Last month we posted Allen Griffin’s enthusiastic review of the self-titled debut album by Sweden’s Temisto,. To borrow Allen’s words, “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.” But as Allen also explained, Temisto’s music displays ambitions and talents that extend well beyond the realms where tooth and claw reign supreme.
Make no mistake, Temisto do indeed display blood-lusting ferocity, with flesh-stripping tremolo assaults and bone-mangling drum and bass fusillades, not to mention bursts of flame-throwing solos and ghastly vocal excretions. But they also interweave electrifying thrash-influenced riffs, hammering punk-inflected grooves, and the grim bite of northern darkness in their melodies.