DE PROFUNDIS – Beyond Redemption
Whenever I am introduced to a new band, I instinctively go on to Encyclopaedia Metallum to see what genre they belong to (yes I categorize my music because humans love to organize). So when I was introduced to De Profundis recently (no I didn’t see them live when they played in India), I saw them mentioned as Progressive Extreme Metal on the aforementioned website. Now that would really raise expectations from any metal fan and so it raised mine as well. The actual album though, ended up performing a Wolverine-style berserker fury on my expectations.
The main problem with this album I found was that it lacked any form of emotional content. Though they are labelled as Progressive Extreme Metal, they fall more into a very generic form of Doom Metal. The entire album is riddled with the same old rhythms that Black Sabbath used on their 1st few albums, except at that time such music would have really sounded depressive. This, on the other hand, is completely dry. It is devoid of any form of emotion because of its generic nature. The very evenly-timed chordplay does not help matters and the vocals are very languid and belch more air than voice. The only factor worth praising is the deft bass playing by Indian-born Shoi Sengupta. But again, he shows all the technique but fails to deliver on the emotional front.
As a reviewer I like to think that not every bad album I hear is entirely devoid of good moments and this album has very few (about as many as the no of blades of grass in the Sahara desert). There are a few nice-clean guitar tone sections that add some ambient relief to the languid music, made even more languid-sounding by the sheer length of the songs. But it seems that was all. All in all, if you like your Doom Metal to be highly generic and have a null value of emotion on it, this is the album for you. But if you wish your Doom Metal to bleed sadness and sorrow like the music of Draconian or Mar de Grises, I would suggest staying away from this album.