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De Profundis : A Bleak Reflection

De Profundis take inspiration from the jazzy rhythms of Cynic.

In Spring 2010, there has been a rich harvest of all things doomy; De Profundis can certainly be added to that best-of list. Based in London, the band offers a clever mix of classic English Doom (Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Anathema) seasoned with a drop of technical Progressive Rock. From such statements, you could easily have thought of them as another contender for the sought-after title of Opeth’s clone. But they are not.

For, where too many unimaginative bands are happy with another version of 'Blackwater Park', De Profundis take inspiration more from a band like Cynic (particularly noticeable through the superb fretless style of their new bassist) in the faster passages, and the moods and melodic solos of Swedish Black Metal.

The exemplary arrangement job makes songs like ‘Ablaze In Autumn's Fire’ or ‘Crimson Black Bleeding’ really take off. De Profundis’ music appears rich and innovative without ever crossing a limit that would make it too innovative and therefore boring. Quite the contrary, their daring take on Doom reinforces the baroque atmosphere.

Despite its length, you listen to 'A Bleak Reflection' and absorb it easily; it offers a subtle and rich journey through the misty sounscapes that the genre has accustomed us to. Innovative bands in Doom are rare: one more reason to support what I consider to be one of the most exciting albums of early 2010.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Ephemeral Burden
2. Ablaze in Autumn's Fire
3. Nocturnal Splendour
4. Cease to Be
5. Crimson Black Bleeding
6. Cold is the Grave
7. Longing
8. The Mourner

Duration : Approx. 70 minutes

Visit the De Profundis bandpage.

Reviewed on 2010-11-14 by Laurent Lignon
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