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Review: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vestuta III: Saturnian Poetry
Blut Aus Nord
Memoria Vestuta III: Saturnian Poetry

Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Year released: 2014
Duration: 48:40
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 9, 2014
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Memoria Vestuta III: Saturnian Poetry

Rated 3.91/5 (78.18%) (11 Votes)

Blut Aus Nord have a long and highly inconsistent history, as they have produced laudable near-classics like their debut album Ultima Thulee, as well as a lot of middling nonsense. I suppose that is to be expected in a discography as long as this band's, as this is their eleventh album in a career that stretches back to 1995. In fact this latest is Memoria Vestuta III, when part one came out in 1996. So this is a band with a long view and that aims for a high mark.

This is more in the vein of the second chapter in the trilogy, with big, rolling arrangements packed with expansive riffs and a lot of layering and shade to the compositions. The songs are long, the vocals are sparse, and the mood is well maintained throughout. I have to say in places this gets a bit too mellow for its own good, and I don't overall find it as involving as part II, though the production is far better. Still, an impressive, powerful album of melodic, intellectual Black Metal, not to be skipped over.

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