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Temple Of Blood
Prepare for the Judgment of Mankind

Company: Indy
Release: 2005
Reviewer: IcedMojo
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Rating
1.5



  • A classic Iced Earth sound, but it is Iced Earth with Gene Adams



  • Destruction of the Twin Cities, Conviction, Spiritual Warfare, and Trampling the Serpent are just a few tracks you hear from Temple of Blood. As one can tell from the song titles as well as the CD cover, the are a Christian power thrash 4 piece. The sound is from a quarter century ago and in my opinion, favors the classic Iced Earth sound.

    Bible stories in the key of metal, what can be better? Throw in Speed Racer on guitars [otherwise known as Matt Barnes], add a pinch of drum fury and a dash of bass; blend it with vocals and the outcome is a group of guys "Seeking the Truth". Did we find it? Musically, if this is heaven, I can't wait to get there. Vocally, if the angels sound like that, I hope God stops the singing.

    The Christian aspect is very awesome, showing the world that there is a 'good' side of metal. The instrumentation is nice and the throwback is stellar. I mentioned a classic Iced Earth sound, but it is Iced Earth with Gene Adams who was released after the demo and ST release, and with good reason. Anyone who has followed the group will admit, Gene's vocals were pitchy with high shrieks and was lackluster at best. If people like the high vocals of King Diamond they may like this release. As for me, great stories and talented musicians are not the entire release and the vocals make this otherwise tight-nit group virtually incomprehensibly awful. "Realm of Insufferable Burning (The Horrors of Hell)" describes the CD perfectly. Great art but not a sufficient release.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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