Blut Aus Nord Premiere “Paein”

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This one should get just about everyone excited.

Blut Aus Nord‘s Memoria Vetusta series kicked off way back in 1996 with Fathers of the Icy Age and continued in 2009 with Dialogue with the Stars. Since then, fans have been waiting for the next chapter. You might remember Howard Dean foaming at the mouth over the album announcement, the very generous album teaser, and Necrolord’s killer art a few weeks back. There was so much mouth-foam… but its abundance was warranted.

Where did Howard Dean’s enthusiasm lead him, you ask? In a ravishing display of just what can happen when you follow your dreams and are handsome, he scored a promo copy of the new album from Debemur Morti, and is currently preparing an in-advance review for you all. So keep your eyes out for that and be more like him! In the meantime, here’s some new news and new music.

First, take a look at this shit:

Preorder

Don’t you just really want all that? You can officially preorder a number of different packages (or all of the different packages) right here. Break out your Oreos or whatever they use for currency over there.

Lastly, and most importantly, you need to hear this new song they premiered yesterday. It’s the second song on the album, preluded only by “Prelude.”

There seems to be some sort of confusion on the matter, so I’ll use this song to help clear it up. This is good music.

Here (as somewhat expected in a continuation of the Memoria Vetusta saga) BAN have shelved some of their more avante-garde tendencies in order to focus purely on majestic-as-fuck black metal. In “Paein” we hear that clean-singing/chanting from the teaser in context and it sounds stellar. It’s also chock-full of proof that, even after 20 years, these guys are still writing the most memorable melodies in the genre.

Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry will be released on October 10th. Who among you is excited? What did you think of this track?

  • As a huge Ultima Thulee fan, this song makes me very happy

    • Edward Meehan

      I’m waiting to listen to it until I can hear the whole album, it’s a little bit… painful.

      • It sounds like a better Drudkh (!!!!) with better production

  • That is a beautiful package (not yours, the album’s). I wasn’t sure about the first few songs, but it won me over by the end.

    On another note, the new Black Crown Initiate might be my album of the year. The song Withering Waves makes me want to set it up in an apartment across town and start a secret, second family with it; I will come over during the week, and we’ll eat pie together.

    • God

      Masterlord does have a wonderful package.

    • Stockhausen

      I agree on the BCI front, that thing is a majestic monster. The Fractured One, Withering Waves, Malignant, Purge, so many awesome tunes. And Linear is so friggin’ catchy.

    • Be sure to check the site in about one hour and three minutes!

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      The new Electric Wizard album is already my album of the year after having streamed it. My god that was amazing.

      • Haven’t heard that one yet–I’ll have to check it out.

      • Howard Dean

        I wasn’t overly impressed with the samples I heard (I believe it was Sadio-Witch). I wish EW would drop the “70’s throwback fuzzy drug retro ghost sound” bullshit, and just go back to making the heaviest fucking doom on planet earth.

        • W.

          I’m ready for the retro fad to be over.

          • Howard Dean

            Seconded. Only a few bands can do it well and in an interesting fashion (Blood Lust by Uncle Acid comes to mind), but it’s just getting so overdone and boring. Just write some fucking monster riffs and doom the way it should be done. Electric Wizard used to be one of the heaviest bands on the planet. I think they just got burnt out (literally and figuratively), and when the original lineup fractured, Jus Oborn got lazy and decided he had time traveled to 1975. It’s just too bad.

  • Spear

    God damn. Hadn’t listened to these guys before now, but I’m two minutes in and I’ve got it preordered.

    • My friend, you are missing great things https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7ocRBxsntY

      • Spear

        I’ll be jamming the hell out of this when I’m out of class.

      • Cock ov Steele

        That was a great thing and I’m kicking myself for having missed it.

      • Edward Meehan

        I was looking for the full The Work Which Transforms God but it wasn’t on Youtube, like, also, this:

      • Listening to this now for the first time.
        Holy. Shit.

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    “Have you been listening to anything STIMULATING as of late?”

    “Why yes, the latest from Blut Aus Nord-Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN5EZwanClY

  • As someone who is just now discovering BAN (but loving what I’ve heard from this new record) where should I start when I go to their older releases?

    • Doctor Dickless

      Ultima Thulee is a pretty good place to start. Also a side project of the guy behind Blut Aus Nord called The Eye made a pretty similiar album in stlye, which is a good one.

      • I guess it seems like everyone is all over Ultima Thulee and the Memoria Vestusta series. Thanks! I’ll get right on this stuff (and The Eye, as well)!

        • Doctor Dickless

          Have you dabbled into their more industrial sounding stuff yet?

          • I gave MoRT some of my time, but I wasn’t feeling it like I feel the two tracks from this new record. Is that what you would consider their more industrial sound?

          • Doctor Dickless

            MoRT is part of their industrial stuff. The Work Which Transforms God is in my opinion their best album and one their earlier industrial influenced albums. Also their 777 trilogy was pretty darn good.

          • Looks like I’ve got my homework for the weekend. I love discovering new (to me) bands that have a significant amount of material to go back and listen to!

          • Edward Meehan

            I also enjoy that immensely.

          • Scrimm

            I didn’t really care from what I heard from Sects. Haven’t heard the most recent before this new one.

          • Doctor Dickless

            It was less black metal than most of their stuff. It had some clean vocals in it. I liked it.

          • Scrimm

            I didn’t dislike it, just didn’t stick with me. To be fair I did not spend a lot of time with it. The last one I really gave my attention to was Dialogue With The Stars.

          • Edward Meehan

            I listened to all three albums from the 777 Trilogy in one sitting, lol.

          • Doctor Dickless

            I remember tht you told about it. It’s an admirable feat.

          • Edward Meehan

            It was certainly a test of my endurance.

          • Doctor Dickless

            Now listen to the three newer Swans albums in one sitting. That should do things to your mind,

          • Edward Meehan

            Ha! It would only take about five hours.

          • Tyree

            777 – Cosmosophy was my most played album of 2012. Fucking so great.

          • Edward Meehan

            One of mine that year was Cobalt’s Gin, even though it was released in 2009. Eater Of Birds is underrated by the way. Everyone is all like, Gin, Gin! Eater of Birds is tight too.

          • Tyree

            Evoken – Atra Mors was another heavily played album that year.

          • Edward Meehan

            I haven’t heard that one, in fact, I may have never heard of it. I still haven’t gotten around to listening to Cult of Luna’s album from last year! I did play Plebeian Grandstand’s Lowgazers again last night driving home from work training. It’s messing me up as far my best of this year locks, lol.

          • Tyree

            Yeah this year is going to be tuff when it comes to listing best albums. OMG! Get on this Ed!
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro1hNOV1zFk

          • Edward Meehan

            Argh, work <<<<<<<<

          • Tyree

            I know bud, sorry. For later though 🙂

          • Howard Dean

            DsO’s Drought EP was definitely my most played in 2012, though Asphyx’s Deathhammer and Mgla’s With Hearts Toward None were also heavily in rotation.

          • Tyree

            That Mgla was delicious! I’m glad I got to see them play this year.

          • Howard Dean

            Total envy. You were at MDF, right? So you saw Bolzer, too, I reckon. That’s fucking sweet.

          • Tyree

            Yup, You got to go this year man! So many great bands! Funebrarum, Adversarial, Dragged into Sunlight
            Tsjuder, Knelt Rote, Impetuous Ritual, and Portal to name a few.

          • Howard Dean

            I would love to see all of those bands, Funebrarum, Dragged Into Sunlight, and Portal in particular. I feel like Dragged Into Sunlight’s music in a live setting could literally spur people into committing riotous murders.

          • Tyree

            Saw them 2 or 3 years ago and talked to the vocalist before he went on stage. He was such a nice guy. When he went on stage he was the fucking devil though. That was one of the most terrifying shows I’ve ever experienced.

          • Howard Dean

            Hah! That’s awesome!

          • Tyree
          • Howard Dean

            Have you listened at all to McSorley’s new solo project, Recluse? I’m not a fan. At all. It’s just rehashed lo-fi bedroom black metal released exclusively on cassette. I feel like the more I find out about McSorley (via interviews), the more he comes off as kind of an ass. When I was first digging Cobalt, it seemed like music made by two pretty chill dudes (and it was cool that Phil had a military background). But then I read an interview with Phil (I think it may have been by Grim Kim?), and he came off as a typical “black metal misanthrope” bent on calling people posers and acting like the ultimate nihilist. It was disappointing.

            Erik Wunder on the other hand, seems like a champ. He’s a great musician, too. Man’s Gin is my (mellow) jam.

          • Tyree

            I like Recluse but yeah Phil comes off as a cvnt. He even wrote some thing on facebook once calling some people Faggots and shit. It was sort of disgusting.

          • Edward Meehan

            Let’s see….

            Yeah. I listened to the Recluse demo which I enjoyed. I listened to the newer tracks which I enjoyed less. I read that Decibel interview which you are referring to and I had the exact same feelings! I was like, uh, are you being serious at the moment? Plus, Recluse isn’t even that hateful sounding. I was expecting pure vomitous hate. He furthered that by posting similar things from Recluse’s Facebook promoting the cassette. Dude has served actively in the military though, in combat, so I have mixed feelings about what my opinion of him should be because to his credit he has gone through and seen things I am grateful I have never been through.

            I love Man’s Gin! I prefer Smiling Dogs though, because I liked the sparse instrumentation over the fuller instrumentation of their second album Rebellion Hymns. Smiling Dogs is great from front to back (been too long since I played it), Rebellion Hymns has like four songs I really enjoy but it is the lesser of those two albums.

          • Doctor Dickless

            Probably my favourite from the trilogy.

          • Howard Dean

            Seconding The Work Which Transforms God. Creepy as fuck.

          • Doctor Dickless

            It’s really creepy, but also beautiful in it’s own way.

  • Doctor Dickless

    I love their more industrial sound, but it’s really nice to have them return to their roots. Ultima Thulee is one of my favourite black metal albums and honestly better to me than most, if not all, of the Norwegian black metal. I am really waiting for this album. Of course I feel at least slightly jealous of Howard, because he can listen to this earlier. I look forward to reading his review of this and getting this on my own hands.

    • Howard Dean

      Agreed, Hra. Dickless, MD, PhD. Bands like Blut Aus Nord and Enslaved took the 2nd wave formula and really elevated it to new levels by the mid-to-late 90’s. BAN made 2nd wave-styled black metal that was grander, colder, and just a helluva lot better than the shit the Norwegians were spewing in the late 90’s (Taake and Tsjuder excepted). And we all know where Enslaved took (and are still taking) the 2nd wave formula. My fuck is that a good band.

      • Stockhausen

        Thank you for exempting Tsjuder. And I’m similarly jealous of that BAN album in your hands.

        • Howard Dean

          Desert Northern Hell is a great album.

      • Doctor Dickless

        I haven’t listened to Enslaved enough. I like their stuff but I’m not sure why I haven’t listened to them more.

        • Howard Dean

          Their early stuff (Vikinglr Veldi, Frost, and Eld) is classic 2nd wave black metal. They also are known for their Hordanes Land split with Emperor, which is probably one of the best splits in history. They’ve always had a Viking theme, but with Blodhemn they started to develop it more (in sort of a Hammerheart-era Bathory style but with more harsh vocals), and by Monumension and Below the Lights, they were really adding a progressive vibe to their tunes. They are exceptional. They pull off all of the styles extremely well. Their last two albums, Axioma Ethica Odini and Riitiir, are so good. They just haven’t slowed down.

          They are also some of the chilliest and most laidback guys in the Norwegian scene. Totally cool.

          • Doctor Dickless

            Only album that I own from them is Riitiir and I liked it. I really need to listen to them more. Maybe now that I have three day weekend I will listen to them. After I’ve corrected most of those damn tests.

          • Howard Dean

            Nice! And good luck! Their discography is kind of huge and daunting, but every album is a winner. Personal favorites for me are Eld, Blodhemn, Isa, and Axioma Ethica Odini. You really can’t go wrong anywhere in their catalogue.

          • RustyShackleford

            i LOVE Vikinglr Veldi i’m gonna have to get on the rest of it then lol

          • Howard Dean

            If you love Vikinglr Veldi, then you’ll probably like Frost, Eld, the Hordanes split, and the Yggdrasill EP the most (those are all closest in style to VV).

          • RustyShackleford

            Right on! I know what I’ll be up to this weekend then.

          • Gurp

            Ah, shit, and here I thought I had already listened to all the most important second wave bands. Back to the drawing board…

  • Tyree

    Just finished the track. Goddamn, that’s fine!

  • Scrimm

    Early to say but I think I like this better than anything else I’ve heard from them.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    *THE INNER LU ATIC RAVING ABOUT THE GREATNESS OF BAN AND THIS SONG*

    • Doctor Dickless

      BAN IS LOVE, BAN IS LIFE!

      • W.

        Hey Finnish dudes, if you want to be included in whiff o’ the week, send me your whiffs.

        • Doctor Dickless

          Sorry, I don’t have a wiff this week. Haven’t had that much time to listen to bad music,

  • Ferris Mueller

    Sounds good. Unfortunately, Blut Aus Nord is one of those bands that sounds great on my cheap ass headphones and shitty on my expensive-as-fuck car speakers. As is the case with most BM.

    • Edward Meehan

      I’ve been listening to a pretty decent amount of noise and electronic stuff lately and it’s interesting to hear the different between big ass ear covering headphones and the speakers in my car. It’s actually a subject I have found to be interesting and I have been interested in for quite some time.

  • Howard Dean

    Stop resisting! You know you love BAN! Get on the ground!

    http://i.imgur.com/Yw8H4Vp.gif

  • Leif Bearikson

    This song is cool. Music is cool.

    • Tyree

      There is going to be a lot of it today. Excitement!

      • Doctor Dickless

        This seems to be shaping into a good day.

  • Xan

    I can get behind this shit. I like black metal that conveys emotion and coldness at the same time.

  • Scrimm

    I don’t know if I should pre order this or not. Expensive, and my local store stocks this labels releases but if they don’t have this on release day I’m gonna be so upset.

  • George Clarke

    this is exciting

  • J.R.

    This song is making me dizzy. I feel like everything is coplanar with my laptop screen. The world is askew.
    I can dig it.

  • New BAN, especially after hearing this song!?

    http://leisarayven.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/gimme-gimme-GIF.gif