Supplying droves upon droves of darkened blasphemy and molten darkness is Temple Nightside who hails from Australia, and up from the blistering darkness they tote with them their second release titled The Hecatomb. Temple Nightside brings an interesting twist to the death metal genre as they add plenty of suffocating atmosphere and ambiance to their music to go along with the crushing hymns. The Hecatomb is a giant slab of death that is all encompassing that engulfs you in flames and petrifying horror. As this release rolls on you feel yourself getting submerged quicker and quicker into uncertain darkness in which you will remain.
The Hecatomb is miasmic and even makes the dead shudder. Each of the nine songs are filled with blood freezing atmosphere and sounds of death that make you yourself feel as though your life is being taken. As soon as the record begins you understand the weight of the album as it begins to crush you ever so slowly and painfully under its sheer morbidity and lack of compassion for human life. The Hecatomb sucks all light out of whatever room that you are in and shrouds you in an uncomfortably dark fog until the final note on the release has been played.
The pillaging death metal that Temple Nightside plays-as deadly as it is-isn’t nearly as deadly and poisonous as the atmosphere that they provide. It is haunting and spectral and has you feeling as though something is always lurking in the shadows you drain you of your life. The Hecatomb is a twisting mass of shape shifting madness that leads you through dismal soundscapes and eventually leads you down a burning path to hell. Temple Nightside gives you music that is eerie and yet wholly punishing as you feel as though you won’t be taking a slow descent into madness, but a quick one with the help of the trapped souls that seem to be exuding from your speakers.
The Hecatomb oozes rancid evil and pours out sinister darkness that eventually obliterates what is left of your soul. The majority of the songs that are present on this release are darkened dirges of slow brooding and foreboding music, and only when needed Temple Nightside picks up the pace into a deathly death metal romp only to seal your fate quicker. As each song passes you get filled with more and more morbid dread as you can see the light fade and your life coming to a close. These Australian morbid death dealers catch your attention right from the beginning mesmerizing you intensely demonic passages.
This release is monolithic and provides you with so much more than just death metal. As long as some of these songs are you can’t seem to stop listening. Over and over again you press play and become more and more enchanted each time with the alluring and soul shattering darkness. The Hecatomb is record that you ultimately stay with for a while as it infects your mind with morbid death metal that is mesmerizing and entirely memorable. The Hecatomb is slithering madness and maybe words don’t do this release enough justice, so I’ll have you turn you attention to a link that is below this paragraph.
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The Hecatomb will be released August 5, 2016 through Iron Bonehead Productions.