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Temple of Baal
Lightslaying Rituals
November 2009
Released: 2009, Agonia Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Black metal from Le Vesinet, Île-de-France, France for a change, I would say. Temple of Baal have gained quite a lot of encouraging reputation in their home ground France as an intense live act by playing shows with such bands as Deströyer 666, Watain, Revenge and so on – and by releasing some split albums and a couple of full-lengths (SERVANTS OF THE BEAST in 2003 on Oaken Shield, and TRAITORS OF MANKIND in 2005 on Oaken Shield/Adipocere). That´s a short history lesson about them this time… Just try to live with it.



The band´s third album, obeying the name LIGHTSLAYING RITUALS, shows once again this French satanic war commandos´ utter hate and contempt against Christian people and overall Christianity, crushing icons and burning bibles to dust in their unholy pyre more than ever before.



Musically, Temple of Baal is not only about pure black metal grimness and rawness as one might think them to be like. I think they are more like a fine and balanced mixture of ingredients from black, death and thrash metal music-wise, naturally the main emphasis being on the term black metal. In fact, in my opinion they sound pretty much like, let´s say, such bands as Deströyer 666 and Absu, but only having a bit rougher, more straightforward and more simplified approach in their songs. Probably even Angelcorpse – added with some tiny pieces from the bestial and wicked sound of old Impaled Nazarene, might also work out as good enough comparisons to Temple of Baal´s overall vicious, demons-oozing and black blood gushing outbursts on LIGHTSLAYING RITUALS.



In all honesty, I gotta sincerely admit that Temple of Baal do their thing pretty darn well and convincingly on their 3rd album as far as some of their ideas for their own world slavery is concerned, through all 9 tracks that they have recorded for this opus during their darkest and most wrist-cuting hours. Hails to the relentlessly penis swinging old goat to all their ambitious attempts to wipe all Christian people off this planet anyway, and let´s all bang our ugly heads for Satan now!
Track Listing

01. Piercing the Veils of Slumber
02. Triumph of Heretic Fire
03. Black Sun of the Damned
04. Angstgeist
05. Dead Cult
06. Hate Is My Name
07. Poisoned Words
08. Vectors to the Void
09. Blessings of Blackfire

Lineup

Amduscias - Vocals & guitar
Alastor- Guitar & backing vocals
Arkdaemon - Bass & backing vocals
Antares - Drums

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Temple of Baal
Lightslaying Rituals
March 2010
Released: 2009, Agonia Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

French metal gets a lot of hard knocks. This is partly due to the fact that very few French bands have broken past the most rudimentary levels of metal fame; perhaps there’s something about the French character does not lend itself towards the production of great metal? The previously unfair generalisation aside, French black/death metal act Temple of Baal does a solid job of cranking up the Blasphemy-o-Meter, even if it stumbles along the way.



Operating at a deeply detuned grind, LIGHTSLAYING RITUALS opens with the chasm-like tremolo frenzy “Piercing the Veils of Slumber” – this track reminded me a lot of the Swedish death metal band called Tribulation, whose latest release really knocked my socks off. The line between black and death stylings crosses a lot, with Amduscias’ vocals operating at more of a rending gasp instead of the typical screechy croak employed by most Norwegian-types. Nonetheless, there are a lot of similarities to the original 90s scene, particularly to Darkthrone. “Dead Cult” feels like a gurgling horror movie soundtrack, with slower riffing and bombastic malice. “Black Sun of the Damned” really impressed me with the moody riffing and gnashing bass lines, and the lead-up to the main verses is absolutely killer. “Vectors to the Void” shows the bands’ speedier side, and the results are brutal, malevolent, and wickedly enjoyable.



LIGHTSLAYING RITUALS has blasphemy, aggression, malice, and excellent musicianship all around. The songs are mostly well put together, with excellent execution in dynamics and mood. Nonetheless, it’s nothing we haven’t heard before, or better. Temple of Baal’s shortcoming is failing to add anything new to an aging genre. This is a record that could have been released in the mid 90s, with good musicianship and vastly superior production being the main differentials. These criticisms aside, this is still a strong black metal effort that stands several severed limbs above the murky pack. Anyone in need of a fresh injection of evil into their veins would do well to explore the Temple of Baal.
Track Listing

1.Piercing the Veils of Slumber
2.Triumph of Heretic Fire
3.Black Sun of the Damned
4.Angstgeist
5.Dead Cult
6.Hate is my Name
7.Poisoned Chords
8.Vectors to the Void
9.Blessings of Blackfire

Lineup

Amduscias – Guitars & Vocals
Alastor – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Arkdaemon – Bass & Backing Vocals
Antares – Drums

Other reviews

» Lightslaying Rituals
by Luxi Lahtinen

» Lightslaying Rituals
by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

» Verses Of Fire
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


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