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Review: Shaarimoth - Temple of the Adversarial Fire
Temple of the Adversarial Fire

Label: W.T.C. Productions
Year released: 2017
Duration: 48:04
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: April 13, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Temple of the Adversarial Fire

Rated 3.43/5 (68.57%) (7 Votes)

Shaarimoth are an odd and elusive band. They put out their debut, Current 11, back in 2005 and then vanished, and I was not expecting to get more from them. But here we have a comeback album in the form of the monolithic Temple of the Adversarial Fire.

This band has become more individual over the years since their last album. Before, they were very much under the influence of Behemoth, and now they sound much more like their own entity. There are still the strange arrangements and off-kilter songwriting, and there is still a good bit of heaviness to be found here, but I think maybe they have become a little too experimental for their own good. The overall sound is slower, more ritualistic and almost industrial in places, which is a cool approach, but in practice it makes this lack momentum and coherence. When the band cranks up the aggression and blasts away it still sounds pretty good, and I like the very dark, cavernous, occult atmosphere.

Shaarimoth are obviously very into doing their own thing, and I applaud that, but the fact remains that this album, while less accessible than their debut, is also not as interesting. A good follow-up but not a great one.

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Review: Current 11 (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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