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Profane Omen - "Destroy!" (CD)

Profane Omen - "Destroy!" CD cover image

"Destroy!" track listing:

1. A Force To Be Reckoned With
2. Wastehead
3. Predator
4. Feed On The Wasted
5. Escape / Traceless
6. Bad Dreams
7. Acedia
8. Bound To Strive
9. Zombie Riders

Reviewed by on November 10, 2011

"This is an album that shows great musicianship and passion, from the vocals to the crisp guitars and flawless blastbeats."

Profane Omen recently celebrated its third full length release “Destroy!” this past September. These guys have their traditions set in melodic death metal, however this album can’t be labeled under such a limiting category! We have an album with ten songs, and arguably ten unique styles.

The first track on the album, “A Force to be Reckoned With,” is bouncy, brutal, and damn likely to get stuck in your head for days. The songs flow effortlessly from upbeat rock while still being very riffy, to Pantera-sounding vocals that wrench at your soul. Jules Näveri goes from dirty to clean and never sacrifices quality or sound, something that makes him stand out from many other vocalists in metal.

To make the whole album even more interesting are the two slower songs, “Acedia” and “Feed on the Wasted.” These are two tracks in which the songwriting versatility is clearly shown. On earlier songs in the album we have this recurring thrashy, groovy vibe, whereas these ones are downright ballad-y. “Acedia” starts off with a touch of bluesy guitars in the beginning to keep it flowing, and keyboards that beautifully complement the song. Midway through the song breaks into a chorus with heavy guitars and vocals that break your heart just enough to make the song a favorite. The track quickly turns with a very rock ‘n’ roll influenced guitar solo, and ends on a high note.

Every song on this album captures the raw energy and passion of a live show, and manages just the right levels of production to keep it clear, but far from being overdone. Profane Omen does a beautiful job of integrating thrash metal and hard rock into the brutal death metal setting, in a way that’s bound to leave many different listeners content and wanting much more. “Zombie Riders” nicely finishes the album, starting out with these deep growls that truly make you wonder if that was the same Finn on all the other songs.

Throughout the album it’s easy to see where Profane Omen has drawn inspiration from, as fans of bands like Pantera and Metallica will enjoy this release tremendously. This is an album that shows great musicianship and passion, from the vocals to the crisp guitars and flawless blastbeats. This is truly a diverse pool of genres brought together in one great album

Highs: A release that will please many different listeners, fans of thrash metal, death metal, or just plain rock will find a favorite in "Destroy!"

Lows: I could stand to hear some longer songs, sometimes I was left wanting more.

Bottom line: A damn good and well rounded release which will become a well loved addition to any metal lovers collection.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)