MAY 5th 2013
DE PROFUNDIS: THE EMPTINESS WITHIN

Review by Metal Mom

Released by: Kolony Records
Release date: 4 June 2013
Genre: Extreme Progressive Metal

A little info for the people out there that might not have any background on this band. UK based DE PROFUNDIS formed back in 2005 and has performed in 22 countries to date, having taken part in 3 international tours including supporting Iron Maiden in India (impressive right), and a tour with Rotting Christ, again impressive bands to have toured with. They have also performed at numerous major music festivals worldwide including the well known Bloodstock Open Air.

Who is in the band you ask, I’ll tell you: Craig Land (Vocals), Roman Subbotin
(Guitar), Shoi Sen (Guitar), Arran McSporran (Fretless Bass) and Nick Tingle on drums.
 
DE PROFUNDIS recorded their 3rd album, 2nd full length, “The Emptiness Within”  in London during December 2011, the album was produced by the band and Fernando Pereira (Misanthrope). The album was then mixed at the Studios Davout in Paris, France,  (AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne) and mastered by Tim Turan (Emperor, Motörhead). Some heavy hitters here. The artwork was designed by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media (Mayhem, Darkthrone, Absu). The nearly hour-long composition  exhibits 9 intense  songs, flowing with complex riffing through DE PROFUNDIS’s rare, forward-thinking delivery.

Tracklist:
1. From the Depths…
2. Delirium
3. Silent Gods
4. This Wretched Plague
5. Twisted Landscapes
6. Release
7. Dead Inside
8. Parallel Existence
9. Unbroken (A Morbid Embrace)

Okay, where do I start, well to begin with, I haven’t heard of this band before, but was given the cd to review. I will tell you right now, boy was I happy to listen to this one, it’s a beast of beasts. Some new bands, yeah they are fine, but this one, I have to admit, is so much better and just thrilled that it was brought to my attention. First song right off the bat had my attention, and the whole album kept me listening, that’s rare for any band. In other words I didn’t feel like there was any filler here. Probably what kept my interest was that it didn’t all sound the same, it went from melodic to black metal, with some mind blowing guitar riffs, and drum blasts that made you wish you were watching them play live. The vocals here incomparable. As a metalhead myself, you will find everything you can possible want right here on these 9 tracks, their influences are multiple, and heavily infused with some elements of progressive rock with some jazz. Yes, I said jazz. Astonishing guitar solo can be heard on here as well. Without a doubt you can tell that some thought went into the creation of this album. De Profundis to me, has a unique sound, one that has a lot of creativity to produce a exemplary album for the band.   

Would I go out and buy it, oh yes, definitely, in fact, I have been listening to it in the background as I write this. That says a lot in itself. But don’t take my word for it, when its released near you, make sure you get out there and buy this one. I am.