Shaarimoth   Temple of the Adversarial Fire
Release Date: 2017

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3.2 goodVoivod STAFF | March 3rd 17

In their second album, Norway's Shaarimoth strive for their own death/black metal version of the grand grimoire, but despite the instrumental prowess and the apparent wealth of influences and ideas, the cohesion of the arrangements and in turn, the album's replay value, are not on par with the band's level of ambition. While not bad in any case, the album sounds like the equivalent of a closet in which too much content is crammed, its majestic sound production included, which hosts extremity and melody in an unbalanced waltz. Stream:


3.5 greatRobert Davis CONTRIBUTOR | January 29th 17

I really like the maniacal tone running throughout this album, but pretty much every song ends up being a little inconsistent, too much for me to rate it any higher. Songs like "The Hungry Omega", "Lord of Putrefaction" and "Ascension of the Blood Dragon" are great for a couple of minutes and then they seem to plod on towards the end. Then songs like "Fires of Molok" and "Faceless Queen of Bloodstained Dreams" are the flipside of this-they start out a little uninteresting, then finish on a high because of the former's beautiful outro or the latter's menacing mid-paced battery. The band do get it perfect on "Beast of Lawlessness", which for me is the stand-out highlight of the record.


3.5 greatSolipsist | August 25th 19
3.0 goodPytkaWonsza | January 12th 19
3.0 goodClaire Q. STAFF | October 16th 17
3.5 greatEvoHavok | September 24th 17
3.5 greattwipzdeeauxilia | August 6th 17
4.5 superbformer sputnik's home post-punk maester | April 21st 17
4.0 excellentZombieParty | March 9th 17
2.5 averageElynna | February 4th 17
4.0 excellentTimKonn | February 3rd 17
3.5 greatSpacesh1p | February 1st 17
2.5 averageWolfe | February 1st 17
3.0 goodNazzadan | January 31st 17
3.0 goodeesdesesrdt | January 28th 17
2.0 poorAnthracks | January 27th 17
3.0 goodFrank - the rater of 3.5 | January 25th 17
3.0 goodAntalWS | January 20th 17
3.5 greatSunnyvale | January 20th 17
4.0 excellentem17ah | January 18th 17
3.5 greatkylewalburn | January 15th 17
3.5 greatJeejee | January 13th 17
2.5 averageL4titudes | January 13th 17
2.5 averageportableheadd | January 3rd 17

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