Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Profane Order - Slave Morality

Anything that labels itself as 'bestial war metal' is going to pique my interest. The Montreal natives in Profane Order do much more than that though on their masterful new record, Slave Morality. Not only is this a monster of an album, it's a record that routinely seems to go above and beyond. The oppressive soudnscapes that they craft are delicious and it's easy to sink your teeth into the depraved unreality painted here. This is a record that invites the listener into a hellish soundscape and then suffocates them with riffs.

On Slave Morality Profane Order have birthed unto us something truly depraved and fascinating. It's a twisted look into the human psyche from a band who are eager to explore the darker side of things. The reverb laden vocals and surging black metal riffs come across furious and angry. the off kilter solos on tracks like Entranced (By The Morning Star) are barely coherent - which is exactly what makes them so compelling. The guitar tone is especially interesting - it has a sort of blank faced and wonderfully horrific darkness that ensure the listener is going to stay morbidly fascinated with what Profane Order are bringing to the table.

Montreal has a really interesting black metal scene going right now driven by folks like Gatekeeper Productions and Messe Des Morts. Slave Morality is another masterful entry into the Montreal metal canon. It is a bleak and unforgiving listen, oftentimes as bichromatic as its album cover. It's stripped down and demented, but in many ways I think that's what we were all looking for in the first place. If you can't get behind that level of glorious depravity then perhaps bestial war metal isn't the genre for you.

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