Profezia – Black Misanthropic Elite – Moon Anthem

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Moribund Records
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Released: 2015
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Profezia1Band line-up:

Kvasir – All Instruments
Ynleborgaz – Drums
Domine Saevum Graven – Lyrics
M – Vocals


01 Overture Psalm
02 Poem for the Black Misanthropic Elite
03 Under a Pale Veil of Unconsciousness
04 Interlude
05 Hatred
06 Poem for the Black Misanthropic Elite
07 Bewitched
08 Hungering



Originally released all the way back in 2008, Italian Black Metal ghouls Profezia have re-released their debut album BLACK MISANTHROPIC ELITE – MOON ANTHEM on Moribund Records. And I can think of no other reason to have it re-released than it being one of the finest pieces of Italian Black Metal I’ve heard in a very long time.

Take the rawness of Taake, meld that with the melodies of Primordial and throw in lashings of Windir here and there and put in some horror themes from across the black and gothic spectrum and you have this album, which pleased me from start to finish.

At first it’s nice and rough with plenty of nice raging blast beats and by the time you get to ‘Under a Pale Veil of Unconsciousness’ you feel like you’re trapped in a mental asylum with a hysterical lunatic screaming in your ear whilst a group of music obsessed inmates try and drown out their sorrows in a barrage of tremolo picking.

This album reminded me of why I love black metal. it creates that droning whine which captures your inner self and takes your anger and anxieties and makes personifies them into a feeling that only a black metal fan can describe. It’s uplifting and disgust inducing at the same time and this band have captured just that.

The album ends on a jagged track which has elements of black n roll, so something to look up for all those Vreid fans reading this. An excellent piece of black metal from a country so laden with tales of religious abuse and violence – something to please anyone who thinks superstitions should be put to rest.

Review by Demitri Levantis