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Profetus : As All Seasons Die

Profetus have come close enough to perfection to even make summer seem like Doom.

It's common knowledge nowadays: the best Funeral doom on this doomed planet is always forged in Finland. Take it any way you like, this is once again proven true with the new release from Profetus.

The passing of the seasons has always been a good topic when it comes to depressing music. You just have to count how many songs about winter exist in the Black Metal scene, or about autumn in the Doom scene. Of course, sometimes it just ends up as something astonishingly ridiculous: remember that Nargaroth album with a good deal of humpa-humpa to symbolize springtime? Yeah, Black Metal was krieg indeed! So, I must say that I was a bit nervous before giving this album a few spins, because - let's be frank for a minute - there's nothing as un-Doom as springtime and summer.

Going on logically, the album starts with springtime. Humpa-humpa anyone? Well, not here. The 4-minute intro is nothing but a dirge composed of haunting organs and accoustic guitar parts. If I had to compare it to a natural landscape, it would be to a small mountain spring with a corpse beside it. This is both a beautiful yet extremely dark piece, one that manages to crush your heart with sadness, despite being surprisingly not heavy.

We go into more familiar territory for the three next seasons. This is classic Funeral Doom of the highest level, full of coldness and despair. Each track moves along slowly, yet with a relentlesness that few bands manage to display nowadays. The guitars are like a mourning choir (the magnificent solo of 'Dead Are Our Leaves Of Autumn' reminded me of the majesty that was 'Dismal Gleams Of Desolation' by God Forsaken), the vocals alternate between your classic beastly grunts and a desperate, haunting clean singing that's layered into the background and sounds at times almost like a spoken part instead of a sung one. Finally, the drum parts are rare but manage more than once to strike the perfect spot when a cymbal suddenly comes crashing into a delicate melody.

A few samples are used, once in a while: mostly nature sounds that fit perfectly both with the thematics and the music displayed. When the record ends, it's hard to believe that it is in fact 14 minutes shorter than the previous Profetus album - such is the immersive nature of 'As All Seasons Die' that time seems to fly by when listening to it, and it feels like you could actually see the seasons come and go right before your eyes. Few are the Funeral Doom bands to have managed such a mastery of their craft, and only Skepticism and Mournful Congregation have managed to release albums which are this perfect.

It is safe to say that, whatever will be released next in 2014, no other Funeral Doom album this year will be better than this one. As a matter of fact, I tend to consider that releasing the perfect album is something quite impossible. But 'As All Seasons Die' will be the closest thing to "perfection made Funeral Doom" you'll find this year. If, for nothing else, for the way Profetus have managed to change the perception we'll have of the seasons - by proving that, after all, there's nothing more Doom than springtime and summer.

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Reviewer's rating: 9.5/10


Tracklist :
1. The Rebirth Of Sorrow
2. A Reverie (Midsummer's Dying)
3. Dead Are Our Leaves Of Autumn
4. The Dire Womb Of Winter

Duration : Approx. 36 minutes

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Reviewed on 2014-07-06 by Laurent Lignon
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