Lurking in the temple

Black Temple Below is an obscure project made by a bunch of guys who also play in bands like Cancer Spreading, Jesus Ain’t In Poland, Adamennon, Campus Sterminii, Austerity and Terror Firmer. For those familiar with those bands, a lot of name are recognizable and can be connected to the scene of Emilia Romagna, dwelling in the grindcore and crust area. When those bands collide is not hard to expect a speed fest but Black Temple Below will crush your espectations, because you will be assaulted by a monolithic dose of (reltively) slow and gnawing songs.
First of all, the concept. With titles such as “Beyond the Cosmic Depths”, “Mountains of Iconoclasm” or “Following the Path of Nihil” you can expect a deep love for the darkness and everything that’s obscure and, somewhat, cyclopic (at least in the measure of a man facing the big spaces around him). The constant reference to temples, mountains, dimensions, depths and so on adds a strong Lovecraftian vibe to the tunes. There’s even a song called “The Feast Of Eihort”, Eihort being a deity from Campbell cycle of stories revolving around the Chtulhu Mythos.
But let’s talk about music. As I’ve said above, this demo dwells mostly in the “slow” region of extreme music, with heavy and downtuned slow riffs and majestic drumming. The bass isn’t as distorted as I expected while vocals are almost always stuck to a deep growl, not far from the Chris Reifert’s one. Autopsy can come to your mind while listening to this, especially some episodes from Mental Funeral, like “Dead”. There’s a strong and creepy vibe flowing through the songs, enhanching their occult nature. Speaking of influences, I can point out bands like Hooded Menace, Moss or Mausoleum. Heavy, helltuned and crushing death metal with slow tempos, long riffs and a strange lysergic vibe. Yeah, lysergic. Some passages, like a weird arpeggio in “Mountains of Iconoclasm” or the amazing guitar work in “Lysergic Sacred Dimension” can be reconnected to some variations on the Electric Wizard or Acid Witch theme (take my words loosely, it’s just a matter of feelings).
Anyway, this record can sound a little bit too heavy and monolithic at a first listening but, believe me, it’s the kind of music that can only grow on you, like the moss on a tombstone. If you’re a fan of the bands playing a great mix of doom and death metal and you have a photo of Reifert in your wallet, well, Black Temple Below can be a great discovery.

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~ by petetheripper on February 27, 2012.

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