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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.