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Temple Nightside - Recondemnation Award winner

Temple Nightside
by Kyle Scott at 08 November 2018, 10:26 PM

TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE had embraced their inner darkness for eight years, to a point where even the shadows of the night have grown concerned for their well-being. A grinding parade of death and carnage as their M.O. TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE has untold innocent victims in their sight and they will unleash the Hell inside them all in their third full-length album Recondemnation. Embracing the volcanic riffs and raving mad vocals that MORTICIAN is famous for, TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE turns brains to jelly with their dissonance.

"Shrine of Summon (The Great Opposer)" features scrambled chords and rattling cymbals while vocalist Mitchel "Desolate" Keepin sings with a crushed trachea. Within the very first song, TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE comes in, pulling no punches, sailing on a tsunami of harsh noise loud enough to stir eldritch beasts from their thousand-year slumber. "Exhumation; Miseries upon Imprecation" has a deathly zombified air, stumbling across a thin string of thick bass notes atop a whirlpool of screaming guitars. The high wire act takes an unsteady bow and clears the stage for the oppressive "Abhorrent They Fall".

Guitarist BR gets as low as bassist Phil Kusabs for a dread-filled act of unquestionable horror. There is an unholy intimidation in the wailing of the guitar notes as they are drawn and quartered or stretched on a rack in a grizzly, audio Inquisition. Such is the level of repugnance in TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE's music. Dark rites are sung desolately in "Tower of Necromatic Decay", ominous whispers plague the ears in the cursed "Ascension of Decaying Forms", and a rotten stench of fermented bass lines come permeating forth in the second to final act "Miasma"TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE is all at once a cascading nightmare of bloody guts and furious walls of noise that seeks only to destroy what remains of your sanity. It is a dark ride into the void with Recondemnation.

Songwriting: 10
Originality: 8
Memorability: 9
Production: 10


5 Star Rating

1. Shrine of Summon (The Great Opposer)
2. Exhumation; Miseries upon Imprecation
3. Abhorrent They Fall…
4. Dagger of Necromantic Decay (Eater of Hearts)
5. Ascension of Decaying Forms
6. Miasma
7. Life Eternal
Phil Kusabs - Bass
Mordance - Drums
BR - Guitars
Mitchel "Desolate" Keepin - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Record Label: Iron Bonehead Productions


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