"Profundemonium" (Napalm Records America; 2001)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

“Profundemonium” is Trail Of Tears’ second release and the first to really spark the interest of fans and critics alike the world over. Trail Of Tears mix symphonic metal with elements of speedy melodic black metal, female vocals, and choir vocals has proven to be a satisfying mix for a wide variety of metal fanatics.

While it can be said that the style of angelic female vocals and growling male vocals was really pushed by Theatre Of Tragedy, many of that band’s followers have taken the new style to creative heights not imagined only a few years ago. The symphonic elements found in black metal’s sonically dense offerings is the solid foundation that Trail Of Tears uses to build their sound. From there, Trail Of Tears keep adding layers and layers of vocals, lush keyboards, quiet moments, and gothic touches. Overall the pacing is mid-paced, but not redundant.

The lyrics often tread the fragile internal thoughts of a troubled soul – there are dark places in people’s psyches that are unpleasant to visit, but Trail Of Tears tread with aplomb and confidence to expose these thoughts and feelings.

Superb production makes “Profundemonium” a pleasant as well as a compelling listen. “Profundemonium” is stark and striking – well worth seeking out.

I’d tell you who was in Trail Of Tears but the liner notes are a fuzzy haze with double overlaid graphics (no I haven’t been drinking). It looks cool, but I’d be damned if I can actually read it.

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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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