Temple Nightside are a duo from Australia that plays a mixture of occult black metal and ritualistic death metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Condemnation" which was released by Dark Descent Records.
"Shrine Of Summon (The Great Opposer)" begins with some sound effects along with some guitar amp distortion coming in after that which leads to some heavy guitar riffs and drums before going into a fast and primitive black/death metal direction with distorted bass playing, growls and screams for a minute before going into a slower and darker direction for a few seconds before reverting back to fast.
"Exhumanation: Miseries Upon Imprecation" begins with some heavy doom/death metal guitar riffing, drums and growls along with some dark occult synths getting mixed in for a brief movement which then leads to the vocals combining death and black elements together and as the song moves on it adds in different parts while remaining heavy all at the same time and mixes in a brief use of occult chanting.
"Abhorrent They Fall" begins with some primitive black/death metal guitar riffs, drums, growls and screams before switching back and forth between slow and fast parts and you can hear some doom metal elements in the slower sections.
"Pillar Of Ancient Death (Commune 2.1)' begins with some ritualistic soundscapes which gets more diverse as the song moves on and this song is an instrumental piece.
"Dagger Of Necromantic Decay (Eater Of Hearts)" begins with some heavy and dark guitar riffs which leads to some drums and guitar leads getting mixed in setting up the mood fro some blackened death metal growls and after a few minutes it starts speeding up a bit while still remaining close to doom/death metal and mixing in another guitar lead towards the end.
"Ascension Of Decaying Forms" begins with some sound effects and dark guitar riffing and after a minute drums start kicking in as well as waiting another minutes before bringing in the black/death metal vocals and as the song moves on the riffs and vocals get more diverse while also remaining dark all at the same time and you can hear some ritualistic synths towards the end.
"Command Of The Bones (Commune 2.2)" is another instrumental ritualistic dark ambient song.
"Miasma" begins with some dark and heavy guitar riffs along with some drums before bringing in black and death metal vocals and as the song moves on it starts mixing in some primitive elements and after a few minutes the heaviness stops for awhile and mixes in some synths and powerful bass guitars for awhile before reverting back to the heavier elements along with some Gregorian chants being utilized briefly
Song lyrics cover Occultism, Mysticism and Death, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound with some of t he songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Temple Nightside are a very great sounding hybrid of occult black metal and ritualistic death metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Shrine Of Summon (The Great Opposer)" "Dagger Of Necromantic Decay (Eater Of Hearts)" and "Miasma". RECOMMENDED BUY.