Perdition Temple – Sacraments of Descension
Reviewed: April 2020
Released: 2020, Hells Headbangers Records
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
SACREMENTS OF DESCENSION reminds me of how I felt listening to those first couple of Morbid Angel records for the first time. Absolutely batshit crazy riffs, guitar solos so frenzied and complex that they sound like they were pulled from another dimension, and non-stop blast beats that defy human capabilities. There are still bands that play like this? Hell yes there are, and Perdition Temple are among the best.
Led by ex-Angelcorpse guitarist and all around death metal veteran Gene Palubicki and rounded out by current Amon/Brutality/Malevolent Creation drummer Ron Parmer and current Ares Kingdom/Blasphemic Cruelty bassist Alex Blume, consider Perdition Temple to be a concentrated power trio of technical death metal’s extreme elite. SACRAMENTS OF DESCENSION is the band’s third release, and exists only to punish its listeners with 30-something minutes of the most hyperblasted brutal death metal that they should be so lucky to hear. And when I say “brutal”, I don’t mean chugga chugga breakdown riffs “brutal”, I mean the kind of technically proficient and unapologetic brutality that made death metal so friggin scary in the first place.
From the opening barrage of “Nemesis Obsecration” through the closing blasts of “Antichrist”, the album is an absolute non-stop firestorm. Save for some kinda sorta downswings on “Desolation Usurper” and “Eternal Mountain”, the tunes rip at relentless clip, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that that kind of singular approach to the tunes would get stale pretty quick. But dammit, the band is so tight, so versatile, and packs so many moving parts into each tune that they draw you into their world for the duration.
If you’re looking for nuance or subtext in your death metal, walk on home boy, these are not the droids you’re looking for. But, if you want a crash course in just how insane and musically proficient death metal can be still be in 2020, Perdition Temple are poised to deliver just such a lesson with SACRAMENTS OF DESCENSION. Enjoy at your own peril.