Review by Ricky Aarons - The Sludge Factory
Usually when a small local band releases their first EP with a subsequent music video, there is some level of recognition and a wink of support from friends and family. TEMPORAL had 2000 views on their music video for ‘Plagues’ within a 24 hour period. The Perth band have released ‘Exitum’: a five-track showcase of what they can throw down with exceptional musical talent and careful production and mastery. The EP is metalcore based with strains of deathcore thrown in as the band divulge into a heavier realm of metal.
The EP is set off by their stand-out track ‘Plagues’ packed with melodic riffs, deafening drums and a chaotic combination of inhale and exhale vocals by Scott McMullen. The constant variation continually demonstrates his vocal range in addition to the well-structured chords. The breakdowns and bass-drops alone add a heavy-as-hell edge to this masterpiece.
‘Atreus’ is a song that brings out the symmetry and co-ordination of the two guitarists in a very stand-out way. The riffs are clean-cut and brilliantly produced for a debut release compared to some other Australian newcomers. Again, McMullen’s vocal squeal is juxtaposed to his menacing growl contributing to the unique aesthetic of this band. The instrumental chords control this track with speed and melody – a beautiful sound to the metal ear.
The title track ‘Exitum’ commences with an IN FLAMES styled introduction until the ‘core’ body takes over the mechanics. After about a minute of TEMPORAL’s instrumental architect of brutality, the guitars cease momentarily to welcome a deafening bass-drop which will seriously have you banging your head fiercely. The chords following are extremely groovy but fade to an acoustic piece as MAKE THEM SUFFER’s keyboardist Louisa Burton takes over from McMullen on vocals to close the track harmoniously with some violin thrown into the mix as well. It was a perfect element to throw into the track and at the right point as well.
‘Doomsayers’ is musically led by McMullen – one of the tracks you could classify as deathcore with noticeable influences at times from bands like BORN OF OSIRIS and CHELSEA GRIN. The breakdowns are filled with brutal levels of distortion and the vocal growl matches perfectly. This carefully structured EP closes with ‘Ethereal’ - a track bursting with controlled chaos – but only when these musicians choose to do so. It seems exceptionally artistic for a band with such heavy deathcore influences to perspire their music with such a high level of melody – even in the brutal growls by McMullen who has demonstrated the notion that ‘practise makes perfect’ throughout this EP. The last two minutes of this EP is simply a combination of talented guitar shredding with the pounding of drums ceasing to an operatic fade in conclusion.
TEMPORAL have done the worthwhile hard yards investing all they have into this EP which they will be showcasing live throughout their ‘Exitum’ campaign. This Perth band have big things ahead so support your local scene and pick this one up and get ready to have your ears bleed.
Review Link: Link: sludgefactory.com.au/temporal-exitium-ep-review