Profanal
Supreme Fire

Oh yeah, the force is strong in this one, the Dismember force that is. This one being Italy’s Profanal and their contribution to the altar that is swedish death. Obviously we know that the followers are many, some bring reverence and new found power to the church, where others as we know, just worship, nothing more. Profanal, fall somewhere in between. They have the passion and energy and the enthusiasm to put forth in this 30 min romp amongst the graveyard of those that have fallen and walk the path with many of those who continue dig up the graves of decrepit sounds.

Having equal measure Dismember with its speed, not quite the tone, but oh yes, that FEEL is there and the 1-2, 1-2 drumming, you know you just love this, just listen to opener “Eternal Curse of Blood”,  ah yes, Like An EverFlowing Stream indeed. But also listen further and you have bits of the death groove of Grave here also.The mid-paced thump of “Close The Coffin”, illustrates this perfectly, wait till the half way through the song, that (Grave) groove takes shape that will get your head banging, just wonderful. I love the vocals, an angry roar with power and gruffness that you feel in your gut. Vocalist Rosey, formerly of “Putrefied Beauty”, just does an excellent job fronting the band, you know and feel where her voice comes from but she add her touch to make this a better listen. Another great representation, of both sounds, the final two numbers, “Burn The Altar”, with its speed, the riffing, the groove, you hear the bass rumbling along, shaking you to the core and “Considered As Gods” (uuuhm, one can wonder of whom they speak of?) a great closer to this offering to the altar of the swedeath gods

It’s great that the album is quick and to the point, you don’t get bored, you won’t have too much time to dwell on the meaning of things, to say “oh it too derivative” or “Its too simple” No, just sit back and turn it up, it’s fun and gets the point across and blasts you into submission in no time and you can go about your business, with a smile on your face.

The negative, if you want to call it that, is from the last album to this one , it seems more of the Swedish worship is in place with this release, whereas with the debut, Black Chaos, that album, the tone was angrier, more harsh and a bit more unique and not so much idol worship.(Although the guitar tone was a bit more Dismember-ish)

So a great release, interesting cover art with its different color scheme and without breaking any boundaries or looking to change the world, Profanal, add another good, solid stone to the altar of the death gods.

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Written by Will 'Bones' Lee
December 8th, 2016

Comments

  1. Commented by: Jay

    Kick ass write-up! Diggin’ this shit with gusto, Will.


  2. Commented by: Aaron

    Good review, got exactly what I expected after reading it.

    Neat to see Putrefied Beauty mentioned, their 2 demos were great brutal death metal, and this band has been on the edge of my radar for a while due to the tie.


  3. Commented by: Will "BoneS" Lee

    Hey, glad you both liked the band and the review. I had to mention Putrefied Beauty,they are one of the those hidden gems that sometimes people need to dig for. They did some amazing stuff.


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