Pim B. : Six years after the release of their debut ‘Structures In Chaos’ Temple returns with album number two. Basically you can say Temple is the brainchild of guitarist/composer A.J. van Drenth (Extreme Cold Winter, ex-Beyond Belief). To record his brutal death metal compositions he was assisted by drummer Eric de Windt (Neocaesar, Omnious), who also tortured the skins on the debut. This time A.J. didn’t record the vocals but he enlisted Kevin Quilligan of Apophys. He has done live vocals for Temple in the past too. The bass parts have been recorded by Sanne van Dijk (also of Apophys) this time. Next to these four guys some befriended guitarists added some solos. We can hear leads by Shaune Kelley (Dim Mak, ex-Ripping Corpse, ex-Hate Eternal), Sonny Lombardozzi (Incantation, ex-Fleshtized) and Frank Schiphorst (MaYan). With a fine mix courtesy of Erwin Hermsen of the Toneshed Studio all this input resulted in a great record.
First and foremost ‘Design In Creation’ is a brutal and superfast death metal album in the vein of bands such as Hate Eternal, Nile and also Morbid Angel. Luckily it’s not mindless bashing, but the songs actually have a head and a tail with thought-out riffs and melodies. You can also hear they thought about some well-placed quieter parts such as ‘The Creation Account’ and ‘Jezebel’. Both tracks can be seen as intermezzos, that hardly have any impact on the pace of the album but that do give same space to breathe. ‘Jezebel’ was written by Dead Head’s Ronnie van der Wey by the way.
Concluding I can say this second album by Temple has been carefully put together. It contains variation and sounds great. So, there’s nothing stands in the way for the fan of fast death metal to buy this record.