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Temtris - Shallow Grave Award winner

Temtris
Shallow Grave
by Matt Coe at 08 July 2014, 8:58 AM

One of the veterans of the Australian Heavy Metal scene, TEMTRIS started in 1999 and have released two previous full length albums prior to this latest effort. What I enjoy most about the description of this quintet on their Facebook page is the fact that even though they have a female vocalist, they stress that their style SOUNDS NOTHING LIKE EVANESCENCE. After a few passes through my ears I agree Genevieve Rodda comes from more of a Ronnie James Dio meets Leather Leone balls out approach – so do not fear, you will not be subjugated to a gothic siren injecting themselves once again into a Metal band.

Onto the third album “Shallow Grave” – an 8 song outing that blends together Traditional, Power, Thrash, and Extreme Metal aspects to create a dynamic sound that is eclectic and exciting as well. Llew adds in the dark, growling parts vocally to make songs such as “Captured” and the title cut a touch heavier, even when musically the arrangement may be more Epic / Power in nature. The band guitar-wise often employ a heavier, almost modern NEVERMORE meets Swedish Melodic Death tone to a lot of their harmonies, giving a lift to anthems such as “The Entity” and “Darkness Lies”. Expect a lot of double bass, lead work that isn’t all off to the races, and Genevieve’s melodies soaring over all the known Metal octaves- reaching some killer highs that mortal males and females can never ascend to.

Given my first exposure to this group, TEMTRIS appear to have appeal to those who want a touch of the modern tones and extreme elements within a comfortable Traditional/ Power Metal framework – and I would say they work hard to establish their own sound. Another strong band from a potent Australian metal scene, “Shallow Grave” showcases a self-assured group of musicians who know where they want to go stylistically, and can gain a healthy following as a result.

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Captured
2. Slave to the System
3. Shallow Grave
4. The Entity
5. Silent Tears
6. Forever Haunted
7. Darkness Lies
8. Your Time Has Come
Lineup:
Genevieve Rodda – Vocals
Anthony Roberts – Guitars
Llew Smith – Guitars, Vocals
Adam Wotherspoon – Bass
Ben Hart – Drums
Record Label: Battlegod Productions
     


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