Country: Italy
Title: Dodekaprofeton
Label: Moribund Records
Year: 2018
Style: Black Metal

Unfortunately this is the final recording by M. the Bard (Marco de Rosa), Profezia's vocalist who was also known for his work in bands like Opera IX, Skoll or The True Endless, and who sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2017. His final work on this album is a fantastic gift to his followers, his dedication and total involvement in this work is obvious from start to finish; his vocals are so visceral, so profoundly expressive that it feels overwhelming at times (especially on the last track of this album, an 18 minutes long piece). Dodekaprofeton was composed and recorded between 2006 and 2016, and that is an interesting fact because in the meantime the band released other albums, so it's possible this one was planned and rolled over during all these years in wait for it to reach perfection, but that's just my idyllic take on this, don't take it for granted. The music is not modern in any way, it actually reminds me of the mid-end '90's Black Metal scene, mostly mid-tempo with passages of slow and fast paced rhythms, with guitar leads building the tension throughout and an excellent violin performance adding a more sinister, sombre touch rather than making it melodic. At the first spin I have to admit if flew by me and I failed noticing it's grandeur, but I'm glad I gave it a few more spins, it grew on me to a point I now consider it close to perfection (not all tracks are as good as it gets, but those that are good are actually excellent), it is such a profound, touching, emotional and obscure work that I think I'll never get bored by it. If you're looking for something innovative look elsewhere, but if you're looking for a deep lesson in occult music Dodekaprofeton is the way to go!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10