Monday, August 15, 2011

The Ruins of Beverast - Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite (2009)

The Ruins of Beverast - Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite (2009, Ván Records)

The Ruins of Beverast are the best black metal project you've been totally neglecting to listen to. You probably downloaded it a while back and it got caught in the deluge of bands you already listen to, and all the other bands you promised a friend from the internet you would check out (but never had any intention to do so.)

I won't bore you by telling you that this record is different (even from TROB's other records) - chances are if you've scoured internet forums you've heard that all too many times about shit you just couldn't care less about. Instead, set aside some time, put on some headphones and jump in blind to Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite.

TROB is the one-man project of Alexander von Meilenwald, known for his drumming in German black metal band Nagelfar and some live drumming for German war metal outfit Truppensturm. Though unlike the two bands mnentioned above, you won't see this project live.

The songs are long, drawn-out, and ooze a sort of occult madness that's hard to describe outside of nightmares. Meilenwald blends his black metal with slow passages which immediately bring diSEMBOWELMENT to mind - creeping and pulsing along through vast cosmic oceans of blackened death. TROB layer chants over ritual drums and layers of creeping rhythm interrupted by epic refrains reminiscent (again) of diSEMBOWELMENT. The effect is not unlike that of a Cronenberg film - images of bodies and machines warped into terrible forms, grinding into shapes unseen. Opened graves, cryptic writings beyond the plane of life, begging themselves into our world in the oriental horrors of tombraiders.

Okay, that might have sounded pretentious, but if I can manage to amuse or confuse you enough, you'll be forced to listen to this record to flesh out these paragraphs for yourself.

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