Blut Aus Nord – “Deus Salutis Meae” Album Review (black metal/dark ambient)

Deus Salutis Meae

Black metal legends Blut Aus Nord have returned.  Thus, our offering of their new blackened apocalyptic album, Deus Salutis Meæ due out October 27 on Debemur Morti Productions.

From Debemur Morti Productions:

“Deus Salutis Meæ (“God of my Salvation”) is the truly mesmeric new emission from BLUT AUS NORD, the great Black Metal innovator renowned for disdain toward convention and a murderous relationship with boundaries.  Using frightening alchemy and predatory cruelty, BAN fuses each distinct era of its 23 year existence with innovative readings of cavernous, arcane Death Metal, the occult excesses of outsider Industrial and the abject hauntings of psychotropic Doom.”

The distinctly eerie intro track, “δημιουργός” sets the mood.  A dark, waving ambient tapestry with deep spectral voices weaving in and out presents the feeling of sending of souls to the subterranean depths.  What follows is an extremely heavy, mid-paced but slightly doom-laden track, “Chorea Macchabeorum.”

Before going any further let’s address the drum sound which is one of the predominant things in the mix you’ll notice.  That’s because it’s slightly buried in the mix.  BUT, its done in such away that not only the over-all mood is creepy; it’s almost like a dark industrial sound.  That’s why I liked it.  Black metal bands in the past have had crappy drum sounds for whatever reason; case in point, Goatlord from Darkthrone – but even then they presented a trademark sound.  The fog is thick and the atmosphere is ridiculously haunting (in a good way) leading us further down the path to the rest of the album.

Track 3, “Impius” begins with a double bass and a mix of guitar/synth sound like a category 6 furious and discordant storm.  Vocals lay in the mix like a pissed-off venomous snake.  Thunderous, doom-influenced breaks are basically the eyes of the storm that is this track.  Track 4 is a thick and uncomfortable, creepy drone-like interlude.  Then back we go to the storm that is track 5, “Apostasis.”  This cut might be the pinnacle of the album; again with deep and this black and marginally discordant backdrops, Morbid Angel-like guitar rips and breaks.  Track 6, “Abisme” is another mid-paced doom-influenced track but this time with periodic clean background male voices and either treated guitar or synth strikes.  Therein lies another element of the album; mystery.  At a few select points one might not distinguish between certain synths, guitars and such.  But Deus Salutis Meæ is a great example of why atmosphere is almost always more important than intellectual analysis like you’d have in “math metal.” Anyway, understanding the descriptions of the first six tracks is understanding the dynamics of the other four.

Musically the album is pretty dynamic and never devoid of darkness and fury.  Consider the environmental equivalent a revolving series of storms varying speeds with a constant overcast sky.  I feel that between all those involved with the music, mix and production, there was a common mindfulness of atmosphere/ambiance over technical aspects.  Sometimes that makes an album more enjoyable.

Mysterious.Haunting.At times, vast-at others, claustrophobic. And Apocalyptic. Another dimension for the listener and for the history of these black metal legends.

Deus Salutis Meæ  will be available from Debemur Morti Productions on October 27.  Digipack CD, gatefold 12″ LP, special edition gatefold LP and digital download.  T-shirt and hooded sweatshirts are also up for pre-order.

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