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Slow and sloppy bm from the mid-'90s - 66%

Byrgan, December 19th, 2010

There was a growing collection of black metal groups that were playing slow to midpaced in Brazil in the '90s, such as Amen Corner and Murder Rape from Parana; Mephistopheles and Goat Emperor from Rio; Asaradel from Minas Gerais; Lamentation, Lullaby and, here, Profane Creation from Sao Paulo.

The sound on "Nema" wasn't exactly recorded level across the board. Even with everything being drenched in echoey, cave-like effects, the instruments don't sound inherently uniform to each other. A lot of bands will record separately, but in the mixing stage attempt to blend the instruments as one unit. The final product here, however, sounds like it was recorded at different times and places. But, then again, the production has some backing and isn't completely hissy or thin like many black metal recordings. And when you switch tracks it's going to be similar, as others in genre can make you adjust your speaker volume to compensate.

Profane Creation fiendlishly grabbed up some direct structure from the dark masters themselves Samael and Bethlehem. The pacing switches between a drifting slow to a pumping midrange. The band plays with weight and aggression and then has other modes that give way to melody and mood. The guitars might palm mute deeper notes or ring out gradually moving higher strings. This is for the most part fairly simplistic but is somehow also thoroughly sloppy. A riff might be attempted with successive plucks but just isn't on top of every note with grace. There are so many mistimings that it becomes a general sound for Profane Creation, as opposed to another band who will slip up every now and again and make it more distracting in the long run. It gives them some charm but nothing that would win a gold trophy for personality. Where on the last demo the guitars kept it together, here, neither one is better than the other. Their hits and strokes are more approximate than precise, like they're going with rough guesses than strict precision. The vocalist is a fairly active, raspy, howling beast that at times takes on an uncanny homage to Vorphalack on Samael's "Worship Him." The song "Angel's Tears" has some eerie whispers sharing their black secrets; another has ultra loud moans that might give a heart-skipping reaction.

The intro and outro are overlong and act more as padding. "Prelude" has layered keyboards and effects with some obscured vocals lumbering on for an overanticipated three minutes. "Creatures of the Night" is their second longest at six minutes and takes about half that time playing minuscule sounds to eventually louder keyboard ambiance. Though in one respect the metal tracks work better with an average length as the two longest songs on the "Supremacy" demo could have been excised as they started to show indirection and roaming. With all of its missteps and trailing homages, Profane Creation does concentrate on enclosing a listener with atmosphere on "Nema." It's constant in this shadowy department, ranging from the drenched-in-evil effects that leave a slight trail wherever they tread to some of the nightmarishly slow speeds the band moves at.

Amen Corner was delving into something similar in the year, and then Murder Rape would play along the same lines in the next. I actually like the style and got into those mentioned band's releases, but something's missing here on "Nema," as if Profane Creation are occasionally playing catch up even with their own basic composition, such as stumbling into darkly brilliant parts or just having shaky movements in another where they're feeling around. If this was excessively violent I think it might have worked better, however, this is primarily mood-centric so it's hard to get entirely swallowed up as a result, where the style needs to be more of a moment-by-moment nod of approval. As if the band is showing one sights they may have never seen, instead of as a listener thinking how they could have made this or that different or improved.