Release date: 6 September 2013
Style: Black metal, Doom metal

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8.1 | 94 votes

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01. Apologia
02. Daemon
03. Malefica
04. Ornaments On Malice
05. Spires, The Wailing City
06. A Failed Exorcism
07. Trial
08. Ordeal
09. Monument

The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album Of 2013

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Alexander Von Meilenwald - all instruments, vocals

Staff review by
Apothecary

Rating:
9.5
For devout fans of black metal, Alexander Von Meilenwald truly needs no introduction. The former drummer of Nagelfar has achieved underground prestige not only with his previous band, but is now well on the way to building up quite the worthy legacy with his one man project The Ruins Of Beverast as well. 2013 sees Meilenwald putting out the monstrous Blood Vaults - The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer, a nearly 80-minute odyssey of black metal and melancholic doom fusion, that takes his creative vision to heights it has arguably never seen before.

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published 30.08.2013 | Comments (107)

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I Like Penguins - 26.04.2013 at 13:37  
Rating: 9 Here's one of the songs off this album.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtkiAfB1oLk
Alex Fenger - 31.07.2013 at 12:59  
Rating: 8 Another song from the album released

Apothecary - 23.08.2013 at 03:27  
Rating: 9 And the third one is now streaming here. This is going to be fucking massive.
Guillero - 28.08.2013 at 12:01  
  http://www.van-records.de/products/en/The-Ruins-of-Beverast-Blood-Vaults-hardcover-digisleeve-CD.html

I'm assuming this is a pre-order, because in the webpage doesn't say nothing.
Neachy - 02.09.2013 at 18:06  
Rating: 8 The blue fellow on the cover of this fantastic album reminds me of the cover of Porcupine Tree's In Absentia.
Alex Fenger - 03.09.2013 at 02:53  
Rating: 8 After one listen I can say I am certainly not disappointed. Not my favorite RoB release, but then again I love all of Von Meilenwald's work. A little less stylistic variation from previous album than I would have liked, but still enough to keep me interested. This will probably get a 9/10 from me, but supplementary listens may decrease my interest. I think I can say with confidence, that this is another win from Von Meilenwald.
Mountain King - 05.09.2013 at 16:26  
  I don't anything about this band and I don't like Black Metal in genetal but the artwork is perfect...
Chobo_jokeR - 07.09.2013 at 02:18  
Rating: 8 I found the album to meander at times, which hurt my overall enjoyment of the album. It may have been about 10 minutes too long with some of the "filler". I'll give it some more listens (i've only listened 3 or 4 times through), as the album may grow a little more. This being said, this is some damn good music. Great atmosphere and sound.
Verdun_sc - 07.09.2013 at 22:22  
Rating: 8 8.5 for me. I rounded up to a 9. Like all Ruins albums, it's not perfect, it meanders at times and such. But for what it is, it's really damn good, and when he knocks it out of the park [as he does on A Failed Exorcism, Malefica, and a couple other tracks here], the results are pretty special.
3rdWorld - 08.09.2013 at 10:24  
  You get exactly what you expect from a TRoB album. Half way through now, Spires The Wailing City really caught my attention. Rest all were equally good solid tracks.
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.09.2013 at 14:30  
Rating: 7
Written by 3rdWorld on 08.09.2013 at 10:24

Spires The Wailing City

Definitely the standout track here (apart from the black metal one, Ordeal I think).
3rdWorld - 08.09.2013 at 23:44  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 08.09.2013 at 14:30

Definitely the standout track here (apart from the black metal one, Ordeal I think).

100% Agreed on that.
Konrad - 10.09.2013 at 16:51  
  Ah, well... here's my take on the damn thing:

http://lastrit.es/reviews/7093/the-ruins-of-beverast-blood-vaults---the-blazing-gospel-of-heinrich-kramer
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.09.2013 at 16:57  
 
Written by Konrad on 10.09.2013 at 16:51

Ah, well... here's my take on the damn thing:

http://lastrit.es/reviews/7093/the-ruins-of-beverast-blood-vaults---the-blazing-gospel-of-heinrich-kramer



how are Sveinn and Von Meilenwald directly involved with Urfaust except that Svenn's Van Records (which Von Meilenwald has had nothing to do with for a long long time) release Urfaust's stuff and Ruins Of Beverast has released one split with them? Musically they are of no influential whatsoever on Urfaust. Maybe I am getting you wrong but when someone says 'directly involved' I Always think of it on a musical level.
LEXru - 11.09.2013 at 13:58  
Rating: 9 Very atmospheric album, I like it.
The Voyager - 12.09.2013 at 22:29  
Rating: 8
Written by Konrad on 10.09.2013 at 16:51

Ah, well... here's my take on the damn thing:

http://lastrit.es/reviews/7093/the-ruins-of-beverast-blood-vaults---the-blazing-gospel-of-heinrich-kramer


You really said very little about the actual album. It was mostly just a history lesson on The Ruins of Beverast. If you're writing a review, you should try to make sure you actually review the album. Also wasn't very professional of you to show such an immense bias towards the band. It's fine with saying you like the music, since that's part of a review, but it was pretty obvious you were just worshiping von Meilenwald the whole time. Just my two cents.
Apothecary - 13.09.2013 at 22:41  
Rating: 9 After listening to this a good number of times, I really can't see why anyone would say it's dull or monotonous. There's quite a large array of emotions throughout it, and along with Unlock The Shrine it might be Von Meilenwald's most atmospheric album yet, if not the most. Also highly melodic and harmonic, like on "Malefica," "A Failed Exorcism," "Trial," and even the middle of "Ornaments On Malice." I can see people being disappointed with Blood Vaults because it's not black metal enough, but still, to deny that it's a fucking excellent piece of work would be pretty ignorant.
MandoMikey - 18.09.2013 at 15:38  
Rating: 7 I love TRoB, really truly madly deeply, but i just dont find this album interesting at all - comes across as pretentious, self indulgent and dull. Its not a bad album by definition, its just ok. too much style, no substance. i say all of this as a huge fan, im rather dissapointed. i will continue to give it my time and listens because i really want to love this album, but for the while, i rly dont.
gnirpz - 28.09.2013 at 18:47  
Rating: 9 That's my first experience with TRoB. Honnestly, I really like the fusionning of the doom and black here. Those two style are growing more and more in me since the beggining of the year so that album appers in the really good timing. I'm probably overrate that record for that reason but overall, it's an excellent one anyway. I like when music brings you a weird felling. the production is well done and the tracks order is awsome. the opening advise you what's coming and the closure Monument confirm you : "Yeah, I'm depressing, I should close the light, light-up a candle, lower the temp"

On the 2013 gnirpz's essentials for sure.
tea[m]ster - 31.10.2013 at 15:53  
Rating: 8 First time listening to this band as well. Not really my kind of thing but the music has some ingredients that appeal to me. Of course you know which ones...
!J.O.O.E.! - 31.10.2013 at 16:56  
Rating: 7
Written by tea[m]ster on 31.10.2013 at 15:53

First time listening to this band as well. Not really my kind of thing but the music has some ingredients that appeal to me. Of course you know which ones...

If by that you mean post-metal then I have to inform you that this album is totally devoid of that particular style
musicalkaratekid - 11.11.2013 at 01:20  
Rating: 9 This is about the most blackened piece of music I've heard all year. It sometimes reminds me of early Candlemass and other times of very early MDB, but with a unique and original twist thanks to those well-orchestrated parts throughout. 'Malefica', 'A failed exorcism' and 'Ordeal' alone made me want to check these guys out more. The closer is a little underwhelming for me, but even then there's a sense of grandiosity and epic overtones.
mz - 15.01.2014 at 18:41  
Rating: 8 Easily my most favorite TRoB album and only album of him I'd be playing regularly in future. This band got better gradually with every release since he is moving into doomier territory continuously. TRoB gets annoying for me during it's faster moments most of the time and I'm glad to see that these moments are minimal here. Not to mention that these moments are a lot more interesting than his earlier stuff.
!J.O.O.E.! - 15.01.2014 at 18:50  
Rating: 7
Written by mz on 15.01.2014 at 18:41

Easily my most favorite TRoB album and only album of him I'd be playing regularly in future. This band got better gradually with every release since he is moving into doomier territory continuously. TRoB gets annoying for me during it's faster moments most of the time and I'm glad to see that these moments are minimal here. Not to mention that there are a lot more interesting than his earlier stuff.

Hell no Aside from the first demo this is by far his least interesting record. Sound is too clean and too empty and the album is lacking in variation compared to earlier records (which always had a great mix of black and doom, whereas this is just doom).
InnerSelf - 15.01.2014 at 18:58  
Rating: 8 Have to agree with Joe here, I still listen to the first three records every once and a while, but I don;t see myself going back to listen to this that often.
mz - 15.01.2014 at 19:16  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 15.01.2014 at 18:50

Hell no Aside from the first demo this is by far his least interesting record. Sound is too clean and too empty and the album is lacking in variation compared to earlier records (which always had a great mix of black and doom, whereas this is just doom).


NAH. I agree that this is less varied than his other albums, but that's a good thing as he dumped those elements I did not like
Moreover, the production is not bad really, it is clear but not "too clear".
One of the worst thing about albums like UtS is drumming. I've noticed that TRoB's fans consider Blood Vaults to have the weakest drumming among all of his albums but I\d go for the exact opposite on this. In addition, BV is the only album of TRoB which justifies its length for me.
I guess I'm getting too weird according to your standards
mz - 15.01.2014 at 19:17  
Rating: 8
Written by InnerSelf on 15.01.2014 at 18:58

Have to agree with Joe here, I still listen to the first three records every once and a while, but I don;t see myself going back to listen to this that often.

I simply fail to see what's so great about those albums.
!J.O.O.E.! - 15.01.2014 at 19:21  
Rating: 7
Written by mz on 15.01.2014 at 19:16

NAH. I agree that this is less varied than his other albums, but that's a good thing as he dumped those elements I did not like
Moreover, the production is not bad really, it is clear but not "too clear".
One of the worst thing about albums like UtS is drumming. I've noticed that TRoB's fans consider Blood Vaults to have the weakest drumming among all of his albums but I\d go for the exact opposite on this. In addition, BV is the only album of TRoB which justifies its length for me.
I guess I'm getting too weird according to your standards

Yeah the drumming here was very simplistic, especially considering the pedigree of von Meilenwald.

And of course, you're a freak for not liking the first three albums
mz - 15.01.2014 at 19:28  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 15.01.2014 at 19:21

Yeah the drumming here was very simplistic, especially considering the pedigree of von Meilenwald.

And of course, you're a freak for not liking the first three albums

would it be blasphemy to say that his drumming on three first records is bad and he is not a good drummer AT ALL?
!J.O.O.E.! - 15.01.2014 at 19:31  
Rating: 7
Written by mz on 15.01.2014 at 19:28


would it be blasphemy to say that his drumming on three first records is bad and he is not a good drummer AT ALL?

Yes
mz - 15.01.2014 at 19:34  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 15.01.2014 at 19:31


Yes


It suits the aesthetic and general theme of black metal pretty well
Pazdzioch - 15.01.2014 at 19:36  
 
Written by mz on 15.01.2014 at 19:28

he is not a good drummer AT ALL

Dude, you're mad.

InnerSelf - 15.01.2014 at 19:39  
Rating: 8 Come on, the atmosphere of debut is near perfect and the songwriting and production are among the best of the genre. The sophomore was weird but once you get past the strange production, the song writing is as good as the debut. The third one balanced the Doom elements with the Black ones and the addition of the clean singing was marvelous.
mz - 15.01.2014 at 19:42  
Rating: 8
Written by Pazdzioch on 15.01.2014 at 19:36

Dude, you're mad.




TNX
I'll check this link ASAP but I'm not going to like if that's anything like UtS.
Troy Killjoy - 15.01.2014 at 22:34  
  I seem to be in the minority here, as this album was one of the worst I bothered listening to last year (couldn't bother to give it more than two chances). The extreme dislike might be related to the expectations I had going in, but I still think objectively this is monotonous and "pretentious", whatever that means to others. The material doesn't justify the length and the songs don't offer a lot in terms of variation.
Mr. Doctor - 15.01.2014 at 22:40  
  I'm quite surprised Joe gave it an 8. I thought he didn't like it much either. I haven't heard much TROB tbh so I can't talk about their stuff.
mz - 15.01.2014 at 22:45  
Rating: 8
Written by InnerSelf on 15.01.2014 at 19:39

Come on, the atmosphere of debut is near perfect and the songwriting and production are among the best of the genre. The sophomore was weird but once you get past the strange production, the song writing is as good as the debut. The third one balanced the Doom elements with the Black ones and the addition of the clean singing was marvelous.

Debut is his least interesting stuff for me. I liked the second album more but as you said, it has a weird production. It is not just loud enough but I like how muddy it is. Third album is much better than previous ones but it's too long for its own good. A few tracks on that album are fucking epic
!J.O.O.E.! - 15.01.2014 at 23:18  
Rating: 7
Written by Mr. Doctor on 15.01.2014 at 22:40

I'm quite surprised Joe gave it an 8. I thought he didn't like it much either. I haven't heard much TROB tbh so I can't talk about their stuff.

More like a 7.5 rounded up. While I find it disappointing as a TRoB record, it's still head and shoulders above most other things similar.
Dark Cornatus - 14.04.2014 at 02:09  
Rating: 9 All i can say is, i love the album. Sure it drags out, but it's just part of it's atmosphere. I relate the effect to Summoning, where it's very repetitive, but it's kind of meant to be. I love Malefica!
Boxcar Willy - 14.04.2014 at 04:36  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.01.2014 at 22:34

I seem to be in the minority here, as this album was one of the worst I bothered listening to last year (couldn't bother to give it more than two chances). The extreme dislike might be related to the expectations I had going in, but I still think objectively this is monotonous and "pretentious", whatever that means to others. The material doesn't justify the length and the songs don't offer a lot in terms of variation.

I'm with you, I won't vote because I haven't even finished the album yet. All hype, no substance.
AV6 - 14.04.2014 at 04:38  
Rating: 9 First I wasn't too sure about this, didn't want to expect too much, but repetitive spins lately have proved it as strong as the former ones.

When I first time heard "Spires, the wailing city", as the rhytmic beat comes in, all I thought was "What is this, Sepultura?"
Troy Killjoy - 14.04.2014 at 04:54  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 14.04.2014 at 04:36
I'm with you, I won't vote because I haven't even finished the album yet. All hype, no substance.

I actually listened to this in its entirety on three separate occasions just to be sure my initial thoughts weren't being affected by my mood, and even got high for one of those listens (because I tend to like everything better when stoned like most people), but even then this is a 5 for me at best. Just way too long and self-indulgent, not nearly enough going on to keep my interest. Might be a bit ironic coming from someone who liked Dodsengel's and Elysian Blaze's lengthy outputs but for me those both stand heads and tails above this. It's too bad, up until now I've really enjoyed The Ruins' discography.
moonflash - 03.06.2014 at 16:39  
  After I listened to their colossal debut, I was posivitely ecstatic about checking out their other releases. So I was quite dissappointed when I listened to this one in its entirety and found myself getting exceedingly bored. It's a good effort nonetheless and I do understand the appeal this brand of blackened doom might have for some people; for me it was only mildy amusing at best. I do like the album art though. Goes really well with the atmosphere of the album.

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