Profanatica
Putrescence of... aka As Tears of Blood Stain the


3.5
great

Review

by TheSpirit CONTRIBUTOR (144 Reviews)
February 4th, 2018 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the original enemies of virtue

Black metal landed on the shores of the United States during the early 80’s in the form of four burly football-y looking dudes from Los Angeles, but it wasn’t until 1990 when drummer Paul Ledney exited then death metal up-and-comers Incantation that it really found a vessel in this country. Though the seeds of Norway’s infamous second wave were also sprouting at this time, Profanatica’s birth and claim of the term “black metal” was essentially unrelated and unaware of its sister scene gestating in the East. And it’s because of this that Profanatica took the sound of their spiritual ancestors and contorted it into their own visage of black metal, equally as blasphemous but tonally distinct from their European cousins. The Norwegian’s large[r] scale extracurriculars certainly directed most of the world's attention to Scandinavia, but Profanatica were scandalous in their own way, wielding depravity and vulgarity to evoke a more guttural and repulsive sound than their wight-ly relatives.

And repulsive really is the only way to describe Putrescence of... / As Tears of Blood Stain the Altar of Christ. It's the sound of pure black metal filtered through musicians who had played thrash and death metal for the last decade. Profanatica’s hellish rumble may not have had the mystical atmosphere of their Norwegian counterparts, but it was covered in just as much piss and *** as the musicians who performed it. Which by the way, was a lot. "The Raping of Angels" is audial filth at its most undeterred, a subterranean snaking sewer line carrying tuneless tremolos and phlegmy rasps in its current. It perhaps wasn't the first time these elements - doom-y Celtic Frost dirges, Hellhammer-esque satanic invocations and Sarcofago-like bestiality - have tortured ears, but it certainly up to this point was the most extreme. Despite all inclinations to simplify and disgust this was a boundary pushing sound at the time, a convocation of undesirable traits that would soon define a burgeoning movement already in the making.

It's been near thirty years since Putrescence of... / As Tears of Blood Stain the Altar of Christ debuted, and though it's not even close to American black metal's finest hour - or even Profanatica's - it is still essential to USBM's canon. The exact origins of black metal in America has been and always be will be hotly debated; Chalk it up to poor record keeping or the underground actually achieving its goal of exclusion to the "unworthy". But no matter what conversation is being had, Profanatica's name is always in the running, and it was Putrescence… that put them there.



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Astral Abortis
February 4th 2018


6736 Comments


best band ever

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2018


23890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The first part of an ongoing review/(hopefully if I can muster it) blog series detailing the history of USBM, which at this point has yet to really be cataloged into one source. It's pretty short, but the EP is only two songs and I was hoping more to capture the significance of this release more than the sound. Let me know how I did!

tastepolice
February 4th 2018


269 Comments


looking forward to the rest

zaruyache
February 4th 2018


19344 Comments


...series detailing the history of USBM...

/me likes, shares, and subscribes

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2018


23890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thx bbs

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2018


8768 Comments


Mindpos

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2018


11514 Comments


Awesome review man, looking forward to the rest of this series.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2018


23890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks brother m/

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2018


1615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dope review, awesome to see that you are so passionate about this, making an overarching piece on Sput sounds like a super interesting idea.

This tape absolutely bangs.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2018


23890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Bloon m/ It took me forever, but I discovered your Profanatica review the other day and it ruled. Glad someone else enjoys their blaspheming as much as I do. m/ m/

Astral Abortis
February 5th 2018


6736 Comments


band is cum on a bible/10


EphemeralEternity
February 5th 2018


3125 Comments


I had a hunch that this was a metal album before i even heard it

Astral Abortis
February 5th 2018


6736 Comments


What gave it away?

EphemeralEternity
February 5th 2018


3125 Comments


mainly the fact that TheSpirit was reviewing it

Astral Abortis
February 5th 2018


6736 Comments


You'll be in for a shock when you get around to hearing Blink 182 then

EphemeralEternity
February 5th 2018


3125 Comments


i'm not going that far down the rabbit hole. i'm a metal dilettante, only really listen to it to try my luck with the 20 or so gaunt/obese pasty pierced arrogant maverick-complex harboring bishes y'know

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2018


23890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

awwww .... i'm associated w/metal ... happy days

Relinquished
February 5th 2018


37929 Comments


pretty much since u joined yea lol

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2018


23890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Somebodies gotta keep the faith



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