Perdition Temple [USA]
The Tempter’s Victorious
Hells Headbangers Records
After the teaser that Gene Palubicki and co. dropped on bestial black/death metal fans with last year’s very short EP, Sovereign of the Desolate, Perdition Temple finally releases their sophomore full length The Tempter’s Victorious. Almost 5 years in the making, with a refreshed lineup, Perdition Temple ensures that the wait has not been in vain.
With Sovereign of the Desolate already giving a preview to the vicious assault Perdition Temple had in place for followers, The Tempter’s Victorious is a welcome, extended aural attack for fans. As per Gene Palubicki’s many other projects, Perdition Temple wastes no time at all in presenting their high octane style of black/death metal to listeners. Right from the opening title track, one is quickly reminded of Angelcorpse and records like The Inexorable, like a blackened Morbid Angel with much more speed. Everything that made Edict of the Antichrist Elect such a personal favourite are still present, from the reckless speed to the leads of Gene, who at times remind us of the shred-friendly style of Trey Azagthoth to the more chaotic and formless style preferred by bestial bands like Blasphemy or Revenge.
Fans still reminiscing the demise of Angelcorpse and the relentless vocals of Pete Helmkamp can rejoice as Impurath (of Black Witchery notoriety) handles throats on The Tempter’s Victorious (as did he on Sovereign of the Desolate). The throaty shout of Impurath helps in adding a different tone of Perdition Temple over here, giving the material on The Tempter’s Victorious a much more barbaric touch this time round. That slightly blackened edge definitely makes this record one that is much more easily relatable to fans of the filthier, bestial style of blackened death metal. Whether it was through association or otherwise, there were many moments one would think of The Tempter’s Victorious as a nice cross between Morbid Angel and Black Witchery.
The Tempter’s Victorious is one hell of a death metal record, and as though Edict of the Antichrist Elect weren’t sufficient to carry on the legacy that Angelcorpse left behind, Perdition Temple‘s sophomore has shown what the band is capable of, and is a record that charts the further growth of the band.