Temple of Void - Demo MMXIII
Self-released
Doom/Death
3 songs (22:15)
Release year: 2013
Reviewed by Goat

Hailing from Detroit and bearing a former member of Acid Witch in their ranks, there’s something of a professional air to Temple of Void even at this demo stage, from artwork to the music itself. With two shorter, five-to-six minute songs and one ten minuter to round things off, Demo MMXIII is a snappy listen that sums Temple of Void up well and suggests even better things to come from the band – as a good demo should. Opener Beyond the Ultimate kicks off with sludgy riffing and a roar, seemingly typical of the genre at first but soon proving itself more awkwardly individual by being more technical and jagged, more death than doom at this point. It turns darker and doom-ier about the halfway point, the vocals becoming more horrific as the riffs slow, holding your attention right until a slightly silly spoken part at the end...

Fortunately, the following tracks quickly make up for this. Examinate Gaze begins with a sampled quote from Dante’s Inferno then forms an old-school doom/death churn, riffs both atmospheric and chugging. Bargain in Death is the ten-minute finale, the most traditionally doom track present with tolling bells and almost Sabbathian opening riffs, kicking up the tempo into a Cathedral-esque stomper soon after. The band keep shifting tempos, keeping you interested, and there’s another sample, well-placed and followed by an enjoyably stoner-y solo section that fades out. All in all, so far so good; I look forward to hearing much more from Temple of Void if they’re this promising at demo stage. You can download/purchase the demo from the band’s Bandcamp (name-your-price).

Killing Songs :
Examinate Gaze, Bargain in Death
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