Monday, January 5, 2015

Profetus-As All Seasons Die (2014)

One of the characteristic qualities of this album has to be its hypnotizing melodies. In fact, the main philosophy of this record is quality over the quantity. The songs do not have many riffs, yet music is not boring, but very dramatic, and emotional. Certainly, some people, the music may appear too repetitive, but it works in a magnificent way. The melodies are delicate dark masterpieces which stick in the listener head for days. The music has a tendency to put the listener in a trance like state mood using simple yet effective melodic foundations done using lead guitar melodies, and harsh misanthropic brutal vocals as the central instruments. The drumming, base, rhythm guitar and other effects provide groundwork for everything else, a certain wall of sound. Somewhat thin production give the additional bleak, and hollow atmosphere to the record makes the dark melodies, and growls even more effective. The story of the album is pretty depressive, but somehow it converts negative energy into a positive one, which was probably the main goal of the musicians. In conclusion "As All Seasons Die" is a good album in the metal underground. It seems to have a melodic doom death metal tag, but in my view the term may be contingent since many groups mix things up. I would just call it funeral doom metal from Finland. If you haven’t heard it, it is a must have for any metal head, Profetus write a honest emotional music with feelings.
Review by Paul Caravasi

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