Album of the Day: Profanatica – Profanatitas De Domonatia

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Label: Hell’s Headbangers Records

It seems absurd that, back in the day (i.e., about ten years ago), US black metal was considered by many as something of a joke – something perceived as lacking in culture and tradition. In some quarters, the feeling of hatred was very much mutual, with Profanatica being outspoken in how little they thought of most other bands – those from Europe especially. It’s just a shame it would take until 2007 for their debut album, Profanatitas De Domonatia, to be released, as its unrelenting blasphemy and raw, bestial black metal is of the highest quality. Their early splits were good, but this is superb.

Comprised of black metal of the most blasphemous, hateful kind, this album is defined by its anti-Christian fury and defiant spirit. There is nothing even slightly subtle about the riffs or crushing drum patterns, and though there is a kind of melody to many of the riffs, they’re defined far more by their atmosphere of unrelenting darkness and evil. It is an ugly, hateful album – but one that’s hard to resist. The slow-motion opening to closer ‘Betrayal of the Lamb’ is a particular highlight, and a perfect demonstration of why bestial metal doesn’t have to be all about speed to be powerful and aggressive.

Profanatitas De Domonatia is available digitally, on CD, and on cassette via Bandcamp; and can be streamed on Spotify.

 

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