After interviewing Profane Omen earlier this year, I have been looking forward to reviewing this album. Having heard previous material, I basically knew what to expect and I can tell you now that this is going to be awesome!
Seconds – A gentle guitar instrumental guides us into this album.
Base – From a chilled out introduction to a blast of metallic bliss! We are definitely picking up the pace and getting into some killer beats. This is filled with a flowing arrangement of changes and uplifting rhythms. It contains a lot of energy and power. The vocals are clean yet filled with grunt and are varied in their presentation. The drums keep you enthralled and dictate your heart beat. The guitar riffs are diverse and well placed. My most favoured element within this track is its overall energy.
“I keep my base, I watched our common wealth go down with your preaching, Dead empty words like those belong to the self-righteous…”
Information – A heavy guitar introduction sets the scene for another energy filled, aggression releasing track. There is a pace change at about 04:00 which gives you a bit of a breather. But it’s not long at all before you thrashing around again. This track is simply beefy and heavy and everything you’d expect from this band. Awesome track!
“Information, let the freedom flow, Transformation, let this demon go, Let the light shine on all our restraints, The ones that always keep us in place…”
Superpowertrip – I’m beginning to think that if you were in a moshpit for this band you better be physically prepared for pure carnage! The drums are again dictating the pulse and the guitars aren’t gonna let you get away too easily either. This is a good, fresh sound and so full of energy and power it’s most enchanting. Am loving this album thus far!
“And I have not witnessed justice; therefore I have no reasons to play it fair, All these wrong-turn exits turning to right ones, it’s up to me, it’s up to me, Now I decide…”
I Have Seen – Creeping in through an old wooden door and into this track we are approached by devilish whispers. The guitars create a sense of mystery until you realise exactly where you are… within the demons lair. This song bestows the sound of struggle; trapped and trying to break free. Again we find a good, heavy pace and a strong, solid depth. Though, it doesn’t seem we will find our freedom here. It seems we’re fixed.
“Fear! Fear that lives in my heart for the rest of my life, emptiness of all that is, illusion of being alive, I have seen the fires of hell, felt them under my skin…”
Left To Disintegrate – So much angst, so much release… It’s very therapeutic. As with every other track, it’s full of energy and really captivates the listener. I can see myself clambering around the place belting this out!
“How will you feel, how will your mind adjust, when you get the fact that will change it all? Wanna be a bitter man? Just leave it all to a higher hand and watch it all go down…”
In The Middle I Breathe– Time to gasp for air as this introduction slowly soothes the neck wounds I’ve just incurred from the previous tracks. At about 01:45 I’m sensing those wounds are about to become somewhat exaggerated. This track only lasts for 03:40 but it’s enough to give you that much needed breather and ease you into the next track.
“Unfold, expose myself to these thoughts, It seems there’s no angel to take me home, I’m cold and I drank every drop I could find, and the fire in my lungs, it leaves no more room for smoke…”
Right To Retaliate – A brutal onslaught compresses you within this musical domain. A variety of both clean and deathly vocals, hammering drums and searing guitar riffs. It’s hard and heavy and oh so sweet on the ears.
“Replacing a life of choice with emptiness, I didn’t want to be spoken for, Walking in a world of fear, one thought in my mind I hold so dear: you gotta suffer, you gotta pay…”
Generation Doom (Count Me Out) – This is another great track comprised of roaring, clean vocals well paced drums and pleasurable rhythms. I was exhausted prior to hearing this album and now I am just an abundance of energy. Very uplifting tunes that truly help release any built up stress.
“Heritage, What is left from yesterday? Only violence and the sense of greed – I gag! A shallow world where crises are solved with a sum of all our fears…”
Dealers Of Guilt – This is one has a heavy ass intro for what is a brilliant track! I’m probably going to love anything with such clarity on “die!” in the song but I am really enjoying this one! Wicked screams, angsty growls, soothing roars and pristine singing in general compliment the awesome guitar work, chunky rhythms and nerve splitting drums. Yes, indeed… this is a great track!
“Twisting the truth with a tongue so worthless that even the taste of shit goes to waste, Vomit those words in case someone hasn’t heard your opinion…”
Dodge – This too is hard and heavy and belts out a mean finale for the album. Talk about an angst ridden release! Wow.. this is good shit!
“Keep your mouth shut ‘cause there is nothing wrong, Just hold it back for some social peace, Don’t think twice about unpleasant thoughts ‘cause there might be something nice on TV…”
In essence, I am blown away! This is filled with such energy and metallic passion. You can not walk away from this album, it is too damn good! Get yourself a copy folks as you will not be disappointed. The music is kick arse! The CD sleeve is well designed and pieced together. The artwork is interesting and it contains all the lyrics, thanks and contact info. A great package all up for the listener. Check out the links below and find out for your self just how good these guys are.
One final thing I have to mention, is when I checked their website today I found this, "one of the most die hard shit we've heard this far on our shows happened in Jurassicrock where a guy was having decent time in the pit and broke his arm. In the ambulance he just shouted out "what a great fuckin' show", with his other functional arm banging through the air." Haha.. you see!?! I told you guys, this shit is pure fucking carnage!!
Review by Déa di Morté © 14 September 2009
All pictures and lyrical extracts courtesy of Jani Saajanaho and Profane Omen