Funeral Doom Friday: A Decade of PROFETUS and Coronation of the Black Sun/Saturnine
Finally, the weekend is upon us. What better way to kick it off than with the latest installment of "Funeral Doom Friday". For those who are new to this column; each week features a new or classic album from the realm of extreme doom. Much of funeral/death doom's might comes from an oppressive emotional weight and the use of death or black metal motifs (played at a trudging pace, of course.) Pioneers like Mournful Congregation, Evoken, and Esoteric have mastered this blend of dirge and destruction. For 25 years, they have methodically built compositions that stretch for dozens of minutes all while keeping fans enthralled. Time has elapsed since the days of Thergothon and much like the world around us, the genre has evolved. Today's modern bands contort the very construct of the genre, breeding darkly refreshing new work. Their work thankfully gives this column plenty of material to share.
This past April marked the tenth anniversary of Finland's Profetus first recorded output. The group, which boasts members of Tyranny and more recently, Arche, unveiled their demo Saturnine a decade ago. They followed it up two years later with their first full-length album, Coronation of the Black Sun. The latter of the two remains a celebrated offering in Finland's funeral doom scene. So how does a band celebrate ten years of music properly? For Profetus, their demo and debut full-length will be remastered by the renowned Weird Truth Productions. The newly redone version features two discs. The first disc is Coronation of the Black Sun in its entirety while the second disc contains Saturnine as well as a live version of "Blood of Saturn", the closing track to Coronation of the Black Sun. The re-release certainly comes with great excitement. Profetus's early works are excellent efforts worthy numerous listens.
Pick up a copy of the two-disc reissue now from Weird Truth and make sure to follow the band on Facebook. One might suspect that something new might be on the horizon hopefully. This is purely speculative, however. Keep your eyes and ears peeled though.