PERDITION TEMPLE — Sacraments Of Descension (review)

PERDITION TEMPLE — Sacraments Of Descension album cover Album · 2020 · Death Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Nightfly
Normally I like to review an album fairly soon after it’s released and if I don’t I probably won’t review it at all. I’ve been living with Sacraments Of Descension, the third album from Perdition Temple for over six months now so it would have normally missed the boat for a review from me. However as it’s so good I decided I had to get one done.

Those of you who’ve followed guitarist and vocalist Gene Palubicki since Angelcorpse days will know what to expect here. Since that bands last album in 2007, the often maligned Of Lucifer And Lightening, he went onto Blasphemic Cruelty and Apocalypse Command before forming Perdition Temple in 2009. Pick any of his bands and you won’t find much difference between them, all following the tried and trusted template that Palubicki developed in Angelcorpse. That is blackened death metal with a Morbid Angel influence fuelled by a relentless barrage of ultra-fast drums and busy guitar riffs with a wall of sound approach. It’s in Perdition Temple where he has produced his best work since Angelcorpse and Sacraments Of Descension is their best album so far, in fact in my opinion equalling his work with Angelcorpse. Nothing has changed stylistically but here we get his most compelling collection of riffs and hooks for some time. Some may find it too busy with little variation in the songs and it would be a fair point but a good and sympathetic production really allows these songs to shine with every blur of notes and rolling double kick drums clearly heard. The lack of variety makes picking favourites futile but at only thirty four minutes it works a treat with nothing standing out as a weak moment either.

Fans of Palubicki should have no complaints here but if you’ve not been won over by him in the past that is unlikely to change with Sacraments Of Descension. Angelcorpse reformed for some live shows a few years ago but all has gone quiet again. A new album would be very welcome but if it happens hopefully that won’t be the end of Perdition Temple. On the strength of this one there’s plenty of life left in this band yet.
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Nightfly wrote:
40 days ago
If you like Angelcorpse then I'm pretty sure you'll like this too.
UMUR wrote:
41 days ago
oh hell yeah...Angelcorpse. I´m gonna have to make time to check out some of Palubicki´s later projects.

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