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De Profundis - The Emptiness Within
7 May 2012

01. From The Depths...
02. Delirium
03. Silent Gods
04. This Wretched Plague
05. Twisted Landscapes
06. Release
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.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 9

Band profile: De Profundis
Album: The Emptiness Within


Written on 07.05.2012 by
Troy Killjoy
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Unhealer - 07.05.2012 at 05:00  
I thought the Killjoy didn't like this kind of stuff.
Anyway, this caught my attention.
Troy Killjoy - 07.05.2012 at 05:02  
Written by Unhealer on 07.05.2012 at 05:00
I thought the Killjoy didn't like this kind of stuff.

Normally the Killjoy tends to avoid this kind of stuff, but every now and again it's brought to his attention that some bands in this style still have the ability to interest him.
BudDa - 07.05.2012 at 08:54  
Great! I have been meaning to get this album for sometime. I am a huge fan of their bassist, Arran Mcporran, work; Both on the punk band The Separation and Seven7. I can't wait to hear how he sounds on this.

Thanx for the review
Troy Killjoy - 07.05.2012 at 13:17  
Written by BudDa on 07.05.2012 at 08:54
Thanx for the review

No problem - thank Doc for forwarding it to me.
Marcel Hubregtse - 07.05.2012 at 14:50  
Since when is Kolony Records a major label?
PocketMetal - 07.05.2012 at 21:56  
Did MS buy "praising upgrades" for staff ? I have already to many albums to check out don't do this to me guys . xD
Opeth and Quo Vadis ! I want this shit !
Edmund Fogg - 08.05.2012 at 20:31  
Now I need to get my hands all over this dirty sister.
Soulhole - 09.05.2012 at 00:40  
I'm really enjoying this. This album covers a lot of ground. What you get from De Profundis is death/doom/black/progressive/thrash metal. Emphasis on death and doom.
LeKiwi - 27.08.2013 at 01:21  
Forgot to mention the melodies. Dem melodies....

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