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Spire - Temple of Khronos

Temple of Khronos
by Daphne Minks Daly at 27 March 2021, 1:19 PM

The mysterious dark metalists of SPIRE have returned with their second album, "Temple of Khronos." The Australian metamorphs have skinned their previous primordial black metal sound to expose a complex design of cinematic extreme metal. SPIRE's latest offering elevates the imagination and takes their artistic potential to undiscovered altitudes. A psychedelic progressive extreme metal treasure, "Temple of Khronos" adds just the right amount of atmospheric black to send the listener into a subspace far away.

The opening track, "Chronometer," is a one-and-a-half-minute trip into a twisted, futuristic civilization. More of an intro to the entirety of the album than a song, per se. But, it's nonetheless cinematic. It's clear from the preface that the forthcoming music is about to tell a story. And from the sounds of it, it will undoubtedly be a harrowing one.

"Hymn I – Tyrant," is the second track on "Temple of Khronos," and is one helluva tremendous black metal infused doom track with just the slightest nod to drone metal. Highlighted with intoxicatingly dissonant vocals and stand-out drum work. SPIRE breathes new life into blast beats and raucous rhythms that can only be described as epic.

The second track, "Hymn II – Tormentor," offers clean vocals that seamlessly lead into fierce growls and wicked chants that only add to the production's dramatic brutality. The well-layered instrumentation and anguished cries are complex enough to keep the listener interested without becoming messy or overly done. A darkly pleasurable track, it transports the listener out of their body and into a dimension of SPIRE's design. Definitely one of the favorites for this reviewer, “Hymn II - Tormentor” is as heavy as it is mentally audiovisual.

"Hymn III – Harbringer," is a tormenting, torrential blast-package with hysterical shrieking and wailing reminiscent of depressive suicidal black metal with extreme and speed metal undertones. The song is a c ear invitation to confront the human race's inevitable demise and come to grips with our nothingness, powerlessness, and finality.

Track five, "Interlude - Antithesis," is immensely menacing and shrouded in mysticism, an intro that's sure to wipe the smile off your face in a grandiose fashion. Foreboding and droning, SPIRE pushes the limits of their audience's imagination with their conceptualized examinations of time-space and tyranny with "Hymn IV – Puissant." The vocals are extraordinarily layered, and the change-ups unique. An epic, ominous powerhouse of a black doom track, it easily takes the lead for this reviewer's favorite track.

The final song, "Hymn V – Khronos," is another ferocious nod to sinister black doom metal stylings. An apocalyptic psychedelic adventure, it's the perfect way to end an album as intense as "Temple of Khronos." With impeccable musicianship and impressive composition, SPIRE has given the world a thought-provoking, stand-alone album that can not be compared to anything else.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 6
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

1. Chronometer
2. Hymn I – Tyrant
3. Hymn II – Tormentor
4. Hymn III – Harbringer
5. Interlude - Antithesis
6. Hymn IV – Puissant
7. Hymn V – Khronos
James Plotkin – Mastering
Lukasz Koniusy - Artwork
Record Label: Sentient Ruin Laboratories


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