Genre: Black Metal
Country: France
Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Year: 2017

Few bands dare to compare with the titanic entity that is Blut Aus Nord, one of the strongest and most compelling acts ever to rise on the surface of black metal. Almost twenty five years of activity, numerous releases and a heavy hitting, personal sound make them hard to digest but totally intimidating when deciding to deal with any record they have released, even their musically softer ones. “Deus Salutis Meæ” is the latest offering through no other than brother label Debemur Morti, after a solid split release with Ævangelist in 2016.

Blut Aus Nord have dug and opened way for various soundscapes in their years, always maintaining a style within black metal, but very personal as a rule. The dissonance introduced in the early 00’s by the band was something unheard of back then and it established them and their ideologic stronghold in the scene. The new album could be in the same family as Vindsval’s albums released from 2000 to 2006. It’s sound is thick and stressing, backed by terrorizing riffs that go both fast and slow, while the vocals range from growls to schizophrenic screams, bringing serious discomfort to the listener.

The sound of the drums helps a lot the overall result, which is quite nightmarish and makes the case for Blut Aus Nord very well. It’s a recipe he has tried before and at times in the past, it worked so masterfully the Earth’s rotation changed a bit. However, it is not one of the band’s brightest moments, to say the least. While at first listen “Deus SalutisMeæ” sounds quite promising, it certainly doesn’t reach the heights it is able to reach, in terms of flow or compositional quality.

Hints of Vindsval’s talent can be seen in tracks like “Chorea Macchabeorum” and “Ex tenebraelucis”, which balance perfectly the great melodies with the painful vocals, they are quite addictive and might contain moments you will remember after the completion of the record. But that’s about it. The same idea is followed everywhere but often, the tracks lack the consistency needed to get such a demanding record. “Abisme”, “Impius” and “Métanoïa” all have the same issues of not that efficient songwriting, which mostly relies in the super heavy atmosphere around. Hopefully, the record is not that long, but again it’s not as if all the material presented here would fit in a full length album.

The dark ambient / noise interludes, introduction and so on, are also just one minute tracks with hardly any divergence. If you’re hoping for a speedier BaN track, you’ll get the beginning of “Revelatio”, but again, it isn’t as good as we had wished. As a totally free project, it is known by now that they produce material from the heart without any interference, so it’s only logical that not everyone will always be on the same page.

As for me, I think the three albums that constitute the Memoria Vetusta series, are the best by Blut Aus Nord. In “Deus Salutis Meæ”, you will get a record in the spirit of what was happening before 777, but it won’t be high in your choices when choosing to listen to the band. Not except a couple of tracks, at least. Remember, its Blut Aus Nord we’re talking about, the kind of project that even when the album is bad, it’s not a waste of your time, so this new album is not to be nailed to a wall, even though it partially aches.

3,5/6