Vacivus
Temple Of The Abyss


3.4
great

Review

by Jacquibim STAFF
September 20th, 2017 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Riffs.

By the opening measures of “Towards Infinite Chasms”, Vacivus' Temple of The Abyss already had me grinning with vice, with the guitarists wringing every last ounce of grisliness from simple lines of melody. I won't lie, this first proper track made the oh-so-spooky prelude feel a little superfluous; the band are simply good enough at mood-building to do away with such clichés, but you'd have to be a real stickler (like me) to dwell on that.

Once Vacivus delve into the meat of their opus, however, there is neither reason nor chance to look back. Songs race forward like a baton being passed from riff to riff in one swift, well-choreographed move after another. What's more is that while the band may not have the most varied skill set, they've honed their modest arsenal of techniques to a tee. A good portion of this album hinges on the ever-reliable tremolo-picked riff, which forms the backbone of tracks like “Oubliette” and “Black Flame Serpent”. Though by no means compositional wonders, these faster tracks capitalise on the tension built up by the others encompassing them. Elsewhere, there are glints of pseudo-doom and death 'n' roll, as well as a number of solos that occupy some kind of uncanny valley between the manic and melodic.

Otherwise, there isn't too much to dissect here; it's very much an “in-the-moment” experience, fortified as much by sheer viscera as it is by fluid song-writing. Naturally, the producers' work has a big stake in album's charm, having rendered every note and chord with a film of aural grime that old school death metal can't do without. It's dirty and coarse but also dynamic and fleshed out, with the drumming being the ultimate beneficiary. The wave forms are given headroom enough that every point of contact feels tangible, which is a nice touch given that the performance itself a lot more dexterous than you might expect of an OSDM revival product. Of course, you don't need me to tell you Vacivus aren't doing anything new here, but that's not their goal; Temple of The Abyss just a no bullshit array of metallic fervour, sure to satisfy any fan of its ilk.




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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2017


2047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Will be out in 3 days



squonk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ1nAR86Vd8

brainmelter
September 20th 2017


4394 Comments


sweet beans

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BlackwaterPork
September 20th 2017


1003 Comments


Great review, gonna check this

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Ovrot
September 20th 2017


13047 Comments


nice a pone review


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BigHans
September 20th 2017


28422 Comments


Probably the best summary ever

Wizard
September 21st 2017


20111 Comments


I've had this for a week now (love PL and being Canadian : p). Haven't made up my mind yet but it feels like you're finally in the "right zone" with dm on this one Jac ; ).

ffs
September 21st 2017


5249 Comments


these lads are from my home town, never listened to them tho

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2017


24402 Comments


Probably the best summary ever [2]

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MarsKid
September 21st 2017


5534 Comments


I haven't seen you around in a while Insurrection, yo

And this is a great example of a brief review, nice job

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Dewinged
September 21st 2017


5726 Comments


Probably the best summary ever [3]

So this skays?

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2017


19013 Comments


Riffs.

kingdedethefifth
September 21st 2017


3871 Comments


rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifffffffffffffffffffffffffffffsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
sounds cool man

RedRightHand
September 22nd 2017


65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Riff salad, mmmmm tasty!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2017


7568 Comments


Rite of Ascension was/is great, how does this one fare in comparison?

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StarlessCore
September 24th 2017


5333 Comments


dam this bangs

DungeonBoy
September 28th 2017


3045 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, but to be honest this is a solid 3. It's pretty uninteresting and run of the mill. It also falls short of achieving any sort of dark atmosphere it's clearly aiming for. The solos are pretty amazing and should be commended. It has some moments, but overall there are tons of other bands doing this better.



I did just finish listening to Venenum - Trance of Death which I would recommend in a heartbeat over this.

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