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Profanity - Hatred Hell Within

Every hell has its thorn. - 77%

hells_unicorn, December 15th, 2016
Written based on this version: 2014, CD, Rising Nemesis Records

Times definitely have a way of changing, and the passage of over a decade with no studio activity can make for a very massive shift in creative boundaries. German old school death metal proponents Profanity were arguably set at an inopportune time to be in the traditional business, though to be technical their fairly respectable debut Shadows To Fall could be best qualified as quasi-traditional given its close proximity to the jazzy, progressively tinged yet still heavy and nasty style that typified Death's Individual Thought Patterns, but even then their less than plain approach came about four years too late to be considered the handiwork of trailblazers. Nevertheless, Profanity is a band that dealt in a highly competent and fun take on death metal that was appropriate to the time, and the massive change in character of sound that defines their 2014 EP Hatred Hell Within is definitely accredit to the wildly different style typical to the time period.

To this band, keeping up with the times translates into getting bit by the Necrophagist bug a decade after Epitaph came into being, complete with the noodling tech. leads that are maybe a bit less intergalactic sounding than most but still off-kilter, wild bass work that rivals the guitars out of the Beyond Creation model, and an ever expanding song structure approach that all but comes off as randomly conceived. This doesn't quite cross over into being outright tech. death though, as the meat and potatoes of these songs is a bit closer to a somewhat more asymmetrical variation on Suffocation. This tendency towards a more early 90s conservative sound amid the craziness is best typified on the shorter opening song "Melting", which even finds itself in atmospheric keyboard territory at its tail end like a brief nod to Death's Human amid a litany of Pierced From Within elements, whereas the other two songs found on here are much longer and more technically centered after the mold of Necrophagist and Decrepit Birth.

The adage of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks definitely doesn't apply to this band as every member that was involved in Shadows To Fall is present on this album and sounding like they're a much younger fold trying to introduce a more traditionally centered mode of brutality to the generation that gravitated to deathcore. Even though it lacks all of the distinctive quirks of a deathcore album, it's definitely dressed up in a manner that would make it appealing to just about every end of the present death metal persuasion. It's something of a well rounded album, relative to a style that generally defines itself as being the exact opposite. At times it gets a little hard to follow given how ambitious it is, but anyone who took to the present trifecta of brutality, technicality and modernity, yet still has an awareness of how things were about 20 years ago, would do well to look here.