|1.||Fifty Forts Along the Rhine|
|2.||Soliloquiy of a Stigmatized Shepard|
|4.||Blood Vaults I: Thy Virginal Malodour|
|5.||Soil of the Incestuous|
|6.||Balnaa-Kheil the Bleak|
|7.||Rain upon the Impure|
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2 Reviews for 'The Ruins of Beverast - Rain upon the Impure''Rain upon the Impure'
Level 999+ for Black Metal!
Prior to listening to this album, I listened to this band's previous effort years and years ago (as a result of being exposed to Nagelfar). After the first listen to that album ("Unlock the Shrine"), I found it a bit overlong and too repetitive, and when I found out that this album is even longer (over 10 minutes longer!) I just ignored it and forgot about this band altogether. This album, along with the album that came after ("Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite") almost oxidized on my computer archives for years!
However; after seeing this name pop up on lots of places (including this website), I decided to give it another shot. Recently I listened to "Unlock the Shrine", and this time I fell in love with how it was different, compared to other German Black Metal albums (and in general), and when I finally listened to "Rain Upon the Impure", I kicked my head for avoiding it! Because it's as stupid as avoiding Filosofem by Burzum, or the first three Taake albums!
For the next 80 minutes, I was geniunely in a trance or something, because I can't remember the first time I listened to this masterpiece (even though it was quite recently!). I've listened to lots of albums with a huge atmosphere, but never had I encountered one that made me fall out of time as good as this.
Compared with the previous album, the production is a massive step down (but in a good way!). The overall sound is much more fuzzy and raw, but this weird "step-down" sound is probably the biggest strength over the previous album, or indeed any album by anyone! (A bit like Burzum's sound transformation from "Det Som Engang Var" towards "Filosofem"!)
As I mentioned before, I don't like most of the overlong atmospheric Black Metal albums of today. They use lots of keyboards to fill the time of the album (much like the old school way of putting filler songs on EPs and calling it an LP!). Those keyboards and ambient parts mostly make an album incredibly annoying and boring. There was some of that on the previous The Ruins of Beverast album (on songs like "God Sent No Sign"). Also, on most modern atmospheric albums, the guitar sound is pretty bright and thin. Yes, this makes an album more accessible, but I never thought of Black Metal as an accessible, enjoyable music for all!
On this album however; yes, there are some ambient and even acoustic parts, but they are used as intervals for the listener's relaxation before throwing him down the deepest, darkest abyss! The guitar sound here is not clean or bright. It's simply the darkest atmosphere ever created by man! Which one do you prefer? The atmosphere of sitting beside a camp fire? Or the atmosphere of the darkest, scariest forest?! If your answer is the first one, then I'm gonna ask you to leave now!
As I briefly mentioned above, the biggest strength of this album is its insane guitar sound and the atmosphere that comes with it, but let's not forget about the other elements which contribute to this insane atmosphere:
The first important factor is the insane vocals. In my opinion, Alexander created a new singing style with this one! Especially with the haunting backing vocals. I've never heard a more spine-chilling voice in my life! Then there's the matter of the drums, and they are as you would expect from the former drummer of Nagelfar! (only more monotone and repetitve). Unlike the previous album, which had lots of fancy cymbal work, on this album he mostly made blast beats with an incredibly low double bass and cymbal mix. The drums here don't pound, but rather hypnotize! This is probably the best piece of drumming in Black Metal history (not Hellhammer from Mayhem you dumbass!).
I can't emphasize on this album's incredible atmosphere well enough. It's really hard to talk about something that can't be described, but can only be felt! If you don't get goosebumps or you don't get hypnotized after hearing the way the first song starts then I would suggest you to not waste your time on this!
Highlights?! Are you fuckin' kiddin me? Highlights only work for albums that have two good songs and a bunch of fillers, not albums that make you fall out of time and place for 80 goddamn minutes! However; there was one moment in my 80 minutes of trance and temporary disability which made me check the title of the song, and that was "Blood Vaults I: Thy Virginal Malodour". What a sound!
Needless to say, I think this guy pushed the envelope to an impossible-to-reach height with this one. I don't agree with many of the ratings on this website, but with this one I have to say BRAVO!
I guess the reason for this album's overlooked status is because of the sudden change of production. People want the same album over and over again, but it's thanks to radical thinkings like this that Black Metal will never die.
Final words: I've listened to lots of albums, from the big names, and from underground heroes, but this one is so far ahead of anything out there (unless there is a hidden gem band in North Korea of course!), even if I lose my interest in this album, I will always appreciate this album for what it is and for the impression it made on the first listen.
P.S. To the admins: I think you guys should think of a way to prevent anyone (including yourselves) from giving 100% ratings to any album other than this! I don't think any album would top this in the next 100 years. And by then, who knows? Maybe humanity would be long down the drain of the abyss!
The Ruins of Beverast - Rain upon the Impure review by Warblackmetal666
I'm going to be honest, this album is good, but it is overrated a lot and, in my personal opinion, it is far from being the best black metal album. I'm going to explain you why I think that.
Firstly, I'm going to talk about the bad points. The album is really repetitive. Even if it's atmospheric Black Metal and it's often a bit repetitive, this is too much. Another bad point, which worsens the previous one, this album is really long. So, we have a repetitive album, which lasts 1h 20. The album quickly become boring, and when it's not repetitive, the music is good, but not that much, I mean, there is nothing special. Another weak point, the riffs are not good. There is one really good riff, and it's the riff on "Fifty Forts Along the Rhine", which in my opinion is the only very good song on the album. So, we have a repetitive album, which is 1h 20 long, and with some totally normal riffs. Honestly, everytime I listen to this album I start to get bored at the middle. That's not normal.
Now, the good points of this album, because this it still has some good points. The strongest point of this album is the voice of Alexander von Meilenwald, the guy who does everything. Another is the ambiance, which is kind of nice, a creepy ambiance, the ones that I like the most. Other than that, the first song is really good, the only really interesting song on this album. And the drums are cool, but they don't really have anything special.
To finish, I will say that this album is good, but not as much as people say. It's a personal opinion, I totally respect people who love it. For me, the best song on the album is "Fifty Forts Along the Rhine", and "Blood Vaults" is kind of cool too. I hope you enjoy it more than me!
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