Profane and the Sacred
Chapter 1: ‘A Long Time Coming’ Label : Independent Release Date 23rd Feb
"Along Time Coming" is the debut release from London rockers Profane and Sacred , and what a debut it is, " A Long Time Coming" will appeal to fans of Metallic infused Stoner Rock , its cutting and chugging guitars take you on a journey of heavy endless grooves.
This London quartet travel the well worn track of Doom /Stoner expressions and emotions with this album , so the question is do they deliver something different ? The answer is an empathic YES!
I have had this album a while now and have been playing it daily, trying to get to grips with the right words to do justice to this piece of work, as I am not the biggest Stoner Rock fan to be honest, but have found this album to be something quite exceptional , gripping and have become hooked on listening to this opus while I have gone about my daily work.
Opening with a classical guitar "Bench" transforms into a heavy, thudding, rolling opener that rocks it's way down the tracks with some Delicious guitar solos mixed in with Luke Allessons gritty and powerful vocals this track is an eight minute extravaganza.
"Bleed That Stone" is jammed full of infectious riffs and sees Allesson sing , bawl and deliver some telling lyrics, in fact "Bleed That Stone" would make an excellent tattoo as this song penetrates your skin and stays with you forever.
Kieran Smiths drums are machine gunned into action as "You Know" opens into a catchy number that flows and kicks into some other wordly vibes as the song comes to its finality.
"Weather The Storm" is a touch on the progressive side and is an effective number, like the previous track running over seven minutes, its a metal tempest that twists , turns and bombards your mind.
"From The Top" is the first single from this opus and its easy to see why, its got everything this band is about contained here, its heavy , deep stoner vibes are instantly effective it has you nodding your head and moving straight away, its hot to trot! seeing the acid rain fall it burns you, and keeps you coming back for more!
"All For None" is doomtastic with Bass Player Rob Taylor and Rick Spooners guitarmanship shining stronger than the sun in a tropical heatwave it has heavy brooding lyrics this is possibly one of the highlights , or is it ?! difficult to say really as they all stand out! "Just A Little" took a few listens to fully appreciate if am honest, but yeah it gets there.
Okay "Words" for me is the highlight on here, this is such an addictive tune , its overpowering and takes you on a magic carpet ride as middle eastern vibes are unleashed in the mid section of the song.
"New Leaf" is an instrumental that's delicate and reflective qualities flow into the room while the Profane and Sacred powerhouse is still there in its presence this is a track to chill and transfix you.
To sum up this is a record that's meant to be played at full volume, its a statement of intent to rock and kick the music industry into submission. I hope to hell "its not a "Long Time Coming" for the bands follow up, as these guys deliver some mean riffs and devilish grooves on this debut and I cant wait for more!
Review: Seb Di Gatto Score:9/10
Profane And The Sacred are:
Luke Alleeson – Vocals / guitars
Rick Spooner – Guitars
Rob Taylor – Bass guitar
Kieran Smith – Drums