The Ruins of Beverast - Rain upon the Impure
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
Length: 1:19:55
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Rain upon the Impure

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Length: 1:19:55

  1. Fifty Forts Along the Rhine
  2. Soliloquiy of a Stigmatized Shepard
  3. Rapture
  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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'The Ruins of Beverast - Rain upon the Impure'
'Rain upon the Impure'

5.0 star rating 100%

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 Unknown 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!

Review for 'The Ruins of Beverast - Rain upon the Impure' by PeaceThroughAnarchy
by Iran PeaceThroughAnarchy on 1st June, 2021
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Bang That Head That Doesn't Bang to Sarcofago.
4.0 star rating 80%

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!


Review for 'The Ruins of Beverast - Rain upon the Impure' by Warblackmetal666
by Quebec Warblackmetal666 on 4th June, 2021
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you can be sure anything released by ván records is going to be amazing

this is amazing stuff right here, never heard anything like this

"How can all this be the product of one man's imagination?"

It's exactly what I thought and keep thinking when I listen this album. Genius.

#4 By Wilbeerthoven (Archived) on
27th Nov, 2012 @ 03:36 UTC

" Black Metal's answer to Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner" Ignorance is a bless! Shit review although i like "Soliloquy of the Stigmatised Sheperd" as well...

#5 By Wilbeerthoven (Archived) on
27th Nov, 2012 @ 16:08 UTC

I hear it all night long and I must say it really deserves to be the #1. Anyway the beginning of the review is still retarded.

I am enjoying this album immensely, this is beyond description indeed

This really paints a vivid picture in my mind while listening to it, far more so than anything else I have listened to within the genre of black metal. The fact that Ruins of Beverast is just one person project really is unbelievable. I'm going to check out other albums by this musician/artist. Alexander Mielenwald? I salute you.

I listened to this album for the first time about a week ago, and I can't seem to stop playing it nonstop. This is some of the most well composed and emotionally draining music I have ever heard.

Actually a fantastic album. But you have to preparew yourself with plenty of ambient black metal in advance, then give this one a few spins.

Only then will you be rewarded. An amazing listen.

Couldn't agree more. There is just something mysterious about this album, his work in general.

Still perfect after hundret times of listening. Really, nothing compares to rain upon the impure. Its atmosphere is unbeatable!

Disappointing and I still can't delve into it completely regardless of how hard I try.

Rain Upon The Impure deserved to be the best black metal album because it simply amazing album from the atmospheric, dark, mysterius feeling and amazing through long journey of a record.
A genius one man project by von Meilenwald.

By the way, what black metal bands or albums do you like Bamahammer and Marcos?

Listening to this was quite the experience. Blown away.

This is my favorite BM album ever, i love everything about this album, the atmosphere, the lyrics, the voice, i don't understand why are people who don't like this masterpiece

Pretty boring album, really. I wouldn't listen to it again. I have no idea where these high ratings come from but don't kid yourselves, this is not the best black metal album, not even close.

Hail! Hail to this album.This album is really monumental behemoth.
Creating a superb atmospheric dimension that make listener enjoying to the end. Rain Upon the Impure is The most eerie album i've ever heard and the best Black Metal Album.

the best black metal album ever ! it creates an intense atmosphere that brings it up to the very crown of all albums

Answer to Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner? I think not. This does not even come close to those composers. Don't be so god damned ignorant.

On this review i went out and got this album and by the 3rd track i was indeed in 'Rapture' bloody brilliant .

Although an un-conventional starter, this was the first black metal album I ever listened to attentively. Its a black abyss in the form of music, and truly one of the most befittingly 'atmospheric' BM albums out there. Its not for everyone, but I do applaud it being chosen as no. 1

This needs a vinyl release, not to sound like a hipster. I want the purest sound for this album.

It has a vinyl release. Look on Discgogs.

Yo, Ruins of Beverast, I'm really happy for you, I'ma let you finish, but Taake has the best album of all time! The best album of all time! Hordalands Doedskvad!

This album will never be topped by any band.

It is A Pure Legendary Album ... No Album Can Ever Be Like This One

#27 By Che Guevara (Archived) on
15th Feb, 2018 @ 21:30 UTC

People here like to overrate this album, don't they?

It's not that good people, calm down.

Best Atmospheric Black Metal Album

This album obviously appeals to a lot of people, and maybe it does deserve to be first in some sort of universe, but I just don't see it.
It's a very impressive album, no doubt about it, but for me personally it just doesn't grab me. In fact, despite the many different movements and moments, I find it all a bit unexciting. I'll make sure I come back to it from time to time though because it's a huge work to unpack.

#30 By titanite shard (Archived) on
7th Mar, 2019 @ 14:29 UTC

Wow it's been awhile since I've visited and impure is still no.1
This is a great album no doubt and I've listened many times but I feel a couple of tracks could have been trimmed so the album length comes in between 40-50 mins.
Nice vocals on this.

Well, one thing to take into consideration is that we haven't rated or reviewed any albums for about 6 years. When we get back in gear, this album might finally be dethroned.

When are yall coming back ? Your ratings are on point, and I doubt this album will be dethroned, but would be nice to see some new albums on the top 100 like Liber Lvcifer from Thy Darkened Shade, that album is 10/10.

Possibly near the end of next year (although I've been saying that for some years). Thanks for your appreciation!

#32 By Titanite Shard (Archived) on
1st Apr, 2019 @ 12:31 UTC

Six years! well that would account for it.
Hey don't get me wrong I'm not saying it does not deserve no.1
I can see why this album is top and it's the best Beverast album by far for me.
It really is a skull crusher and may not be dethroned.

Indeed, it may not :)

Pure darkness falls upon impure lights

Just discovered this website and went to look at the top 100 list and saw this album that i never had heard of before. I just finished it and gotta say that this is one of the best fucking pieces of music i have ever heard. Felt liked the fucking spirit of my body just lifted up in the sky and took away.

I see you.

Balls deep in BBMA comments.

What time do you call this? What ungodly hour claws its way across this miserable plane towards you?

Come on.

Start to finish, now, it's still that good, I promise.

And it always, always will be.

Rain Upon The Impure.


Looking forward to some reviews, this and in general

Don't understand this Hype... Not bad, but a little boring.

Well it’s been about two and a half years since i last visited.

The mighty Impure has finally fallen and by quite some margin. I disagree with the dethroning of this album considering what’s at the top and above it.
Hordalands Doedskvad at no.1 ? ...nah

The vocals on Impure are still some of the best I have heard in black metal. The grimness and evil comes through honest.

Obviously I have many other favourite albums but I get that real sense of dread here and most importantly the vocals are done right.

My only criticism is and I’ve said this before is that it could be trimmed down by 10 - 15 minutes.

But yeah this is still my no.1 album post 90’s era.

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