Released: 2014, Invictus productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Originally released as a 12" vinyl by Iron Bonehead productions, the UK's Sepulchral Temple's self titled debut E.P now finds it's way onto CD after teaming with Invictus Productions. Neither of these labels put out shit as far as I'm concerned so expectations were high when approaching this short two-tracker.
Expectations were high and they were met. 'Sepulchral Temple', a three piece who clearly appreciate the old school, know how to write metal songs. The first track 'Salvific Dance' is a progressive and doomy track but with death and black metal influences. The riffs are heavy, the vocals are screeching and the drums drive everything forward with intense atmosphere and killer blasting. Some of The riffs and sound is reminiscent of the much hyped Bolzer but it seems 'Sepulchral Temple' are a little more structured and those high pitched King Diamond style falsetto's sit so nicely in the background, in general the vocals sound terrifying. It's brilliant.
The second track, also called 'Sepulchral Temple', is a little more of an aggressive affair. It attacks straight from the go and leads into a muddy, grimy riff to excellent effect. Again those high pitched vocals add to the atmosphere. It's another moody and blisteringly
heavy track. The riffs are again fantastic.
'Sepulchral Temple' have produced an E.P that is short but oh so sweet. Excellent instrumentation and great variety in the vocals adds to already muddy and terrifying atmosphere that the band have conjured. The sounds stays true to the old, no polish over overproduction here. It's heavy, it's doomy, it's black, it's death and it's fucking fantastic. I can't wait to hear more from these guys.
By Andy Taylor