Svart Crown
Profane


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
May 8th, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 05/21/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Things are looking grim…

It’s primal, infectious and alive enough to rip your face off. That’s right Svart Crown is back with another release, captivating in its glory without compromising that ultimate heaviness we have all come to love. Sure, this has been done and done again but there is something in how “Profane” manages to combine, swell and transform into this working force of a record.

Thankfully, nothing is lost in terms of this violent, ferocious opus, and this French extreme metal act restores a faith in the angriest of metal genres. Svart Crown combines each track like an integral system. Think a heart pumping blood to each part of the body, “Profane” brings every little section, every track together preventing the album from become a tedious and some-what tiring exercise in metal. With all these positives, sometimes it is hard to find a logical fault. The only downside to be had with this album is its slightly same-y sounding features. That’s more or less to be expected, despite the album’s technical air, “Profane” isn’t trying to be anything that could be considered innovative and in no way does the album think out of the box, instead Svart Crown’s 2013 offering stays steadily between the proverbial lines and comes out with an album that’s ultimately at the top of the band’s catalogue in terms of quality.

At this point it’s important to note that this is not your everyday metal record. There’s not a mindless wall of noise crashing into the listeners’ ears instead the music is intricate, brooding, tumultuous making use of the band members’ rather verbose musical ability. I’m not saying that this is a journey into the quiet reaches of noise, it’s still loud and in your face, but the music shows a thought in the creative process that allows this record to shine it its murky and dark manner. With all this talk of “crushing”, “in your face”, and “heaviness” it’s worth a moment to figure out where everything is coming from. Sure, the usual members do what they do best, but the band seems revitalised as a whole by their new stick master. Muller brings a whole new dimension to the music but remains true to the stereotypical blast beats and double bass sections. While he manages to give the usual extreme metal performance, Muller shines on his own accord, lifting the game and intensity of the album.

Take “Intern. Virus. Human” for example; not only does the track bounce between rhythmic slamming but it also manages to bring in a creative melodic element that would usually go unnoticed. The track is rather catchy for a death slam fest but the fact of the matter is that Svart Crown have built on the fundamentals and even allowed the brooding atmosphere of the album take over. Overall, it would be easy to write this record as “just another Svart Crown album” but that would be lazy and only a half truth. Svart Crown has found a sound that culminates the intensity of the band’s early years, adding a maturity level of an experienced, veteran outfit. If the outlook was as grim as this French metal forces music, Svart Crown are sure to excel, you might not hear anything ground breaking or new on “Profane” but it’s well worth a visit every day of the year 2013.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2013


7110 Comments


Originally, http://wp.me/p3pYpS-50



Toondude10
May 7th 2013


4173 Comments


Nice review man! Might check these guys out sometime.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2013


7110 Comments


Thanks dude, i tried something way more conversational than i usual's do. They're definitely worth giving a shot

PunchforPunch
May 7th 2013


6280 Comments


sexy artwork

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2013


7110 Comments


i thought so ; ]

spillingmercury
May 8th 2013


877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh man, I forgot this came out.

Glad to see this is getting good reviews though, I'll have to get it sometime this week.
So I'm assuming from your review that this is much like their old stuff, or at least those in their genre, but more expansive/well put together?



NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2013


7110 Comments


", but more expansive/well put together? "

This bit

PunchforPunch
May 8th 2013


6280 Comments


you liar

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2013


7110 Comments


who does

TheSpirit
May 8th 2013


17944 Comments


band is bland

Raz0rGrind23
May 8th 2013


423 Comments


Excellent review my good sir. Going to check this out.

Raz0rGrind23
May 8th 2013


423 Comments


'isn’t trying to be anything that could be considered innovative and in no way does the album think out of the box'

Maybe I'm getting old but I'm tending to see this in all the reviews I read on this site. Granted I'm guilty of posting this as well but still seems like things are getting a bit tired and tried.

zaruyache
May 16th 2013


6983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Butts.

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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2013


1900 Comments


Very solid album. In my opinion the first three songs were not as good as the ones that followed like the brilliant 'In Utero...' or 'Until the last breath', and for that reason it probably took me a while to actually get into the band's sound. The production can be kinda muddy sometimes but it doesn't take away from the excellent instrumentation that goes on here. The rhythm section is worked really well, making songs like the title track and 'The therapy of flesh' (which for me is a little too long) all the more consistent. Svart Crown are yet another french band who I've recently liked.

Hawks
June 29th 2013


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is good stuff. Still can't believe how great this year has been and we're only halfway through.

zaruyache
July 13th 2013


6983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Listened through this again it seems like these guys went on a serious Ulcerate bender before writing this album. Good thing, too.

ToMMyMiL16
October 18th 2013


261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album cover is so beast! m/

ChuckyTruant
September 5th 2014


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this rules

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Gestapo
September 5th 2014


728 Comments


yea this has tets

zaruyache
September 5th 2014


6983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'm not normally big on death metal but this ruled pretty hard.



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