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Temple of Eternity
Released: 2003, Independent
It’s been over two years since I heard from this Dutch band, the silence making me think that they might have packed it in. It’s good to see that they are still at it. Having previously reviewed both of their E.P.s (ICED and VISIONS OF THE BLIND), I’m quite familiar with these guys and their somewhat schizophrenic sound. ICED incorporated attempts at female vocals into their death metal sound, while VOTB saw the band trying out some sounds that bordered closely on mallcore. Thankfully the band has dropped both of those elements from their music this time around!
This time the band is back with a pure death metal attack, no outside influences to be heard. Simple and to the point, each of the four songs on this disc are well played and well written. No one song really stands out above the others, they are all perfectly executed death metal songs, coming across as a mix between the Floridian and Swedish scenes. Sito has a particularly evil growl and Johan’s drum sound has improved immeasurably since the last album (it sounded like a cardboard box back then).
The problem is that the band just has no real identity of their own. If someone had put this album one without telling me the name of the band, I never would have guessed that it was Temple of Eternity. In fact it’s so generic that I probably wouldn’t have been able to guess any particular band. I feel bad saying it, but right now ToE just doesn’t stand out from the pack. Their music is good, but it needs a shot of personality to really take it to the next level. Keep at it guys.
1)Crushing the Demon
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