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Profetus : Coronation of the Black Sun



Finnish Funeral Doom... One could say it has become a cliché in itself. So, coming from the country of the 1000 lakes, here comes a new band with, surprisingly enough, a Horna member in it. Now, what is happening with all those BM-ers suddendly discovering they like Doom? Anyway, back on the music. Did you say Thergothon? You're right, Profetus play in the same league as the Finnish legends: a music abyssal and cold, slow and unrelenting like Death itself. What makes them stand apart from the hordes of copycats is their curious use of keyboards. Now, don't get on me, I know that keyboards have become a standard in the genre, as the Firebox sound is one of the most recognized around. But Profetus doesn't play this instrument in the same way. You won't find here organs and religious or progressive influences. Rather a ghostly, sometimes even misty, atmosphere.

This is where Profetus do shine. Lacking a bass player could be a flaw, but they manage to avoid that by using keyboards instead. When the guitars rules, the keys are in the background, supporting the drums. Then suddenly, without warning, the guitars disappears, and all is left is a very calm and sinister keyboard part in the background, before the obsidian tower rises again through some morbid riffing. You have to get accustomed to the fact that the keyboards are mixed in the background. At first, it seems to be a mistake in the production. But the more you listen to the album, the more you start to realize that it may be well done with purpose. Which then, brings an even more sinister, almost ritualistic, vibe to the music. You could almost smell the incense burning during the recording...

There have been quite few good releases in the field of Funeral Doom this year. The first Profetus album shines like an onyx crown among them. If their future releases lives up to the expectations raised by this first album, Thergothon may very well have finally discovered its true heirs.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

Information

Tracklist :
1. SATURNINE NIGHT [intro]
2. THE EYE OF PHOSPOROS
3. COALESCENCE OF ASHEN WINGS
4. BLOOD OF SATURN

Duration : Approx. 50 minutes.

Visit the Profetus bandpage.

Reviewed on 21-11-2009 by Laurent Lignon
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