Release DetailsLABEL Adipocere
RELEASED ON 5/11/2003
Temple of Baal
Servants of the Beast
posted on 7/2003 By:
Some bands set out to recreate the genres they love and some set out to re-live the days of old, when their genre began. Temple of Baal is that of the later aiming only to recreate an album that would have fit in perfect with your collection of early 90's black metal from Norway. Do they accomplish this task? I think it's safe to say they do; and they don't do too bad of a job at that, having harsh production and the evil name of the dark lord Satan abound. Unfortunatley the sound they are after was done better by bands like Emperor and Darkthrone ten years ago.
Amduscias handles the guitars and vokills creating a deep black metal rasp along with raw riffs ranging from the mid-ranged black metal style to all out assault. As I mentioned earlier they are heavy on the old-school vibes, especially the mid-ranged ones. As with most true black metal, bass is pretty much non-existent, so Arkdaemonn is hardly heard. Herr Rikk provides the battery and does a decent job providing the blasts when needed and of course the galloping beats. Most of the songs seemingly fall into a bit of a mediocrity rut, but songs like "Deathblessed (At the Hornlike Spears)" keep the ravishing grimness alive and breathing.
Overall this is a decent release, but nothing to praise Lucifer over. The production is grim, but I've heard better. The songs are dark, but again I've heard better. It you really feel the need for a release that harks back to the Norwegian days of old, then Servants of the Beast should serve as a fix and is worth looking into.
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