017: TEMPLE OF VOID

Temple of Voidโ€™s latest album has been getting a lot of attention from critics, but also from me, as I kept finding my way back to it for a few spins here and there since it dropped last March. 

Temple of Void are basically death/doom, but with this fantastic traditional metal twist that just works for me. This is like meat and potatoes metal but with substantially more bit. 

It scratches a very specific itch for me. Perhaps its traditionalism and structure is a counter to the unquantifiable rule-breaking extremes of Oranssi Pazuzu and Imperial Triumphant, both of which I discovered in the same period.

Temple of Void manage to imbue traditional metal elements with a refreshing death/doom twist, and the critical response stands as proof theyโ€™re onto something truly great.