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Temple of Evil – Apolytrosis

Temple of Evil
Apolytrosis
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 29 March 2022, 1:02 PM

Cyprus is not necessarily known for sinister Black Metal. But since mid-2008, a dark existence has manifested itself in the sunny state. In an unholy union, TEMPLE OF EVIL has formed to wrap their philosophy and ideology in a musical garment. But it took some time until the hidden creation first saw the face of human existence. In the beginning of 2015, TEMPLE OF EVIL released their first opus "The 7th Awakening." From then on, the atmospheric ritual was also celebrated on stage before the quartet retreated into the shadows. Until 2021. TEMPLE OF EVIL signed a contract with the renowned Black Metal label Folter Records and will send out another message. "Apolytrosis" is marked by the fire of the unholy cult and carried by its dark atmosphere. Definitely an underground spark that will spread from the Mediterranean island to the mainland like a fire and recruit new followers. The album contains eight tracks.

“Katavasis” opens the album. It’s a one-minute, mood setting instrumental. Various background sounds can be heard picking up as it segues into “Apognosis.” Screeching leads and thunderous drumming mark the entrance, along with plenty of evil hues. The vocals are filthy and vile and the sound is dark and harrowing. “Avtaparnisis” is another lengthy track that features sounds from the Abyss as its main element. The music here is rich and thick for Black Metal, but not overly done, like the wall of sound we hear in much of the genre. Lead notes ring out like bells, marking the coming of the Underlord.

“Epignosis” begins with clean guitar notes and a hefty riff. Drums roll in slowly, gaining speed, until the entire track opens up like the pit of Hell. It takes a brief pause after the half-way mark, with some slowed down tones, giving you a chance to catch your breath before the final curtain call. “Thanatosis” begins with clean guitars and a slower, lumbering pace complete with background keys. From there the song develops into a lurking evil that is hard to describe. It’s like the feeling of constantly looking over your shoulder for the knife wielding psycho that is on the loose. “Metousiosis” is a nine-minute opus. Melancholy tones open the song along with some depressive elements. It starts to build. The sound then hits you like a freight train running through the night, hell bent towards its destination. It slows towards the end, with that despondent sound coming around again.

The title track is the last gasp of raging energy before the final track. Following the intense opening sequence, there is another ambient cool down before the half-way mark. The armies are resting just a bit before the final push. “Anavasis” closes the album. It’s a three-minute closer, featuring softer and more pensive tones, showing that the band is not a one-trick pony. Overall, this is an intense, burning album from a collection of musicians who know how to compose intelligent Black Metal. Though many of the founding elements are present, the band doesn’t rest on them, but rather transforms them into modern day sounds with their own twist of evil and blasphemy. Evil personified.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Katavasis
2. Apognosis
3. Avtaparnisis
4. Epignosis
5. Thanatosis
6. Metousiosis
7. Apolytrosis
8. Anavasis
Lineup:
Arkhon Sakrificer – Bass, Vocals
Angelwhore – Drums
Nekrocurse – Guitars, Keyboards
Apethantos – Guitars
Apophis – Drums
Record Label: Folter Records
     


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