This is the seventh full-length album from Blut Aus Nord. It’s a fact that you can never expect what you will listen to, when you get a new album by this French band. This time though, the title prepares us for something closer to their roots, since “Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age” was the band’s second album back in 1996!
Indeed, this album is closer to the band’s most majestic past, but it’s much more than this: it’s at the same time a look back and a step forward. Compared to their last works, it has nothing to do with their ambient experiments, or their “dry” dis-harmonic black metal. Synths and melodic guitars are back, with the screaming vocals being somehow in the background. The album lasts more than an hour with mid-tempo songs, where sorrowful catatonic melodies will haunt your ears. Of course don’t expect a “copy” of “Memoria Vetusta I” recipe. The band is still experimenting and I can see almost a post-rock approach sometimes in the guitars. The production is a bit blur and the band still has an underground sound.
I am sure both older and new fans of the band will welcome this new album. For me “Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue With the Stars” is their best album for many years now and I prefer this sound compared to their last works, which were also brilliant but in a different approach. Despite all the changes and experiments in their music, they managed to retain their personal sound and this time they succeed in composing some excellent and melodic black metal songs. The album is to be released by the end of March by Candlelight Records.
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Originally published on HeavyMetalCosmos