Dark Funeral, "De Profundis Clamavi ad te Domine"
Dark Funeral are back to remind us they still exist, as it has been far too long since 2001's Diabolis Interium, a much-respected album in my household. However they have decided to do it in a live fashion instead of with a new studio album, although one is apparently coming soon. Not soon enough, and on an unrelated note where in the hell is the new Sodom record? Sorry, this has vexed me for a bit, back to our corpsepainted friends. This was actually recorded in 2003 when the band was still touring for Diabolis, so the set list is heavily skewed towards it. There are six songs from Diabolis on here, three from the Dark Funeral EP, three from Vobiscum Satanas and two from The Secrets of the Black Arts. The set runs about an hour, which is a pretty good amount for them, I wish they would have had that long when I saw them a few years ago. The first thing I noticed on this was this has the best drum sound of anything I've ever heard from them before. The kick drum is absolute murder, and I love it. The songs are all played flawlessly and the rest of the sound is quite good too. This album also has more bass on it, which prevents the chainsaw guitars from puncturing your eardrum as they occasionally did on the studio albums. If you are a Dark Funeral fan then this is a must have, and if you don't really know these guys then this is the perfect place to start. I hope the new studio album sounds this good. Sorry, but the sound quality on this blew me away. I also liked hearing the crowd between songs adapt an old football chant, or soccer to us Americans even though American football has much less foot on ball action. Anyway the chant went, Olay! Olay! Olay! Dark Fu! Neral! It is interesting to hear crowd reactions from other countries, though the Chileans sounded no less rabid than anyone. Then again let's hear you stay calm during The Arrival of Satan's Empire. Well, what are you doing still reading this, go get the album you silly person.K.Huckins