The music scene, and especially the metal scene, is saturated with loads of bands from all kind of genres and sub-genres. A lot of them might be original and very interesting while some of them might be unoriginal and boring. However, only a few are able to connect with you and take you on a musical and dream-like journey. The newest album from UK act De Profundis should be categorised in the latter group.
Let’s introduce the band first. De Profundis formed, not so long ago, in 2005. Up to date, the Londoners have released three albums: Beyond Redemption (2007), A Bleak Reflection (2010) and their newest output The Emptiness Within. Followers of the metal scene should be familiar with this stellar act as they’ve been on various European tours (most recently with Rotting Christ) but even supported Iron Maiden in India.
From the first note on The Emptiness Within, I knew that it would be a mind blowing experience. After spinning the album a dozen times, my prediction proved to be true. De Profundis’ third full-length has music on it which you can just listen to all day long. Come on, when was the last time that you actually sat down in your comfortable chair or bed and just listened to a (new) album more than once and ACTUALLY loved it?! Can’t remember? I thought so…
Everything on The Emptiness Within is dream-like and beautiful – and yet brutal as tracks like “Delirium” prove. To be found on all tracks are instrumental interludes with an awesome proggish/jazzy sounding bass. A great example is “This Wretched Plague” where both the bass and guitar are very jazzy and proggy, thanks to which you enter the world of dreams. Later on in the track when all the instruments play together – i.e. when the music takes a brutal turn – you are still in that dream world; maybe suffering or running away from “This Wretched Plague” but that’s for the listener to interpret for himself/herself.
The band also deserves praise for the lack of selfishness among the instruments. Everyone gets their turn in the spotlight. But even when in the spotlight, there is no domination of one instrument over the other. All instruments are clearly audible which leads us to comment that the production is excellent.
The instrument which had the biggest impact on me was the bass. There are awesome solos (for instance on “This Wretched Plague”) and it is audible throughout the album. At times it felt as if I was listening to a jazz band rather than an extreme metal one… However, this could be their form of extreme as they stray away from the norm.
Even if De Profundis do not lack imagination and creativity, comparisons to other bands are inevitable. For instance, at times the drumming and the rhythm sections could be compared to Amon Amarth while the track “Release” has some Opeth-y moments.
Nevertheless, listening to all those melodies and riffs on this album is like heaven (or hell?!) for the ears. The instrumental track “Parallel Existence” is the ultimate dream track that you will ever listen to. De Profundis’ The Emptiness Within should be recommended by doctors all over the world – this music will heal all your anxieties, nightmares and depressions. This is definitely one of the best albums I have listened to recently. Give this album a spin and, trust me, this will be the best hour of your life.
1. From the Depths
3. Silent Gods
4. This Wretched Plague
5. Twisted Landscapes
7. Dead Inside
8. Parallel Existence
9. Unbroken (A Morbid Embrace)
De Profundis are:
Craig Land – Vocals
Roman Subbotin – Guitars
Shoi Sen – Guitars
Arran McSporran – Fretless Bass
Nick Tingle – Drum