|Review: De Profundis - Beyond Redemption|
Year released: 2008
Review online: August 10, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
I first came across these guys a couple of weeks back, after finding out they'd be playing Bloodstock festival's unsigned stage. Upon checking out a video of them performing a live track on the festival's official site, I knew straight away that I'd have to check them out, firstly by tracking down their sole album Beyond Redemption.
Despite a number of line up changes since their inception, it seems that these guys have got the whole Doom/Death nailed down pat, while throwing in a few extra musical tidbits to set themselves apart from just about every other Doom/Death band trying to get noticed. Opening with a creepy bass line and gentle acoustic guitar line, the tone is set for the perfectly for the opening funereal chords to come crashing down like stone slabs onto your soft, exposed head. The atmospheres that these guys manage to wring from their instruments are pretty damn impressive, reminding of early Paradise Lost or My Dying Bride at times (especially My Dying Bride when it comes to the catchy guitar melodies that are so regularly interweaved into the music).
Although the majority of the music on offer is of a slower, crushing pace, these guys aren't afraid to stamp down hard onto the accelerator when they feel it needs it, and it works extremely well (at times they sound more like a Black or Death Metal band when they're really going at it). It's during these faster sections that not only the guitars and drums become more aggressive, but the bass begins to roam more freely away from the usual rhythmic backbone too, slapping and springing away to great effect.
Of course, it's still the doomier aspects that make these guys what they are, with their devastating guitars pounding away underneath the weeping melodic licks, impressive drum work clattering each chord home with deathly intent, and the inhuman howls and growls of vocalist Craig Land that not only add the exclamation point to their music, but also give it its nihilistic face too.
All in all, this is a highly worthy album for the Doom/Death fanatics out there. I for one can't wait to see these guys in action live. Seek, and be DOOMED!
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