Profanatica – Rotting Incarnation of God (Season of Mist Underground Activists)
Review by Steve Thomas-Green
Profanatica first formed in 1990 after Paul Ledney and two other band members left Incantation. That version of the band split up and Paul Ledney reformed the band in 2001, with the bands debut finally surfacing in 20017. Paul Ledney is also the man behind, Havohej.
Up until recently, Profanatica hadn’t appeared on my radar, so they are a new experience for me, despite their long history. And coming from Europe, what’s branded in the promo as US Black Metal, doesn’t really sound like Black Metal to me.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely an unholy racket going on here, but to my battered ears, this is rooted in Death Metal, with the Black Metal influences mainly appearing as a side order, so to speak…
The biggest difference between the styles is the blasphemous lyrical content / anti-religious rhetoric and the more eerie atmospherics… but dress it up any way you want, there’s a lot of blasting Death going on.
So whatever we’re going to call this, it’s a powerful entity and not for the faint-hearted… If this album was around when the US were trying to flush out General Noriega in Panama back in 1989/90, he would have surrendered within the hour.
And that should give you a sense of what to expect here. Just under 40 minutes of unrelenting hate and it’s an aural battering of the highest order. So don’t overthink it, don’t pigeonhole it… just enjoy it.