Temple of Void - Of Terror and the Supernatural - (8.5/10)
Published on September 8, 2014
Temple of Void is a new doom/death project whose debut album, entitled Of Terror and the Supernatural, will be released on September 30th, 2014. Of Terror and the Supernatural is a monstrous debut for the Detroit-based group and gives fans of doom/death a new band to follow.
Temple of Void plays a decidedly raw, dirty version of doom/death that mixes slow, chunky doom riffs with up-tempo, chugging death metal. Bands like Autopsy and Incantation are fairly obvious influences, as opposed to the more melodic, gothic-tinged version of the style. That’s not to say Temple of Void is completely devoid of melody or memorable moments. On the contrary, Of Terror and the Supernatural is full of dread-inspiring atmospheres and subtle melodies.
Guitarists Eric Blanchard and Alex Awn do an excellent job of keeping the mood oppressively dark, with bursts of dual harmonies on songs like “Rot in Solitude” and “Invocation of Demise” that give the material a sense of urgency which contrasts nicely with rumbling, bass-heavy rhythm section of drummer Jason Pearce and bassist Brent Satterly. Production wise almost everything is solid; my only complaint is that I wish the toms were a little deeper. This is only a minor issue, as the songs themselves are very strong and memorable.
A special word also needs to be said about Mike Erdody’s vocals. He possesses a deep, cavernous roar that is also quite intelligible. His vocals are at times reminiscent of Akerfeldt’s and they propel what would have already been a solid debut outing into another league. He flat out dominates on Of Terror and the Supernatural and his higher-pitched work on “Beyond the Ultimate” is sickening in the best way. Lyrically, Of Terror and the Supernatural is influenced by classic horror films; “Bargain in Death” features a sample from the 1973 British film “The Vault of Horror” that is a nice touch, as it actually compliments the song, rather than just being tacked on at the beginning or end.
Temple of Void is not necessarily doing anything new on Of Terror and the Supernatural. Similar bands, including Hooded Menace and Decrepitaph come to mind. Instrumental “To Carry the Corpse Evermore” sounds very much like fellow Midwestern act Novembers Doom. However, Temple of Void is certainly not a clone of any of these bands or their influences and they succeed in doing the only two things that really matter; they inject enough songwriting nuances to stand out from their peers and they conjure up sufficiently dark, morbid atmospheres. Simply put, this is a band to watch for.