CD review HELRUNAR ‘Vanitas Vanitatvm’

(8/10) ‘Vanitas Vanitatvm’ is the title of Helrunar’s next studio album. The German masters of pagan metal created a 11 songs comprising album that has it’s inspiration from bands like the legendary Bathory. What’s fascinating with Herunar is the fact that the band doesn’t solely focus on simpleminded speed. Helrunar takes thing much further and the new album is another good example for the width that can be added to black metal.

The new longplayer is again a dark milestone with the title track being the centerpiece of this longplayer. ‘Vanitas Vanitatvm’ is an evil and gloomy acoustic interlude, surrounded by pitch black tunes like ‘Da brachen aus boesen Baettern’ and ‘In Eis und Nacht’. The latter shows the band pushing the pedal to the metal. It’s a murderous pace that characterizes this black metal hymn. It’s well placed breaks break the pattern of speed and even adds a solid portion of melody to the mix.

A song you shouldn’t miss also is ‘Blutmond’. Not only because Central Europe had a ‘Blutmond’ a few weeks ago, but also due to the musical excellence it’s this tune that reflects for the beauty of ‘Vanitas Vanitatvm’. This time it’s not speed driving the track. It’s the intensity of harsh riffs and raspy vocals that gives you the shivers. The song creates an unholy atmosphere and it’ the innocent sounding acoustic guitar that even emphasizes the oppressive vibe.

‘Vanitas Vanitatvm’ is a holistic, dynamic, evil and dark album. It shows the wide framework of a genre that oven comes across as being very one-dimensional when it comes to sound and creativity. Don’t miss this cold and vicious album.





  1. Es ist ein sterbend Licht
  2. Saturnus
  3. Lotophagoi
  4. Blutmond
  5. Vanitas Vanitatvm
  6. In Eis und Nacht
  7. Nachverzehrer
  8. Als die Welt zur Nacht sich wandt
  9. Necropolis
  10. Der Tag an dem das Meer seine Toten freigibt


Label: Prophecy Productions

Genre: Pagan Metal

Release Date EU: September 28th, 2018

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