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Profanatica - Thy Kingdom Cum

An Unexpected Late Triumph - 90%

TheDean, December 2nd, 2015

Thy Kingdom Cum is not an immediate album by any means. Once the imagery has sunk in, it is revealed to be one of their more compelling outputs, just under 2007’s Profanatitas De Domonatia but well, well above 2010’s Disgusting Blasphemies Against God.

The previous full length, DBAG, can be characterized as an act of creation due to each track feeling reminiscent of an emotional crescendo imbued with a sense of uncertainty and awe. In this context, Thy Kingdom Cum can be characterized as looking back on that work with glee. The predominant construction is technique is playfulness through the patchwork assembly of ideas which seemingly have little relationship to one another and yet function as a coherent whole during execution. The artists inject nuance via feedback, pick sliding, psuedo-divebombs, drone and seemingly innocuous notes of melody underneath the music, often during a track’s apex; indicating a professionalism and high degree of inspiration. The whole of this record is not a sum of its parts, it is composed of highly distinct tracks which are sonically and thematically cohesive without being dependent on one another to reach significance.

This record is the perfect length for a metal record standing somewhere around the thirty minute mark leaving the listener with a desire for more music having not overstayed nor overstated itself. Brevity often has the tendency to be understated as well; fortunately, Profanatica has provided an experience which is both whole and complete.

The wholly modern production provides depth, body and character while achieving a wholly unique aesthetic character; it is a high mark for the genre. This record manages to remain full and organic while retaining the clarity you expect from a digitally produced and recorded album.

Initially this material and the preceding EP Sickened By Holy Host felt dissatisfying on the rhythmic front. Profanatica is long known for Ledney's idiosyncratic, almost ritualistic but highly energetic drumming. The near absence of said during initial impressions implied that he became bored or lazy on this record. Overtime it becomes clear how out of place that sort of drumming would sound next to the rest of the music: awkward and distracting. Though a shadow of its former self, the instrument is well integrated into each track, forgiving any broken links to the past.

Compared to the preceding album, the bass has lost its dominant position in favor of a highly melodic approach which leaves the instrument in a subservient role but not neglected. As a skeleton, it serves its purposes in a supportive role which only occasionally accents the motif.

The uncomfortable nature of many individual riffs are intensely off-putting initially; but perhaps that is the point. This record isn't about hate nor does it wish to impart any morbid pleasure on its audience. This record is a celebration through mockery and arrogance. It jeers more than it is meant to jab. In a way, Thy Kingdom Cum is a reflection on the achievements of black metal, but it also takes noticeable stabs at its conventions. Familiar genre tropes are contorted and conceived as oppositional where the target of ridicule is no longer merely Christianity, but metal itself.

Thy Kingdom Cum is black metal the way nobody wanted to hear it; marking a return to the same sense of purpose which drove Profanatica’s pseudo debut in the form of Havohej’s brilliant 1993 Dethrone the Son of God - which mostly consisted of re-recorded Profanatica tracks. While rest of the scene languishes in misguided traditionalism, failed revivalism and sterile experimentation, Thy Kingdom Cum manages to harvest one of the last hanging fruits of its genre. 9/10