Borrowing influences from Hooded Meance, Asphyx, Bolt Thrower and Acid Witch, Michigan’s death/doom metal band Temple Of Void have been a high-profile act that had brief moments into the wandering depths of underground music and years later, we have the latest offering with 2020’s Shadow Kingdom Records release of The World That Was. Musically, lyrically, atmospherically and progressively The World That Was continues the stray path right where Lords Of Death left off. This time around, this is arguably the band’s polished, wonderfully crafted and established albums to date as the songs dive into a cavernous, doomy and monstrous atmosphere using death metal signatures while incorporating doom metal styled melodies.
This album is more of a straightforward death metal record with faster, aggressive, distorted guitar chugs and mid-tempo melody-centric sections remind me of Bolt Thrower in a sense they’ve maintained groovy instrumentals while balancing heaviness and unsettling vibes keeping the album very diverse. These guys are not only insanely talented in the musicianship department but the overall decorations for death/doom contemporaries are stronger than Of Terror and the Supernatural and Lords Of Death combined. Michigan’s Temple Of Void not only established themselves into the underground metal community but they are surely worth the immediate attention as The World That Was is an excellent follow-up for death/doom metal albums in 2020.
Overall Score: 9.0/10
Review by Jake Butler