actually long enough for a full length).


Sounds pretty sweet. They definitely don't have anything to do with the album but I couldn't care less... Now it gives me a reason to buy it not only for the artwork of the reissue which I really dig. Around 37 min... It could have been a nice EP or even a full length able to stand on its own specially compared to The Mystical Beast Of Rebellion and their generic ones.
mz - 01.06.2013 at 11:27  
Rating: 9 Up to now, my least favorite BaN album which seems mostly like a steady flow of "just good" music. Still an enjoyable album
mz - 19.10.2013 at 23:57  
Rating: 9 Enjoying it much more than before. I've undergone a reverse path and learnt to appreciate it by listening to liber series
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.10.2013 at 00:14  
Rating: 9
Written by mz on 19.10.2013 at 23:57

Enjoying it much more than before. I've undergone a reverse path and learnt to appreciate it by listening to liber series

Although it's relatively simple by BaN's standards there's something about it. Many consider it to be a conventionalisation of MoRT's sound as it sounds vaguely similar in a way. Just conventionally structured and more overtly black metal.
mz - 20.10.2013 at 12:41  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 20.10.2013 at 00:14

Written by mz on 19.10.2013 at 23:57

Enjoying it much more than before. I've undergone a reverse path and learnt to appreciate it by listening to liber series

Although it's relatively simple by BaN's standards there's something about it. Many consider it to be a conventionalisation of MoRT's sound as it sounds vaguely similar in a way. Just conventionally structured and more overtly black metal.


indeed. The lack of shock factor was the thing that disappointed my initially as I wanted a more unconventional MorT and this album went on opposite direction. I think that Odinist could get more praise if it was released by another band. It is still very unique outside of BaN's discography
Vombatus - 15.08.2014 at 02:20  
Rating: 8 The riffs on the s/t track are among my favorite of BaN discography (The second one. Starting after the first minute. No words to describe the level of awesomeness. Holy shiiiiiit).
It's a shame the rest of the album isn't on par, even if it's good enough overall maybe a bit too linear.

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