Metal Review: The Ruins of Beverast: Blood Vaults – The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer (Cryptae Sanguinum – Evangelium Flagrans Henrici Institoris)

The Ruins of Beverast Blood VaultsFormer Nagelfar drummer (and sometimes Verdunkeln drummer), Alexander von Meilenwald’s one man project, The Ruins of Beverast, is back with “The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer (Cryptae Sanguinum – Evangelium Flagrans Henrici Institoris).” With his latest effort, Meilenwald gets the best production values to date on “The Blazing Gospel” without sacrificing that raw atmosphere that we expect from him. “The Blazing Gospel” is Meilenwald’s second true concept album and music sets the perfect atmosphere for this haunting tale.

Since the “Unlock the Shrine” debut, Meilenwald has taken his blackened doom/death metal sound and introduced atmosphere in the form of horror lines, ritualistic chants and eerie church-type sounds in a manner of trying to frighten the listener. A perfect example of this is with II Daemon, a 9 minute aural assault that is so heavy, but so hypnotic at the same time. The riffs are what drive the song, but the errie atmosphere is set up perfectly with sounds from a haunted children’s choir and chruch bells. Of course, this comes after the frightening muffled vocal open to the album, which is enough to scare anyone from their slumber.

The next rack, III Malefica, is a eerie, beautiful piece reminiscent of something out of Agalloch’s catalog. The guitar work is splendid throughtout its 10+ minutes of running time, but once again, the atmosphere is perfectly played upon with the horrific sound effects introduced. Some of the doom riffs incorporated are too heavy and warrant a warning label on the album itself for their shear heart pounding capabilities. The break section in the middle utilizes a organ for the rhythm over haunting guttural chants, which gives the feeling of taking part in a ceremony for the damned.

Overall, as we already knew before, Alexander von Meilenwald has something special with The Ruins of Beverast, and “The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer (Cryptae Sanguinum – Evangelium Flagrans Henrici Institoris)” is no different than it predecessor. If you like your doom slightly blackened and charred, The Ruins of Beverast is for you.