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Release date: 1996
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Released by Impure Creations Records

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9.7
After a while of listening to nothing but black metal, you probably start feeling bored of the whole thing. The minimalistic, repetitive tremolo riffs, the non-stop blast-beating and the crazy guy screeching undecipherable craze. To this problem, though, there is a solution, or two to be exact. You can stop listening to black metal for a while and then come back when you need your misanthropy fueled, or you can give Blut Aus Nord's Memoria Vetusta I (Fathers Of The Icy Age) a shot. There is a big chance that it will change the way you perceive black metal.

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published 12.04.2012 | Comments (13)

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ErnilEnNaur - 25.02.2011 at 21:58  
  Listened to the first two songs, but couldn't get into it. Too much noise, which disguises the actual melody and makes it difficult to detect songwriting. Sigh...just like so many other early BM albums.
Cryzpin - 09.03.2011 at 12:32  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 25.02.2011 at 21:58

Listened to the first two songs, but couldn't get into it. Too much noise, which disguises the actual melody and makes it difficult to detect songwriting. Sigh...just like so many other early BM albums.

If you are seriously exploring the BM part of the universe, you just can't give up so easily on this great album . It took some 5 or maybe 10 rotations (and some of them while being quietly in the dark) for me to consolidate, embrace and appreciate such inhospitable and mysterious message from the ancient times so to speak. The atmosphere and overall picture this poem conjures up is monumental and creative songwriting is its cornerstone.
Regarding the noise, i think its just the distortion of the guitars, which is even quite decent for BM standards.
Definitely not an avarage BM and not early either, this is imo one of the pinnacles of (at the time) dying second wave of BM.
ErnilEnNaur - 09.03.2011 at 12:46  
 
Written by Cryzpin on 09.03.2011 at 12:32

Written by Guest on 25.02.2011 at 21:58

Listened to the first two songs, but couldn't get into it. Too much noise, which disguises the actual melody and makes it difficult to detect songwriting. Sigh...just like so many other early BM albums.

If you are seriously exploring the BM part of the universe, you just can't give up so easily on this great album


I'm totally into black metal now, after listening to Axioma Ethica Odini. I didn't give up easy and it payed off.
Luneth - 09.03.2011 at 13:09  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 09.03.2011 at 12:46

Written by Cryzpin on 09.03.2011 at 12:32

Written by Guest on 25.02.2011 at 21:58

Listened to the first two songs, but couldn't get into it. Too much noise, which disguises the actual melody and makes it difficult to detect songwriting. Sigh...just like so many other early BM albums.

If you are seriously exploring the BM part of the universe, you just can't give up so easily on this great album


I'm totally into black metal now, after listening to Axioma Ethica Odini. I didn't give up easy and it payed off.


Wow that didn't take long
ErnilEnNaur - 09.03.2011 at 13:12  
 
Written by Luneth on 09.03.2011 at 13:09

Wow that didn't take long


Blame Enslaved for making a genre-breaker: an album that is so great, it sparks an interest in the genre which it represents. Few bands can pull that off.
!J.O.O.E.! - 09.03.2011 at 13:13  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 09.03.2011 at 12:46

I'm totally into black metal now, after listening to Axioma Ethica Odini. I didn't give up easy and it payed off.

If you wanted to get into these guys from a new-to-the-scene black metal perspective I would recommend the sequel to this album, 'Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars' - it's far less abbrasive in guitar tone and concentrates more on melody and is somewhat progressive in nature. Personally I find it a bit on the light side but then that's because I prefer BaN's non-black metal stuff. I reckon you'd like MV II quite a bit.
Cryzpin - 09.03.2011 at 13:17  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 09.03.2011 at 13:12

Written by Luneth on 09.03.2011 at 13:09

Wow that didn't take long


Blame Enslaved for making a genre-breaker: an album that is so great, it sparks an interest in the genre which it represents. Few bands can pull that off.

As you say, i like the term genre-breaker. For me and BM it was At The Heart Of Winter of Immortal some years ago, did you hear that one? Amazing melodic BM with thrashy ingrediences.
ErnilEnNaur - 09.03.2011 at 13:18  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.03.2011 at 13:13

If you wanted to get into these guys from a new-to-the-scene black metal perspective I would recommend the sequel to this album, 'Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars' - it's far less abbrasive in guitar tone and concentrates more on melody and is somewhat progressive in nature. Personally I find it a bit on the light side but then that's because I prefer BaN's non-black metal stuff. I reckon you'd like MV II quite a bit.


Yeah, thanks. I remember listening to a few tracks from MV II a few weeks ago and I liked those a lot more than MV I.
ErnilEnNaur - 09.03.2011 at 13:21  
 
Written by Cryzpin on 09.03.2011 at 13:17

Written by Guest on 09.03.2011 at 13:12

Blame Enslaved for making a genre-breaker: an album that is so great, it sparks an interest in the genre which it represents. Few bands can pull that off.

As you say, i like the term genre-breaker. For me and BM it was At The Heart Of Winter of Immortal some years ago, did you hear that one? Amazing melodic BM with thrashy ingrediences.


That's just one of my cool new terms, another is "synthonic" metal, referring to metal bands that use synthesizers to create a pseudo-symphonic sound-scape that makes songs feel epic, but doesn't take much effort . As for "At The Heart Of Winter", I haven't heard that one quite yet, definitely on my list though.
!J.O.O.E.! - 09.03.2011 at 13:27  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 09.03.2011 at 13:18

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.03.2011 at 13:13

If you wanted to get into these guys from a new-to-the-scene black metal perspective I would recommend the sequel to this album, 'Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars' - it's far less abbrasive in guitar tone and concentrates more on melody and is somewhat progressive in nature. Personally I find it a bit on the light side but then that's because I prefer BaN's non-black metal stuff. I reckon you'd like MV II quite a bit.


Yeah, thanks. I remember listening to a few tracks from MV II a few weeks ago and I liked those a lot more than MV I.

I can only assume you chose this record to listen to because it has the highest score (for some reason). I don't really see why so many people like it and Ultima Thulee to be honest. I reckon MV II would be a good place to go after that Enslaved record, you won't find many black metal records with as much melody (but a bit of an edge) as MV II.

I also doubly recommend 'At The Heart Of Winter' too.
Frost Beast - 27.10.2011 at 13:40  
  Great album. The guitar tone is excellent, the atmosphere is very good and all the riffs are clear. Also proves that leadwork sounds good in black metal.
Erik M. - 10.02.2014 at 22:44  
Rating: 9 Great melodic BM, this album. I enjoy this a whole lot after many spins. Much better than MV II.
MetalButt - 16.03.2014 at 08:00  
Rating: 10 Had this album in my library for years but after hearing it in peace and with the outstanding lyrics i understood the greatness of the album. If you listen to the album for the first time, don't give up by complaining with the heavy distortion and you not being able to hear the song properly. Behind the rawness and the "noise" are one of the best melodies and riffs I've ever heard. And this was the time BAN was pure black metal, personally not a fan of their industrial work. Favorite BAN album.
God Buster 鬼 - 04.06.2014 at 12:10  
  I would call this Post Black Metal rather than Atmospheric black metal as I didn't hear any black and gloomy atmosphere.
moonflash - 24.07.2014 at 23:06  
Rating: 9 This album gets more beautfiul everytime I listen to it. That guitar solo in track 2 is so Floydesque, it hurts. Feels so damn good the paainn.
Erik M. - 06.09.2014 at 16:01  
Rating: 9
Written by God Buster 鬼 on 04.06.2014 at 12:10

I would call this Post Black Metal rather than Atmospheric black metal as I didn't hear any black and gloomy atmosphere.


Where is Lit. with his totally fitting video response?

I'm not that good in recognizing post metal, as I don't listen to it often, but this album is melodic BM without a doubt. If you don't think this is BM then you're clueless about what BM sounds like.
Mary N. - 06.09.2014 at 16:10  
Rating: 6 Is there a claim like this album can be post metal ?
Troy Killjoy - 06.09.2014 at 16:12  
 
Written by Mary N. on 06.09.2014 at 16:10
Is there a claim like this album can be post metal ?

Not until now.
Mary N. - 06.09.2014 at 16:34  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 06.09.2014 at 16:12

Not until now.

Well I asked because of what Erik wrote above, could this album even get close to being post-metal ? Although I have checked it out long time ago, I don't think that I noticed anything post-metal-ish about it.
Troy Killjoy - 06.09.2014 at 16:37  
 
Written by Mary N. on 06.09.2014 at 16:34
Well I asked because of what Erik wrote above...

That was in response to God Buster, who is really in his own world when it comes to genre classifications. I wouldn't read too much into any of his posts, for the sake of your sanity.
Lit. - 06.09.2014 at 21:28  
 
Written by Erik M. on 06.09.2014 at 16:01

Where is Lit. with his totally fitting video response?

Not gonna waste all my video responses on that idiot. I'll save them for people that actually deserve them.
Erik M. - 07.09.2014 at 18:03  
Rating: 9
Written by Mary N. on 06.09.2014 at 16:34

Well I asked because of what Erik wrote above, could this album even get close to being post-metal ? Although I have checked it out long time ago, I don't think that I noticed anything post-metal-ish about it.


Of course this isn't post-metal, not even post BM. It's totally melodic BM and that's it. The guy who said it is post-metal to his ears once again proves he's clueless when it comes to genres (he also thinks 40 Watt Sun's debut is progressive doom metal, so go figure )
Erik M. - 07.09.2014 at 18:04  
Rating: 9
Written by Lit. on 06.09.2014 at 21:28

Not gonna waste all my video responses on that idiot. I'll save them for people that actually deserve them.


Fair enough I guess.

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