Revealed in Profane Splendour
Symphonic Black/Death Metal
Previously playing under the moniker of Seed of Detest, UK symphonic black/death metal outfit Sidious reveals their brand new name and image, this year dropping their debut full length album Revealed in Profane Splendour. With the lineup comprising four-fifths of Eye of Solitude, yet another excellent death/doom metal band, Sidious‘ debut is surely an exciting release for fans of the aforementioned, with vocalist Daniel instead going behind the drum kit for Revealed in Profane Splendour.
That percussive, opening riffs of Sacrilegious Majesty quickly reminds one of the brutal, crushing style of bands like The Monolith Deathcult, and one instantly realises that this will be nothing like what the band has presented on Eye of Solitude. Unlike the doomish death metal of Eye of Solitude, Sidious embraces speed and intensity, with a nice symphonic backdrop to maintain an ominous atmosphere throughout Revealed in Profane Splendour. The heavy, indulgent usage of the keyboards and orchestration that is such a key element of the album quickly brought me back to my first exposure of Fleshgod Apocalypse‘s Agony release, as the band does not shy away from letting the symphonic elements take charge of the sound of the band.
Stripped of the symphonic elements, what one has is a brutal, crushing black/death metal band, as the speed maniac in each of the members show off their chops with deadly precision. Khrudd shows his abilities behind the kit, blasting through the album, as guitarists Indomitus and Isfeth keep up with him with ease. The title track also brings in that blackened element, and songs like Annihilation of Abhorrent Crescent with the shrieks, clean singing and the atmosphere bringing in some comparisons to Dimmu Borgir.
As with such symphonic releases, the production on Revealed in Profane Splendour is stellar and extremely polished, and one is reminded of the sound that Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septicflesh or even The Project Hate MCMXCIX has on their newer releases. Each element of the orchestration can be clearly heard, even if intended as part of the ambient, from the synths to the usage of horns to create that tension that one constantly feels on the album.
One may give the same complaints that records like Agony faced, with the symphony almost drowning out the rest of the instruments at times, but it is precisely this that makes Revealed in Profane Splendour such a charming release – the unabashed display of their influences on their sleeves, and the incorporating of these as part of their craft.