U.S. death metal groups generally implement brutality and viciousness to the music ever since bands such as Deicide, Malevolent Creation, Angelcorpse and Vital Remains incorporated these demonic temperaments. They represent authenticity and gave death metal a demonic characteristic sound. Many bands then embraced these qualities and within the genre of death metal, the newer bands became even more beastly. With case in point the Floridian death metal act Perdition Temple. The band took these influences and meticulously crafted their own demonic style. Formed by vocalist and guitarist Gene Palubicki (ex-Angelcorpse), Perdition Temple’s take on black/death metal is quite brutal and the sheer quality comes from blending the brutality of death metal with the viciousness of the black metal riffs. Their third album Sacraments of Descension is set to release on March 27th via Hells Headbangers Records.
The current line-up also includes drummer Ronnie Parmer (Amon) and bassist Alex Blume. The trio spent five years molding a demonic archetype. Regardless of the several line-up changes in the past, Perdition Temple gradually developed their style. Fans who have been following the band since the debut Edict of the Antichrist Elect are aware of how the band improved over the years. The newest offering gives us a typical example of how the band has incarnated a brutish and violent tone of death/black metal. Sacraments of Descension presents the blackened influences of the band and more importantly, it has the extreme nature of 90’s death metal.
The opening track Nemesis Obsecration is a pummeling onslaught of blackened death metal. Musically the band continues to adjust their sound by adding more power to the songs. Desolation Usurper displays the visceral barbarity as they exploit their technicality and brutality. The band solidifies their malevolent identity by focusing more on the riffs and the drumming work is absolutely monstrous.
Eternal Mountain is a brutal assault of blackened riffs and pummeling drums. Perdition Temple‘s cruelty and barbarism describes their malign nature, there are influences from the Latin America death metal bands such as Mortem. When it comes to the intensity and performance the band shows the old school influences. The pure death metal brutality explains the dynamic power of the band. Track after track Perdition Temple showcases their thrash/black metal inheritance as well. The riffs are strengthened by the tremolos and the robust combination of death and black metal provides aggression to the songs.
While the blackened vocals are uttered in a horrid tone, the drums execute the blast beats. The double kicks are mainly implemented to add the brutal effects, with pure violent riffs surging. The fourth track Devils Countess swirls and creates havoc, there seems no slowing down. Each track begins with a steady tempo and strikes like a tornado. The vocals fuel the tempo which makes the drums an unstoppable force, always keeping the pace at top climax. Crypts of Massacre has that fiery tempo of blackened death metal with a rumbling and pulverizing drum tone.
The only issue is that some of the tracks on Sacraments of Descension sound very similar to the other, although the influences to Angelcorpse and Malevolent Creation are actually ostensible. Sacraments of Descension is also reminiscent of early Vader album such as De Profundis. The riffs on the album sound vicious and guitarist Gene Palubicki executes many chaotic solos. Carnal Harvest is played swiftly through the pummeling drums that bring intensity. The riffs become more chaotic and aggressive, bringing the onslaught of the old school death metal.
Perdition Temple spews forth flames of inferno with the rapid energy of other tracks such as Red Reaping, where the massive barrage of the riffs ejects pure death metal riffs. The bass guitar is completely active and utters heavy rumbles. Mixed and mastered at New Constellation by Jarett Pritchard (1349, Goatwhore, and Nocturnus A.D.), Perdition Temple’s third album is recommended for fans of Vader, Angelcorpse and Malevolent Creation.
Release Date: March 27th, 2020
Label: Hells Headbangers Records
- Nemesis Obsecration
- Desolation Usurper
- Eternal Mountain
- Devil’s Countess
- Crypts of Massacre
- Carnal Harvest
- Red Reaping