When in the summer of 2013 I found on the net the debut demo of Temple Of Void, I unbalanced myself on their skills without actually risking more than much, since for ears sufficiently trained to listen to these sounds was quite easy to guess what were the potentialities of the combo from Detroit. It’s enough to listen to the dozen minutes in which the initial The Embalmer’s Art and Savage Howl run out to be crushed in an inexorable way by the sound wall erected by ours, inserted inside a death doom definitely much more oriented towards the first component but equally capable of deadly slowdowns. In fact, the exponential growth of Temple Of Void can be seen with the comparison of the three songs already present in the demo in question (the third track, Beyond The Ultimate, and the conclusive Exanimate Gaze and Bargain In Death) compared to those completely unreleased: well, the latter really have a higher impact, for which it is difficult to find adjectives that are not bombastic, thanks to a granitic riffing and a growl that has nothing to envy to the masters of the industry, such as the one exhibited by Mike Erdody. Beyond The Ultimate, perhaps the least effective among the tracks already known, while being equally well-made, looks like a crock pot crushed as it is between the monolithic Savage Howl and Invocation Of Demise, the latter, however, able to give in its descending phase references to Paradise Lost (As I Die), in my opinion anything but accidental if, in the end, one of the most natural and immediate approach for the guys from Michigan are Vallenfyre, death doom side project of Greg Mackintosh. Not only blows lavished with full hands, however, are those contained in this Of Terror And The Supernatural, as evidenced by the fine acoustic parenthesis of To Carry This Corpse Evermore, which gives way to a more cadenced and reasoned Rot In Solitude. The already known Exanimate Gaze, dragging in its second part, and the long and composite Bargain In Death, with its final entrusted to a guitar with more psychedelic tones, seal a superlative work by a band for which the only question should be placed on the type of road that will undertake in the future: will Temple Of Void do better to show the sound with more granitic connotations of The Embalmer’s Art or the more varied one of Bargain In Death? Both solutions have provided very positive results, being moreover compatible without particular forcing: nothing prevents, therefore, to continue in this modus operandi that could allow in any case the band to carve out an important space in the sector. The fact remains, however, that the first ten minutes of Of Terror And The Supernatural are those that should be made to listen to anyone who needs an injection of pure adrenaline to face and overcome the obstacles of which is dotted with the life of every day.
2014 – Rain Without End Records