In the middle of last month our writer Allen Griffin pounced like a panther on the self-titled debut album by Sweden’s Temisto, reviewing it with early enthusiasm using words such as these: “Temisto seem to simultaneously channel both pre-Entombed Morbid and Nihilist while also invoking more technical acts such as Atheist. At their fastest and most brutal, Temisto nearly reach Angelcorpse levels of kinetic violence.”
Allen’s review also made clear the reach of Temisto’s ambitions and the breadth of their musical scope, from the evocatively atmospheric to the utterly savage. In the latter category, he praised “Succubus“, a multifaceted song that he claimed might be the album’s most balanced track and might also prove to be its most satisfying. We’re fortunate now to give you a listen to precisely that song.
This dynamic track integrates dissonant melodies, unearthly atmospherics, and swarming ferocity, juxtaposing slow, wraith-like passages of ominous gloom with explosions of unbridled barbarism. It’s a black/death head-spinner that crackles with electricity, joining together blazing instrumental pyrotechnics and inhuman vocal viciousness, while also demonstrating the band’s ability to generate a sense of haunting dread.
Temisto was produced and engineered by ex-Morbus Chron frontman Robert Andersson with Elias Scharmer (ex-Abduction, ex-Mutilate), and it was mastered at Necromorbus Studio by Tore Stjerna (Watain, Desultory, Repugnant, etc). The cover art was created by Obsessed By Cruelty (Enforcer, Sabbat, Wolfbrigade, etc).
The album will be released by Pulverized Records on February 26. To order it in the format of your choice, use these links:
You can find the band on Facebook here. And with that, check out “Succubus”. We’re also including the album’s opening track, “Above Sacred Ground”, which is now streaming on Bandcamp.