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On disc: Profanatica

Disgusting Blasphemies Against God - Mike Thompson - 6 stars
Thy Kingdom Cum - Lars Bjørn - 2 stars

Thy Kingdom Cum

Thy Kingdom Cum
(Hells Headbangers Records - 2013)

What is to do when you listen to Profanatica, the music is primitive and ugly, but you must accept that there is a market for such things and fans who may be blasphemic, but they want it that way. Then the music follow the lead, and in this case Profanatica has been around for so long that they have participated in creating this trend among the fans of extreme black metal, if that is the correct description of what Profanatica is dealing with.

Noisy attacking drums from Paul Ledney who also do the vocals, you can not call it singing, but lets stick to vocals, 8 songs of headache provoking noise, only on Definite Atonement we get some advanced guitar work with good edges thrown in. If black metal fans are in awe of sick metal, here is the medicine for them. Have a blast with this third album from Profanatica.

2 stars

Lars Bjørn


Disgusting Blasphemies Against God

Disgusting Blasphemies Against God
(Hell's Headbangers - 2010)

Surely never has an album title captured the spirit and overall essence of the music contained within than this. One look at the song titles on this album is enough to show you tell you what I mean with tracks such as Pious Piece Of Shit, Angel With Cock and Fuck The Blood Of The Lamb being generally disgusting and blasphemous! Disgusting Blasphemies Against God is only US black metal band, Profanatica's second full length album in a career spanning twenty years and contains extremely raw, dirty sounding black metal.
The overall sound is extremely bassy, which is unusual for black metal but not unwelcome. Paul Ledney's vocals are extremely good, being raspy and full of vehemence and yet also understandable. The songs are generally enjoyable and join together to form a homogeneous album that most fans of underground black metal will enjoy. However, there are some major downfalls for Profanatica's latest monstrosity that may put you off.
The major downside of this album is that the guitar doesn't have enough bite. Sure, you can hear it but it just doesn't grab you. It seems to play more of a background role instead of being the driving force that it should be.
The second criticism is that the drumming is very, very uninspired. Honestly, I swear its just the same simple beat repeated throughout a song, changed slightly for the next song and repeated again... If either the drums or guitars had been better I would have given this a higher mark but unfortunately they drag down what is otherwise a good black metal album.

6 stars

Mike Thompson


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