1. Profanity – The Art Of Sickness
Like Atheist and Death fucking Suffocation in the ear-hole, Germany’s Profanity spanked tech death metal red raw with The Art Of Sickness, their first album in over 17 years!
With a progressive thrash flavour spicing up the deathly mayhem, Profanity harnessed the old-school sounds of the aforementioned Atheist and Death and dragged them, kicking and screaming, into the present.
With sublime technical precision, “Who Leaves Stays” particularly boggled the mind, stop-starting more often than a learner driver on a steep hill while throwing in jazzy shapes and bowel-loosening growls to deliver the most varied blast of clinical tech-death imaginable.
Basically, The Art Of Sickness was pure class and you could gorge on this beast for days and never tire of it. The likes of “Recreating Bliss” – which featured Terrance Hobbs (Suffocation) and Ricky Myers (Disgorge, ex-Suffocation) – operated as sensory overload, offering more ideas in one song than the entire deathcore brigade could muster between them.
While other tech death bands may have been pushing the envelope and taking the genre into new realms, it was the relative ‘simplicity’ (not a term used lightly) of The Art Of Sickness that stood it out from the pack….these guys weren’t showing off, they were finessing a style of death metal they themselves helped create.
One of Germany’s best kept death metal secrets may have made us wait a LONG time for this but patience was well and truly rewarded…..the best technical death metal album of 2017 and no doubt!
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