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First off, I think that Dark Funeral is a highly appreciated black metal band, but some people don’t like them. I personally thing that they are great. They are kind of over the top, but it suits their style. Their recordings are great, and even the production of this live album is amazing. On the other albums, such as Diabolis Interium, Caligula’s vocals are perfect sounding, but on this Live CD, they are kind of terrible. He sounds like he has been singing for 5 weeks straight every night for a two hour long set. Its okay when he’s singing, but when he announces the songs, it sounds like he is sick.
The guitars are powerful and are obviously coming through on the recording very well. I didn’t hear any mistakes while listening to this album, so you can definitely tell that they practice a lot. The guitar parts aren’t “hard” but still to remember every song and every part, it takes talent. They blend together so well, and the differing licks fit together to create the “Dark Funeral” sound.
The bass pretty much follows the guitars, so what I said for the guitars also goes for the bass.
The drums are the most amazing piece to this album. Matt is an incredible drummer, and he knows when it’s too much. He doesn’t only have blast beats. He changes it up and uses extremely fast double bass, slow double bass, and simple beats to create the tempo for the songs. He has the talent, and the “know how.” He is a very talented drummer. The drums production on this album is okay, but I think that they could have been louder. They are buried by the guitars.
This album gets an 87% from me because the drums sound is lacking in volume, and the vocals are a bit too terrible for me. With all that said, Dark Funeral is great.
It can hardly be denied that Dark Funeral is one of today's best black metalbands in terms of playing, atmosphere and songwriting. But despite that, successively listening all the tracks that are on 'De Profundis...' was a bit difficult for me. Dark Funeral's studio albums are most of the time quite varied, but after listening about six songs from this live album, I started to notice that the many of the performed songs sound quite similar to eachother. They have the same kind of (opening)riffs, the same tempo, the same vocals and I find that to be kind of boring after a while. Nevertheless, ‘De Profundis...’ offers a good possibility to hear high-quality, agressive black metal and a good overview of what Dark Funeral stands for musically. Highlights: “An Apprentice Of Satan”, “The Dawn No More Rises”, "Hail Murder”, “Goddess Of Sodomy”, “Open The Gates” and “Armageddon Finally Comes”.
"De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine" is the first live album of Dark Funeral, and it is recorded during the South American tour in 2003. It contains 14 of the most unforgettable songs of the Swedish band, preceded by an intro in Spanish, as everything lasts for about an hour. Interesting are mainly the modernized versions of tracks from the old releases, as "Shadows Over Transylvania" and "My Dark Desires". It is also the faster performance of "Ineffable Kings Of Darkness" that deserves attention. The aggression of the music enthuses the fans from Brazil, Chile and Columbia, making them create an unrepeatable concert atmosphere, additionally contributing for the beauty of this creation. The whole satanic idea, dark and cruel orientation we know from the studio albums manifest on the scene. The live bassist Richard Daemon also participates and excelenttly complements the other four, as of course everything is perfectly performed. In consequence of this the listener becomes witness of an unforgettable sound picture. This is one of the best live albums ever released. Every fan of the extreme black metal should acquire this release to get a chance to enjoy the unique music of "the ineffable kings of darkness"!