De Profundis – The Corruption of Virtue Review

My dear child of the night doesn’t have the slightest idea what is to be here reviewing bands for six years since 2016. From then on the opportunities to run into a so diverse myriad of bands has been delightful. As my dear child of the night knows or have noticed this diversity of bands is no hoax. Ok, 95% of the bands reviewed here were Metal or Metal related from all the existing subgenres. The 5% of bands are somehow Metal related as well as they belong to the genres that influenced Metal music as Rock, Heavy Rock, Blues, Jazz Rock, Prog Rock, and many others. As a plus, this time here allowed us to have a sequence of albums to review. Some bands, for instance, have had three or four reviewed here since 2016. De Profundis are one of them. We had the opportunity of reviewing their 2018’s “The Blinding Light of Faith” with flying colors. As of now, we are deeply honored to have the chance of reviewing their latest release “The Corruption of Virtue” an album that follows the band’s known level of quality though a bit different from the previus. However, one very important thing remains the same; the extreme quality of the musicians and their prowess in their instruments which makes the listening of the album an extremely pleasure. The band was able to find the missing link between heavyness and melody. “The Corruption of Virtue” is damn heavy but the changes of hearts and the mix of various instrumental elements make it something else.

When I wrote about 2018’s “The Blinding Light of Faith” I said the album was for guitar lovers due to “the most incredible guitar riffage and soloing releases of this year.” There are many passages here to address but one thing I ought to highlight and that is the overtones that come from the guitars. The guitar duo Shoi Sen and Paul Nazarkardeh provide the fan layers and layers of amazing ripping up the frets. Subtly, there are some dissonant chords into the songs in order to create more of a musical chaos helped by the low distortion the guitar duo uses. Take a look at “Relentless March” and its incredible mass of sound. Or the relentless guitar solos of “Weaponised Rape” intertwined with the aforementioned incredible bass lines. Yeah, this album have all this plus one of the most incredible bass lines I’ve heard in this 6 year tenure. The first comes with “Sectarian Warfare” where the bassist Steve Woodcock is set free to fly and play whatever the hell he wants to. Really amazing what the guy does here. Another highlight that I forgot to mention in my previous review was Craig Land’s vocals. The guy here teaches a lesson of how gutural vocals can be flexible.

“The Corruption of Virtue” is here to prove that the three year hiatus was really worth it. De Profundis came back with the usual musical quality and the breathtaking and jawbreaking musicianship. An album to slowly enjoy.

De Profundis “The Corruption of Virtue” will be released on October 07th via Transcending Obscurity Records.

Track Listing:

  1. Ritual Cannibalism
  2. Sectarian Warfare
  3. Relentless March
  4. Weaponised Rape
  5. Embrace Dystopia
  6. Desecrating Innocence
  7. Religious Cancer
  8. Scapegoat
  9. The Sword Verses

Watch “Religious Cancer” official music video here: