De Profundis: Kingdom Of The Blind
Progressive extremists prove one wave short of an ocean
It’s initially hard to put your finger on why these Londoners’ fifth album isn’t better than it is.
The playing is adept and full of personality, and there’s an atmosphere of grimness and decaying majesty that is highly evocative. Add in some darn good ideas and some moments to induce headbanging – the opening of In Solitude in particular – and this should be an unreservedly excellent take on progressive extremity, blending in the drama of black metal with the intricacies of the more jazzy end of death metal’s spectrum.