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Two Track Stop Gap - 80%

TheStormIRide, February 5th, 2015

Perdition Temple was formed in 2009 by Gene Palubicki after the disbanding of Angelcorpse, who allegedly parted ways citing musical differences as the cause. Palubicki initially performed vocals and all instruments except for drums, which were handled by fellow Anglcorpse member, Warhead. The duo released a full length in 2010, Edict of the Antichrist Elect, which brought some of that classic Angelcorpse and Morbid Angel styling. Some time after the debut album dropped, Warhead left the band and Palubicki brought in some additional help; most notably Bill Taylor of Angelcorpse and Immolation on guitar and Impurath of Black Witchery on vocals. Rounded out with Ron Parmer on drums, and Gabriel Gozainy on bass, the newly formed lineup allowed Palubicki to return his focus to guitar.

Returning in late 2014, and armed with the new lineup, Perdition Temple released Sovereign of the Desolate, which is a short, two track 7”, through Hells Headbangers Records on a limited run of splatter vinyl. Sovereign of the Desolate is meant to be a short teaser in preparation of the band’s next full length album, The Tempter’s Victorious, which is due in early 2015. The EP brings a brand new original track, “Sovereign of the Desolate”, and a cover of Blasphemy’s legendary “Weltering in Blood”. While that’s not a lot to go on for material, it serves its purpose as a stop gap. “Sovereign of the Desolate” showcases Palubicki and Taylor’s maniacal, razor sharp riffing twisting along while the drums blast away and Impurath’s vicious growls fill the void. It’s fast paced and heavy as hell, sounding similar to Angelcorpse and Morbid Angel, but what else would expect? The band’s cover of “Weltering Blood” stays pretty true to the original, as the drums blast along and Impurath’s vomited vocals lead the charge.

With a full band in tow, Palubicki shows that he can still create devastating music in this post-Angelcorpse world. Perdition Temple are becoming a monstrous force to be reckoned with and, if these two tracks are any indication, their follow up full length will further cement their legacy. Fans of Angelcorpse, Lvcifyre and Morbid Angel need to keep their eyes on these guys. It’s a short release, though, which is really my only criticism. Because of its brevity, it’s not the most essential of releases, but fans of the genre would do well to seek this out.

Written for The Metal Observer.