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Bleak Reflection

De Profundis

Sony

Rs 199, rating: HHHH

Like all things, the album begins with silence, and then the sound of the piano creeps in. Violins and guitars follow, bringing about a haunting melody that sets the stage for an album that will definitely not put a spring in your step.

After the instrumental intro on The Ephemeral Burden, guitar riffs and drums paint a post-apocalyptic picture in Ablaze in Autumn's Fire. The lyrics make you imagine the Reaper standing in triumph, as he takes a long look at a landscape littered with bodies. It's that kind of an album.

Bleak Reflection, which comes two years after the UK-based band's 2007 debut Beyond Redemption, puts you in the dumps, then holds you there. The vocals by Craig Land, who sounds eerily like Type O Negative's Peter Steele, work effectively in the doom metal direction. While Cease to Be is the last cry of a dying man, Nocturnal Splendour comes across like an ode to extinction, beautiful in its surrealism. Cold is the Grave, quite obviously, speaks of what happens to a body after it is returned to dust.

In February 2009, De Profundis performed the opening act for Iron Maiden during the Rock in India fest in Bangalore. They return to the country this month, with concerts in Bangalore and Chennai. If you are looking for gloom, book your tickets.

jimmy.jacob@expressindia.com

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