Perdition Temple - The Tempters Victorious 01Oh, how things have changed. Back in the Unchain the Underground days we used to get physical copies of releases. When I first started it as a print ‘zine in 1988, before some of my fellow staphers here at AMG were alive, it was a cassette and onesheet, then CDs. The digital copies just started to creep in towards the end of UtU existing as a web site. Nowadays we get a zip of MP3s that are usually mislabeled and are lucky to get a PDF with some facts on the band, so typically I turn to the World Wide Web for the scoop on an act once I’ve spun the record a few times. So, here I am, listening to Perdition Temple and gearing up to write a review. First thought is, “Holy shit, this sounds like Angelcorpse,” and Little Satan that lives somewhere in my cerebrum starts plotting on tearing this release up for being so derivative. So, I Google and discover it’s Gene Palubicki on guitars, Impurath on vocals, and Bill Taylor on guitars – the founder of Angelcorpse, the vocalist of Black Witchery, and the guitarist of Angelcorpse for a spell (and also currently Immolation), respectively.

In interviews, Palubicki stated Perdition Temple picks up right where Angelcorpse left off. A lot of the material for their debut, 2010’s Edict of the Antichrist Elect, was written for the fifth Angelcorpse release and when the band split, he carried it right over, handling all the duties besides the drums himself with the final Angelcorpse drummer, Warhead, behind the kit. Now, five years down the line with a full band behind him with a pedigree worth of the Westminster Kennel Club, expectations are high, and luckily, well met. Take the Angelcorpse formula and add the Tony Bennett of barbaric war metal at the mic and you’ve got a brew as potent as his former band at their best (Exterminate) and far superior than they were at their worst (the dismally-produced Of Lucifer and Lightning).

Relentless is the word that comes to mind. So much so that to the uninitiated ear, these 37 minutes might slip by without nary a note standing out. My wife often marvels at the pounding that seeps out of my headphones as I fall asleep to death and black metal almost every night, lulled to restfulness by the hammering at my brain. Those of us inured to the extremity can find both repose and rage in the wake of such a pounding, and it is that dichotomy that makes music this extreme such a rewarding listen. Palubicki’s true strength as a musician is his ability to articulate even when playing at lightning speed, a skill that is lost among many of his contemporaries. While it may feel like a wall of sound, a closer listen to The Tempter’s Victorious (particularly on headphones) reveals tasteful bass/guitar runs and brief moments of frantic groove and sophistication amidst the bestial maelstrom.

Perdition Temple - The Tempters Victorious 02“Extinction Synagogue” is my favorite track on the album. Impurath’s vocals are particularly decipherable, and the crack in his voice at the end of the chorus on the line “proceed to crematorium” can be likened to a later-day Billie Holiday. Those sweet moments where the tiredness and age lent her voice a character that was sweeter when it rasped, except in Impurath’s case, it’s more likely to give you testicular cancer even if you’re a woman [That’s a wicked googly!Steel Druhm].

The grooving dexterous workout that follows is mind-baffling in its schizophrenic arrangement, and the ten seconds I’d play for anyone that wanted to hear why Perdition Temple is relevant even in the shadow of Angelcorpse‘s legacy. The influence of Morbid Angel on Gene’s writing has oft been noted, and on “Chambers of Predation” it’s most obvious. There are passages in this song, particularly the slower section a minute and a half in, that if Morbid Angel wrote now would almost serve as a formal apology for crap nuggets like “Too Extreme!” off Illud Divinum Insanus. The rhythm section of drummer Ronnie Parmer and bassist Gabriel Gozainy are sphincter tight. Gozainy plays like he has four index fingers, matching even Palubicki’s most frenetic riffs note for note. Listen to the closing track, “Devil’s Blessed,” 15 seconds in. It’s like Coroner with a bag of crystal meth jammed straight up their asses, running for the can after winning a volcanic hot win challenge.

If you played The Tempter’s Victorious at half speed you’d have a solid death metal album over an hour in length at a tempo the lay person could actually grasp. As is, this is one for we the seasoned to wrap our minds around. Throw it on in the background while you’re doing anything but listening to it and many of the nuances that put Perdition Temple decapitated head and shoulders above so many other bands will likely be lost. This is not a lazy man’s listen, but as with most things that can be a challenge, the spoils are well worth it. Angelcorpse isn’t back, rather Palubicki and his horde have unleashed a brother to that beast with just as much brawn and even more teeth.

Rating: 4.0/5.0
DR: 6 | Format Reviewed: 192 kbps mp3
Label: Hells Headbangers Records
Release Dates: EU: 2015.03.24 | NA: 03.23.2015

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  • Norfair Legend

    I’m listening at a low volume as to not disturb other at work but man this sounds amazing. Reminds me of Altars and that’s exactly what I want to hear right now…consider this purchased and thank you for the millionth time for showing me another awesome album I probably would have missed!

    • We live to serve. And eat. And eat to live.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Another great review, Al. Your figurative language would give Richard Kadrey a run for his money. Cool band photo/logo.

    I laughed at your description of falling asleep to metal. That’s pretty much me when I take a nap at home, peacefully relaxing to the strains of Horrendous, Mors Principium Est, etc.

    • My go to sleep albums are Necrophagia – Season of the Dead, Disma – Towards the Megalith, Venom – Possessed and VON – Satanic Blood Angel. Others creep in but those usually put me right out. I can listen to them during the day with no narcolepsy.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        I’ll have to give those a try. : )

  • Kalsten

    Could we get the release dates for EU in a…more european format? No one says dates as Year/month/day. I would be much nicer to see as the rest of normal human beings see time (day/month/year).

    Anyhow, this review got me interested. I’ll try to find it on Spotify when they release it :) Very nice review!

    • Monsterth Goatom

      Available for pre-order at Bandcamp for the fitting amount of 6.66 USD.

    • That’s one for the powers that be to decide! Glad you dug the review!

  • Marek Trela

    Angelcorpse was probably my favorite death metal band in the late nineties and yet I was not aware of its extension in the form of Perdition Temple. Thanks for letting me discover some great music again! Awesome review but please stop repeatedly misspelling Palubicki’s name :)

    • Crapola! At least I got it right once! I loved Angelcorpse too, from the Goats of Azazel cassette demo days. I was lucky enough to see them live a few times.

      • Marek Trela

        Yes you did! It’s just that it makes grumpy Polish guy like me a bit uneasy, seeing that name misspelled ;)

        I saw them live few times as well. Even “pen paled” with Gene a bit in the early days. Brings back memories :)

        • Steel Druhm fixed it for me. Thanks for pointing it out! Funny, I read an interview with Gene where he says how most folks don’t know he is in Perdition Temple because he doesn’t use much social media. It’s linked on the band’s Facebook page

          • Marek Trela

            Sweet! Again, thanks for letting me discover some good music. AMG is the only metal blog that matters and the one that I read regularly. Keep up an awesome work.

  • Refined-Iron Cranium


    Yep, this is one victorious Tempter

    • I wondered about the title for a moment, I guess it is the contraction, The Tempter (is) Victorious.

  • Umulamahri

    Love this album! I also love the production… Just perfect. Great work on drums, it reminds me of Covenant, am I the only one? Anyway, totally awesome!

    • Definitely some very Morbid moments!!

  • Greg Hasbrouck

    Bonus points for referencing both Tony Bennett and Billie Holiday. I need to check this out.

    On an unrelated note, my wife also finds it odd I fall asleep listening to black and death metal on headphones. Truth be told, I did too. Glad I’m not alone.

    • We are odd. Let’s face it.

    • Feytalist

      I always sleep with music on. Usually atmospheric black metal or dark ambient or something. Drudkh, Ulver, Wolves in the Throne Room. Alcest maybe.

      • Greg Hasbrouck

        Drudkh is one of my favorite bands to fall asleep to. I have to agree with Al… we’re odd.

  • De2013

    Nice review. While listening it made me think a bit of Master.

    • Master has seeped into just about any band remotely death metal!

  • Wilhelm

    Sounds broootal, vocals are sick, production is kinda muddy, but in a good disgusting way.

    • The production adds to the claustrophobic horror.

  • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

    That last paragraph put this at the top of my “to buy” list. Music that demands and then rewards undivided attention is a real treat, especially with trying to get into a more “inch wide, mile deep” pleasure istening mindset. Also, the cover art rules. Awesome job on the review, dude!

    • Thank you! I love an album that deserves a close listening.

  • Mark Z

    Great review! This album sounds awesome, definitely something I’ll be checking out.

    • Thanks!! Well worth buying, and supporting!

  • “The rhythm section of drummer Ronnie Parmer and bassist Gabriel Gozainy are sphincter tight.”

    This is somewhat ambiguous. Who’s sphincter are we talking about?

    • Guest

      That’d be “whose,” Testiklees, as much as I hesitate to challenge a mighty ball sack. I’d say as tight as the untampered-with sphincter, like, oh… Chuck Norris.

    • That’d be “whose,” Testiklees, as much as I hesitate to challenge a
      mighty ball sack. I’d say as tight as the untampered-with sphincter,
      like, oh… Chuck Norris!

      • Doh! I still mess stuff like that up here and there. After all, my brains are between my legs.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Thanks Al,
    Thats a really great review. Informative, thought provoking and very funny well done! This could be reviewed a million times and I think you would still probably be the only writer to pick up on a Billy Holiday reference…and the Tony Bennett of death metal, just gold!
    you’ve certainly got me interested and the throttling morbidness of the embedded track demands more attention.

    I’ve always found it odd that I enjoy death /post metal before sleep it seems counter intuitive but it definitely relaxes my mind. For this Ive recently been very much enjoying and recommend the dark well that is recent Desolate Shrine album. Artificial Brain and Horseback’s Half Blood are also great to listen to as you drift in and out of consciousness.

    • I have yet to fall asleep to Artificial Brain, though I did get turned on to Labyrinth Constellation during my stay here at AMG. I appreciate the compliment on the review, Carlos. Often I write them and re-read them to the point that I think they are total crap, like looking at the same word over and over and thinking, “that can’t be how that is spelled” even though you know it is, you have just looked at it too many times. A comment like yours makes that mental torment worthwhile!!

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    No worries praise where it’s deserved!
    Only a fool wouldn’t worry before publishing…and dim egotists not worry after…
    I missed Abazagorath last year will definitely look into it!

  • Siege Bantayan

    This sounds like the music I’d turn on before going to sleep after a rough day at work. Nothing like waking up the next morning to a rooster’s crows and death metal growls.