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Dark Funeral: De Profundis Clamavi ad te Domine Live in South America 2003

Recorded on a highly successful sweep through South America in 2003, De Profundis Clamavi ad te Domine is the first ever live CD from Swedish Black metal veterans Dark Funeral. The band has been unleashing their satanic fury for almost 10 years now, which in this genre is a true testament to their longevity and staying power, so they must be doing something right. The whole thing began in 1996 with their first full length CD The Secrets of The Black Arts, which was produced by the one of the true movers and shakers in European extreme metal, Peter Tagtgren from Hypocrisy.

The band delivers a smoldering, intense and unrelenting live set for their rabid fans, one that touches on all aspects of the bands back catalogue- think of it as a "best of" Dark Funeral only in a live setting. The band is introduced and as the intro "Bleed for Satan" unfolds you can here the volume begin to rise in the audience as these maniacal fans anxiously await the arrival of their heroes. As far as sound goes, this is very good sounding disc and I think it captures all the mayhem of a Dark Funeral show and the crowd is egged on between songs by vocalist and master of ceremonies Emperor Magus Caligula. The problem however, is the actual songs themselves as the amount of redundancy and lack of variation is just too much to stomach for this listener. Every song is seemingly faster then the next, with the emphasis on plenty of double bass drum work. The band does give its fans a full performance and as far as this genre of music goes Dark Funeral are probably one of the best in the game, if you're one of the bands legion, you will probably want to add this one to your collection.

Track Listing
1) Intro - Bleed for Satan
2) The Arrival of Satan's Empire
3) An Apprentice of Satan
4) The Dawn of No More Rises
5) Thy Legions Come
6) Hail Murder
7) Goddess of Sodomy
8) The Secrets of the Black Arts
9) Vobiscum Satanas
10) Shadows over Transylvania
11) Open the Gates
12) Ineffable Kings of Darkness
13) Thus I Have Spoken
14) My Dark Desires
15) Armegeddon Finally Comes

Added: April 25th 2007
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: Official Band Website
Hits: 3544
Language: english

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Dark Funeral: De Profundis Clamavi ad te Domine Live in South America 2003
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-04-25 10:08:59
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If you are a loyal Dark Funeral fan, De Profundis Clamavi ad te Domine Live in South America 2003 will certainly be the ultimate live album from your beloved black metal band. Recorded in South America in 2003, this release offers up 14 blistering Dark Funeral classics, and in a way also serves as a good introduction to those new to the band as it covers many of their best songs from throughout their history. Raging pieces like "The Arrival of Satan's Empire", "Hail Murder", "Dawn No More Rises", "Armageddon Finally Comes", and the blasphemous "Vobiscum Satanas" pummel with relentless blast beats, icy, razor sharp guitar riffs, and blood curdling vocals. While much of Dark Funeral's repertoire somewhat falls into similar territory (a trap that many black metal acts fall into) they do mix things up on occasion, as on the pounding "Goddess of Sodomy", a slower, more grueling number with thick riffs, ringing chords, and crushing rhythms.

Dark Funeral might not be for everyone, but as far as brutal black metal goes, they are one of the leaders of the genre. This live set will give you a good glimpse into what they are all about and how they come across on stage. Once you've heard this, try and experience them in person the next time they come to your town.

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