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Review: From the Vastland - Temple of Daevas
From the Vastland
Temple of Daevas

Label: Non Serviam Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 44:33
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: November 21, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (11 Votes)

Hailing from Teheran, Iran, From the Vastland is a one-man Black Metal band solely the creation of a guy named Sina. He put this project/band together in 2010 and within four years has released three full-length studio albums, the latest of which is 2014's Temple of Daevas.

This offering brings us eight cold, raw and atmospheric Black Metal tracks that ooze many of the important and vital ingredients what once made Scandinavian Black Metal so fascinating for me back in the day.

Conceptually, Sina covers some of the legends and myths of ancient Persia and Mesopotamia on this record while the music is deeply rooted in early Scandinavian Black Metal, notably Norwegian and Swedish varieties. Without any unnecessary name-dropping, I am sure if you have heard any of that stuff from the early 90's, you will surely pick up some of Sina's main influences and inspirations on Temple of Daevas. Sina's sand-dry Black Metal snarls and croaks fit very well with his semi-atmospheric Black Metal. The cold and darkness constantly wells up from the songs on Temple of Daevas with these elements creating a very ominous feel to the whole record. There's no question of Sina's deep love toward the early Scandinavian Black Metal scene.

For fans of early Mayhem, Marduk, Immortal and so on, here's definitely something worth checking out.

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