Exitium

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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.

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released December 5, 2012

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Temporal Perth, Australia

After a year of solid live shows and writing, Perth metal-band Temporal released their debut E.P. 'Exitium' in November 2012. They recorded with International producer Roland Lim, who's also responsible for Make Them Suffer's "Neverbloom" , Divide, Iconoclast and Villes. ... more

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Track Name: Plagues
PLAGUES

I preach to you a revelation
Of the end of the world
And how it became

In crossing over
The obstacles that lay in front of you
They burn brightly
But be weary of the smoke
That will bind and blind you in its clutches
Consuming you

I will show you the end of the world
And the depths of a hallowed winter
You will hear the silence
An unrelenting static
As it decimates
And desecrates your kingdoms
Blame your fucking selves

You will feel the wrath of the plagues
As they reign down (reigning down)
On this tortured earth

In pain and suffering
You will leave this earth
And it will flourish into paradise
On a wasteland
Free of man made structures

You were just a scourge
A visceral virus
Spreading like a cancer
Through the veins of a beleaguered world

You will feel the wrath of the plagues
As they reign down (reigning down)
On this tortured earth

You waited for everything to be stripped away
Before you opened your ignorant eyes
To this tragedy

Hollow shells
Wander the dark wasteland that was once
Filled with glory
One by one
Claimed into the darkest depths
Of the human conscience

I will show you the end of the world
Track Name: Exitium
EXITIUM

So it begins
We feel the light dance upon our faces
As we emerge from the shadows
Into the blinding light

Under the searing sun

We take our first steps
Onto glistening plains
On a world brimming with life
In a land of sustenance
No one would go hungry
Free of conflict
This is a world without peace,
Without the monarchs to try and take control

Under the searing sun
Struggling with every footstep

Pillaging the earth for every natural resource
To sustain our hunger for life
Clearing out the world to
Make room for our devices
That will lead to the apocalypse

Burn everything to ashes
To sustain our vulnerable species
And become the alpha race

Burn all the surroundings
Everything unknown
Competing for greatness
Stepping on each other to get by
The dawn of mankind
Brings suffering onto the world

Humanity is a disease
That is biding for their demise
For your demise
Track Name: Atreus
ATREUS

You’ve never witnessed a hunger
Of this magnitude
Or felt the insatiable desire to be
A monarch for the people
The unrelenting leader
For the sheep who are willing to follow
In your footsteps
To their impending demise

You will follow my every word
My every desire
For the sheep who will follow
To the end of your lives

You will stand in line, to behold
The system set in stone
Once the flames are extinguished
There will be no more fleeing
For the rats who bow to my throne

I will beat them to obey
The treacherous warlords
Who kneel down before me
With all but fists, on this corrupt, stolen world

See the lies, feel the hate
Stand in line for your demise
The powers of reason and persuasion
Ignite the fire that consumes this world

This corrupt, stolen world
You will obey me
My words are carved in stone
And on the chests of those who do not obey


I will strike down upon those
Who do not bend to my will
It is a steel and cold world
On the shoulders of power

See the lies, feel the hate
Stand in line for your demise
The powers of reason and persuasion
Ignite the fire that consumes this world

Consumes this world
You will obey

You will stand in line
To amuse the tyrants
You are fucking peasants
When you hear my name,
You all crawl and hide
You will not suppress me
I am what you fear
You will not suppress me
I am what you fear
Track Name: Doomsayers
DOOMSAYERS

This world is dead
Consumed by flames
Fueled by treacherous violence
In the fists of the righteous men, we will suffer
We will suffer, under the blood red moon
Destroyed, sent to oblivion
Under the mist of the bloody corrupted haze
The corpses, they build up into a mountain of flesh
Rotting as they fall into the earth
This is the fate of man

As we walk from the shadows past
We descend deeper in darkness
The stench of decay fills the air
As we rot in our graves

We bring the end to life
By our own defiant hands
This is madness, bleed for tyrants
Ashes rain onto the plains
Scorched earth is all that remains
Earth slowly blackens, consumed by the oceans

We are broken men
We breathe our final breath in vain, on this day
Human life will fade away
Into the pits with charred remains
Earth slowly blackens
Consumed by the oceans

This is the fate of man
Suffer in darkness, alone
Falling in masses
We burn alive

We never thought
That this would be the end of humanity
But darkness reigns over as mankind dies today
Blood thirsty, war scarred you all will bleed
And sacrifice your bodies even if you die in vain
And wear your scars proudly as the battle rages on
Never should you think that this is for the sake of man
We would tear ourselves to pieces
To be showered with gold

We are all faceless
In this world
Judgment day is here.
Track Name: Ethereal
ETHEREAL

I held the world in the palm of my hand
Before I gazed at the stars
And drew my last breath
Ascending from my physical being (Ascend)
Into a place
Where greed and corruption do not reign supreme
Into a place
Where everything is one with the earth (One with the earth)
This is a place
Where time stands still, yet nothing stops

We were just vibrations in the tides of time
A reflection in a puddle
The size of a teardrop
There is no sadness or happiness
There is only vibrations
As we sifted through the sands of time

We float in the silence that is serenity
The infinite void beyond this earth,
We claimed, will consume me

I held the world in the palm of my hand (hand)
And I watched it all slip away (away)
I gazed at the stars in the sky
And wondered what could have been
And wondered what could have been

We could rebuild our lives
And not raise our hands to fight

We float in the silence that is serenity
The infinite void beyond this earth
We claimed, will consume me

I held the world in the palm of my hand (hand)
And I watched it all slip away (away)
I gazed at the stars in the sky
And wondered what could have been

If we survived long enough to realize
We were just ripples in the oceans of time

In the blink of an eye
I held the world in the palm of my hand
And I watched it all slip away
I gazed at the stars in the sky
And wondered what could have been
I held the world in the palm of my hand
And I watched it all slip away
I gazed at the stars in the sky
And wondered what could have been