De Profundis - The Emptiness Within review
|Album:||The Emptiness Within|
|Release date:||May 2012|
01. From The Depths...
03. Silent Gods
04. This Wretched Plague
05. Twisted Landscapes
07. Dead Inside
08. Parallel Existence
09. Unbroken (A Morbid Embrace)
So apparently this band from the UK just decided to release what can best be described as a mixture of the greatest parts of Opeth and Quo Vadis. That's a pretty awesome combination if you ask me.
De Profundis formed back in 2005 and have since managed to garner quite a following. They have a few full-lengths to their name, a pretty extensive touring history, and most recently, a major label contract thanks to Kolony Records.
Touching back on the Opeth comparison, The Emptiness Within is more like Blackwater Park's younger, but much crazier, sister. She likes to go out every night and hit up the clubs, get super drunk, drop a couple happy pills, dance her pants off and take home random strangers to cap off a fun-filled evening. She doesn't have the same level of couth as her older sister, but that doesn't mean she's an unpleasant person to be around.
Basically what I'm trying to say is this is a more exciting and up-beat version of what Opeth sounded like more than a decade ago. The pace and overall instrumental goodness helps break the monotony of transferring back and forth between "awesome death metal" and "prog wankery". And then those Quo Vadis moments come in. The greatest similarity this album has to the Canadian melodic tech-death masters is the songwriting. The songs are well-crafted and somewhat playful, but the musicians' professionalism keeps it from becoming some kind of lighthearted affair.
So you have your time signature changes, your outstanding musicianship, quality death metal growls with clean chants scattered throughout, enticing compositions, intensity, consistency, and it's catchy. And for lack of a better term, you can file it under "extreme technical metal" or something. So... you have an album that could easily find itself being enjoyed by the majority of metal fans.
||Written on 07.05.2012 by Just another opinionated guy telling you what to listen to.|
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