Hometown: London, UK
Genres: Metal / Death Metal / Progressive Metal
Members: Craig Land – Vocals, Shoi Sen – Guitar, Paul Nazarkardeh – Guitar, Arran McSporran – Bass, Tom Atherton – Drums

Formed in 2005, London’s De Profundis started life playing a haunting blend of Doom and Death metal. Self-releasing their full-length debut “Beyond Redemption” to critical acclaim in 2007, the band wasted no time in making themselves known as a live experience to be reckoned with. Gigging extensively in their native United Kingdom, they went on to stun audiences at Bloodstock Open Air, March Metal Day in Greece, and by 2009 were supporting Iron Maiden in India, resulting in a 2 album deal with Sony India. Despite these explosive beginnings, various line-up changes combined with the band’s disillusionment with the stagnant Doom scene saw them distance themselves from it in favour of a greater challenge.

2010 saw the release of “A Bleak Reflection”, which was picked up by Kolony Records (Ita). Colossal in scope and far more progressive in nature, the album presented a new sound for the band, showcasing superior musicianship and songwriting while retaining the sombre, melodic atmosphere that defined their debut. Countless shows followed, including the UK’s Infernal Damnation, Portugal’s Ilha do Ermal Festival, a European tour supporting Ragnarok (Nor) and a triumphant return to India for a headlining tour, which included playing as co-headliners with Lacuna Coil to 30,000 people at the Kingfisher Octoberfest in 2010. A 14 date Eastern European tour supporting Rotting Christ followed in 2011.

The boundaries pushed on ‘A Bleak Reflection’ were well and truly broken altogether in 2012 by the band’s third opus “The Emptiness Within”, once again released by Kolony Records. After years of honing their art, the sound of De Profundis was streamlined into concise, technical cacophonies that fused ferocious Blackened Death metal with ethereal progressive overtones. The band would film their first promo video for the song “Twisted Landscapes” before storming Germany’s Rockharz festival, supporting Endstille (Ger) on their UK tour, spending 2 weeks supporting Marduk and Immolation throughout Europe and embarking on a UK headlining tour of their own.

In March 2014, De Profundis began recording their next 2 releases: a 4 track EP entitled “Frequencies” which was released in June 2014, followed by the bands fourth album “Kingdom of the Blind”. The “Frequencies” EP received a fantastic reaction from fans and press alike, opening a door into the new scathingly aggressive yet intricate and refined music that will be revealed on the new full-length.

In July 2014 De Profundis embarked on a UK tour supporting India’s Demonic Resurrection and in August, 6 years after their first Bloodstock appearance in 2008, De Profundis descended upon the Sophie Lancaster stage to prove that they are a force within UK’s Extreme Metal scene that cannot and will not be ignored. Later that month they went on the road again to be main support to Death Metal legends Malevolent Creation on their European tour.

2015 has turned out to be an eventful year for De Profundis, beginning with a UK tour as main support to Omnium Gatherum in February. Later that month De Profundis smashed the Zero Tolerance Readers Poll, with their Frequencies EP being voted as the number 1 “Best Self-Release” of 2014 and Arran McSporran being voted into the top ten “Best Bassist 2014”. In April the band played their first Spanish gigs when headlining their own tour of Spain.

The band’s hotly anticipated fourth album “Kingdom of the Blind” will be released worldwide through Wickerman records on 28th September 2015. The album pushes the boundaries of what people expect from De Profundis and is their fastest and most brutal material to date. The album has already been receiving rave reviews from many publications, including the band’s first full 10/10. Tour plans in support of the new album will be released very shortly.

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