De Profundis - _Beyond Redemption_
(Independent, 2007)
by: Chaim Drishner (5.5 out of 10)
Tedious and uninspiring, De Profundis have learned well their way of doom/death done by the book, resulting in a less than singular recording which borrows from many doom metal icons and in a way extrapolates that knowledge in the form of this album, _Beyond Redemption_.

Excluding any comparisons, this album is a decent beginner's guide to doom/death (although the fast, occasional drums ruin the overall dynamics of the songs in which they appear) of the more melodic and less vitriolic kind; this album is listener-friendly and it demands no challenge, nor does it set any new standards in this subgenre or altogether. _Beyond Redemption_ indeed reeks of older (and maybe better?) times, with its old school-ish inclination, but that fact alone does not validate said album as a quality musical product. Kudos for the musicians, at least for self-releasing such a professional product through and through. Unfortunately, this reviewer is enthusiastic about the musical contents of this album to a much lesser extent.


(article published 26/12/2008)

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