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Blackguard
Profugus Mortis
November 2009
Released: 2009, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Some people might raise their eyebrows in mild skepticism about the rather abrupt name change and new stylistic direction of Quebec’s Blackguard. Formerly Profugus Mortis, hence the CD title, the band kicked out one album much more aligned in the progressive Blackened Death Metal camp, than the current offering.



Profugus Mortis, the album, is beautifully presented, with great layout, package artwork and above average lyrics. The songs are admittedly crushing, specifically the vocal work of Paul Ablaze and the humorous content of tracks like “This Rounds on Me” complement each other. Blackguard blend a distinct Canadian, particularly Quebecois perspective into an already dynamic music representation. When was the last time you heard a metal song about a logging camp in the Gatineau hills? The very short, acoustic, digi-pak bonus track, “The Journey” isn’t really that much of a bonus, oddly sequenced in the middle of the running order but ultimately serves to nicely break up the skull frying proceedings.



Have Blackguard invented a new sub-genre, Habitant Metal? I think so. Salut!
Track Listing

1. Scarlet To Snow
2. This Rounds On ME
3. Allegiance
4. I Demon
5. The Sword
6. The Journey (digipak bonus track)
7. In Time
8. Cinder
9. Vain
10. The Last We Wage

Lineup

Paul Ablaze-Vocals
Johnathan Lefrancois-Leduc- Keyboards
Terry Roadcase-Rhythm Guitars
Kim Gosselin-Lead guitars
Etienne Mailloux-Bass
Justine Ethier-Drums


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