"Profanus" (Crash; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The epic roar of Iron Maiden meets the dissonance of death metal on Mystifier's latest release. The Brazilian quintet's twelve tracks of extreme metal is a tad hackneyed - many other bands in the genre seem to have a better handle in both music and presentation - yet Mystifier's old school metal charm does account for much of the group's accolades, even taking pages from the King Diamond handbook at times, such as on "Superstitious Predictions of Misfortune."

Besides the imagery and genre which Mystifier plays in, there's nothing really shocking or of much substance here, unless you're a big fan of old school thrash that falls somewhere in between Venom and Obituary. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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