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Thronez of Bonez - 84%

TheStormIRide, December 7th, 2017

Widely known around MA for their raging Penis Metal EP, which was released nearly a decade ago in 2008, Hades Archer has since kept busy, releasing a bunch of splits and demos over the years and two full lengths (in 2011 and 2012). Those who have followed the Hades Archer trajectory should have no doubts of what to expect, but those who haven't listened since Penis Metal penetrated your ears will find an evolved beast; well, at least as evolved as humid bestial Chilean black metal gets. Born from the same sweltering heat that brought us Sarcófago and Vulcano, Hades Archer's latest epoch blends black, thrash, and death metal into a boiling cauldron of bestial goat metal.

Right from the start, the listener is confronted with chaotic, frenetic riffing; hyperspeed black/death/thrash riff salad amid a bed of blasting percussion and gruff, bestial growls. The majority of the album moves along in a blistering, punishing fashion. As good as Hades Archer is at just blasting along at some level of filthy warp speed, the band changes things up from time to time, resulting in a more listenable and diverse offering. Perhaps the reunion of band founder (and vocalist, bassist and guitarist) Nabucondonosor III and drummer Hateaxes Command, who last joined forces on 2011's For the Diabolical Ages, sparked a more creative writing session. Tracks like “Hecate Undressed” swagger with a primordial bravado; pulsing with rolling toms and loud, punchy bass movements, sounding more like “Countess Bathory” Venom than their usually ramped up Sarcófago worship.

Ultimately, Temple of the Impure sounds like most Hades Archer releases: it's dark and serpentine; full of blasts and ripping riffs. Unlike previous albums, though, the band seems to more able to change things up without ruining the flow, which is a fantastic thing since their full length albums tended to be a tad repetitive on multiple listens. It's not often a band breathes fresh air into their sound over a decade after forming, but Hades Archer has done just that. Sure, this isn't really breaking new ground system wide and it's certainly doubtful that this will win any new converts, but it really nails what it set out to do. A blasphemously ripping and decidedly South American sound spitting venom and reveling in all things dark and destructive.