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Release date: 23 February 2009
Style: Atmospheric black metal

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8.3 | 132 votes

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01. Acceptance (Aske)
02. Disciple's Libration (Lost In The Nine Worlds)
03. The Cosmic Echoes Of Non-Matter (Immaterial Voices Of The Fathers)
04. Translucent Body Of Air (Sutta Anapanasati)
05. The Formless Sphere (Beyond The Reason)
06. ...The Meditant (Dialogue With The Stars)
07. The Alcove Of Angels (Vipassana)
08. Antithesis Of The Flesh (...And Then Arises A New Essence)
09. Elevation

Review


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

Guest review by
Slayer666

Rating:
8.2
If you haven't heard of Blut Aus Nord, you're either an Amish person who doesn't use the internet, or you're a goddamn poser who listens to Dimmu Borgir and thinks they are the best black metal band around. I jest, of course, but if you really are into black metal, you owe it to yourself to check out these Frenchies, who happen to be one of the most intriguing bands from the mentioned genre nowadays. This is mostly due to their experimental/industrial releases, a la The Work Which Transforms God or their latest, not yet complete Sects 777 trilogy. However, you'll find that these guys are just as capable of releasing top-notch quality material that falls more into the spectrum of "conventional" rather than genre-breaking, and this album damn well proves it.

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published 08.10.2011 | Comments (15)

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Nocturno-Inculto - 19.02.2011 at 03:23  
Rating: 10 This is a Great album, I fuckin love it!!!!
Destructo - 27.02.2011 at 10:43  
Rating: 8 Probably the most mature album made by the band, in terms of songwriting, vocals, compositions, musicianship.....in short, everything !!! hehehe....
InnerSelf - 01.11.2011 at 20:03  
Rating: 8 I have been going through the discography and reached this yesterday, it is just marvelous. made me realize how much I'm into BaN
Xytraguptor - 14.04.2012 at 20:24  
Rating: 9 Hauntingly beautiful album with some really nice atmospheres.
Carl Berg - 31.08.2012 at 15:22  
Rating: 9 What an amazing piece of art...
Ozman - 31.08.2012 at 15:48  
Rating: 6 Although the execution is good, this such a piece of generic melodic black metal it is unbelievable,. I would rate this as one of BAN's three worst. The other two being MVI and Ultima Thulee. It doesn't even come close in quality to the rest of their brilliant discography.
mz - 17.10.2013 at 03:47  
Rating: 6 This is one of the highest rated BaN records? :|
Ozman - 17.10.2013 at 12:15  
Rating: 6
Written by mz on 17.10.2013 at 03:47

This is one of the highest rated BaN records? :|



yes, just like all generic melodeath gets rated high here, the worst BAN albums get the highest rating (I think Memoria Vetusta I is also rate extremely high) because of their middle of the road generic melodic black metal contents. It's easy listening music for most people so it gets rated highly.
Masonics - 17.10.2013 at 12:40  
Rating: 8 I found the production a bit on the tinnier side of this record, and the vocals are bit muffled. If the production found that perfect balance, the record would have sounded more amazing than it was.
mz - 17.10.2013 at 14:19  
Rating: 6
Written by Ozman on 17.10.2013 at 12:15

Written by mz on 17.10.2013 at 03:47

This is one of the highest rated BaN records? :|



yes, just like all generic melodeath gets rated high here, the worst BAN albums get the highest rating (I think Memoria Vetusta I is also rate extremely high) because of their middle of the road generic melodic black metal contents. It's easy listening music for most people so it gets rated highly.


I am not the type of person who bashes albums and bands because of their melodic/accessible approach but the fact that BaN's greatest quality is pushing the boundaries and not producing well played generic music is undeniable. Without their experimental side, they could well be a band similar to tones of generic bands out there.
Ozman - 17.10.2013 at 14:27  
Rating: 6
Written by mz on 17.10.2013 at 14:19

Written by Ozman on 17.10.2013 at 12:15

Written by mz on 17.10.2013 at 03:47

This is one of the highest rated BaN records? :|



yes, just like all generic melodeath gets rated high here, the worst BAN albums get the highest rating (I think Memoria Vetusta I is also rate extremely high) because of their middle of the road generic melodic black metal contents. It's easy listening music for most people so it gets rated highly.


I am not the type of person who bashes albums and bands because of their melodic/accessible approach but the fact that BaN's greatest quality is pushing the boundaries and not producing well played generic music is undeniable. Without their experimental side, they could well be a band similar to tones of generic bands out there.



there are loads of melodic/accessible and also generic albums I find absolutely great. But BAN's strong points is pushing the boundaries as you say and imo their accessible/melodic/generic stuff is just really average.
Erik M. - 22.10.2013 at 01:06  
Rating: 8
Written by Ozman on 17.10.2013 at 12:15

yes, just like all generic melodeath gets rated high here, the worst BAN albums get the highest rating (I think Memoria Vetusta I is also rate extremely high) because of their middle of the road generic melodic black metal contents. It's easy listening music for most people so it gets rated highly.


Don't know what to say really. I enjoyed this album immensely and wouldn't say this is generic at all. Even though their industrial approach is more original (obviously), it doesn't necessarily mean their melodic approach is average. I know you're aware of this, but I just felt like pointing this out.

But I agree that it's easy-listening music. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily, and definitely not in this case.
Vombatus - 22.10.2013 at 01:24  
Rating: 7 ^This.

Some people look down on the MV albums for the simple reason it is not as original as the industrial stuff. Yet they seem to forget that within the meloblack genre, they are among the best ones ever crafted (MV:I for sure; MV:II not that much though, it's actually my least favorite BaN album ). Both sides of the band are excellent in their own field.

But I still do agree that MS is quite terrible when it comes to ratings, one should never take them as a valid reference unless you fall into the biglabel/proggy/melodeath fan category of metalhead.
!J.O.O.E.! - 22.10.2013 at 01:29  
Rating: 7 I'd still much rather listen to The Eye than BaN's meloblack stuff.

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