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Ruins of Beverast

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Metal Threat Fest: Inquisition, Absu, Pseudogod, Slutvomit, Uada, Atrum Inritus 

When: Sun., July 17, 4 p.m. 2016
Price: $50, three-day passes sold out
Ruins of Beverast and Drowned canceled due to complications with obtaining visas.

Many will remember Alexander von Meilenwald as the drummer for influential German black-metal band Nagelfar, which split up in 2002 after a solid late-90s run of howling, frigid, philosophical concept albums. Von Meilenwald carries that love for the deep theme over to his solo project, Ruins of Beverast. Yes, you can lose yourself in the piercing atmospherics of works like 2009’s Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite without paying the slightest attention to the lyrics, but what a waste that would be—the man’s a poet. He’s set himself a grueling tour schedule even though his latest work remains 2013’s Blood Vaults: The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer. On it, Von Meilenwald takes a harrowing sonic journey into the mind of Kramer, the author of The Malleus Maleficarum, who was less a serious occult scholar than a misogynist with a lurid imagination. Von Meilenwald’s wickedly beautiful, cruelly oppressive soundscapes and lyrics in English and Latin ennoble the subject matter into a vivid, nightmarish world of sex and magic and torture and blasphemy, with a twisted and still-heartfelt longing at the center of it all.

— Monica Kendrick

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