Temple – Structures In Chaos

“Structures In Chaos” from Dutch death metal band Temple is nasty, a beast full of pestilence and disease that crawls over each and every sense violating and infecting them. It is also rather impressive. Though one has to work hard to emerge into the maelstrom of ideas and sounds living beneath the grievous surface, once there the album opens up avenues and dark corners to get lost within eagerly.
From the opening demonic spewing of first track “Rituals Of Marduk”, the album hunts and ravages the ear like a carnivorous hungry animal.
The body is assaulted with destructive riffs, tumultuous rhythms, and grooves which churn ones gut inside out. Merciless and unrelenting “Structures In Chaos” bears only malice and venom but once allowed to have full rein over the senses it stretches and manipulates heart and mind with inventive and unexpected additives, sounds and unpredictable elements to keep everything intriguing. Everything is always soaked in the filth of destructive intent but submit to it and the album takes you into areas that ignite and inspire challenging thoughts and emotions.
Originally formed by ex- Beyond Belief front man A.J. van Drenth and former Pathology, Occult and Sinister vocalist Rachel Heyzer, the album sees van Drenth alone but with the aid of bassist Michiel Dekker (The Monolith Deathcult ) and drummer Eric De Windt, plus various guest vocalists including Marloes (Izegrim) and Stephan Gebedi (Thanatos, Hail of Bullets). Released via new Groningen-based label Non Serviam Records, “Structures In Chaos” is an impressive entrance for the band, a release that stakes its intent and position in the genre hard and immediately. As mentioned it does not make things easy to discover its inner strengths, testing and provoking with every note but in many ways it makes the journey to its heart so much more satisfying on arrival.
Tracks like “Higher Perfection” and “Matagatsubi” leave grinning shells, whilst the collapsing of senses caused by “Spiritual Development” and the best song “Cover Her In Blood” leave one drooling like a starved dog after they have finished their violations. With vocals spewing malice, guitars that cut senses to the core after bruising them incessantly first, and an aggression that goes beyond brutal, the album is mightily delicious.
Structures In Chaos is a tough and a ride that is almost impossible to bear but the result worth a hundred more abuses, which Temple are more than willing to give. (8.5/10)

Pete RingMaster