TEMTRIS – ENTER THE ASYLUM
Released: April 9th, 2016
℗ 2016 Battlegod Productions
- R.A.M. (Random Access Memory)
- Enter The Asylum
- Mind Games
- The Summoning
- Break The Skin
- Darkness Falling
- Too Deep
- Empty Room
- Night Stalker
- Seasons Of Decay
Reviewed By Dean Duffin
Are you ready to Enter The Asylum of heavy metal madness that is Temtris? A band from Nowra, Sydney that shows us exactly what tenacity and dedication to your fans and music are all about. Originally Labyrinth and Labyrinthia, and over the years have had many different member changes and challenges. Eventually changing their name to Temtris with their debut album released being Threshold in 2003, Masquerade in 2007 and Shallow grave in 2014 with each new album. Temtris shows us, that they are not a band to take lightly.
Current members being Bassist Adam Wotherspoon, Drummer Wayne Campbell (ex – Mortal Sin), Guitarist Anthony Fox and Anthony Hoffman and lead singer Genevieve Rodda.
Their fourth debut album Enter the asylum released with label Battlegod Productions features twelve songs and this is the asylum I will be entering today…
R.A.M (Random access memory) Straight away it gives a horror themed vibe which is a perfect start for the theme of this album. There are no vocals in this which means it’s a perfect one minute song to get you into hearing the guitar work of Fox and Anthony. Along with bass and drum work from Wayne and Adam. This song is getting you ready for the Madness to come.
Enter the Asylum this song has the title track of the album and has a fast pace beat mixed with the fast guitar work and laced throughout is the awesome voice of Genevieve. “Enter The Asylum Where We Play” was a lyric that caught my attention. Really catchy song, I could instantly catch the lyrics and enjoy the song mixed with the high pitched tones Genevieve reaches and the amazing guitar solo at three minutes and fifteen seconds into the song. I’m sure everybody will enjoy this song. It’s one that gives the vibe the band had a lot of fun making. Enter the asylum defiantly another highlight in what is shaping up to be another great album of theirs.
Mind games, another song that has such a great fast beat. It shows the great skill and effort of the band to perform together with such precision and skill. They really work well together and this is the song that really shows it. It compliments them all really well. I can see the whole song having people head banging to and just totally rocking out to. There isn’t much I can say about this song that I haven’t said about the others except that this is one song that will keep you rocking out. Mind Games is a song that would be fun to see performed live. I actually played this song so many times it’s just that good.
The Summoning. The organ at the start of this really sets a mood. It continues the trend of nice guitar, bass and drum work and this song works beautifully with Genevieve. The line “This is how the end begins” is one that caught me and kept me listening to this song. From start to end this is a great metal song.
Break the skin. Immediately, I’m hit with great guitar solos from Hoffman and Fox, not to be outdone by brilliant drum work from Campbell and Bass work from Wotherspoon. The Band really works well together in this song helping Genevieve’s voice sound even heavier when needed and the softer parts really show how a vocalist can have such a great range of tone, the guitar solo in this is absolutely brilliant And dirty vocalist Anthony Hoffman really compliments Genevieve’s voice amazingly well. This is a great song that I easily could play on repeat.
Darkness Falling, I absolutely love the intro to this song, such great guitar work that has you hooked from the start, Anthony Hoffman really showing some amazing skill that I would love to watch live from a front barricade. Again not to be out-done by Genevieve’s singing. This song creates a really dark inner vibe. It gives the feeling of being trapped inside yourself and wanting to be free. I was very captured by Genevieve in this song. The lyrics really bring a strong feeling to you again with compliments to Anthony’s backing vocals bringing the song, even more, life.
Too Deep – This is a song straight from the start I enjoyed that siren at the start makes you stand up and take notice. Then the drum and guitar beats are amazing combined with the occasional chamber of a gun being clicked and slight whispers this song is hooking me. One minute and 13 seconds in you get to hear more of Wayne’s Impressive drumming mixed with the guitars of Fox and Anthony. Two minutes fifteen when they change the beat of the song you don’t even notice the shift as it fits so well together. At three minutes you will hear more great solo work. Genevieve Doesn’t sing in this song but it allows you to get a great feel for the skill of Adam, Fox, and Wayne. It’s a really good song with just a kick ass beat awesome work.
Empty Room this has got such a nice beat from Wayne keeping the song running smoothly to really set the mood for the song. Genevieve has a much lighter vocal tone in this song, sounding more rock. But Genevieve pulls it off so well it’s great. This also is where Adam shines, really great bass work. This song has a great beat from start to end and is more like an anthem or an ode to loneliness. A really great song defiantly a pleasure to hear one of the highlights of the album for me is Empty Room.
Night stalker. Another great opening and a great beat that follows Genevieve’s voice. The vocals join symmetrically well with the guitar work of Fox and Anthony. Another song with such great drum beats from Wayne and bass work from Adam. Really enjoying all the work Temtris has put into this album.
Seasons of Decay. I was enjoying the beat of this song, nice beat to tap your foot to until two minutes and thirty seconds in something unexpected happens nice one guys then your back to tapping your foot, and really enjoying this one really can really feel the Metal in the vocals of Genevieve in this one and three minutes in Wayne has a good drum solo come into it with nice guitar work to match it, it may be only short but I enjoyed it. This is just a good enjoyable song, another for the repeat button.
Lament is the next song I give a whirl. This starts off more classical creating a great somber mood but it really shows the versatility of Genevieve’s voice, and the skill of Wayne, Adam, Fox and Anthony to be able to change and suit this song so well. It’s such a well-done song and they pull it off so well. I love the pitch Genevieve reaches when she’s singing. The guitar work two minutes in really harmonizes the song so well, giving it an extra touch of feeling. It’s really amazing the emotion conveyed in this song. Temtris have created such a depth of feeling, which I’m sure anyone who listens to this song will feel and that end sequence where Genevieve holds that note in the right pitch just creates a great end to a terrifically moving song.
And I’m sad to be up to the last song in my review of what has been a great album that I’ve so far enjoyed from start to finish, I can’t thank, Temtris enough for gifting us all with this album. With that being said Let us get to the last song in my review, Phoenix, and again I really can’t complement these guys enough. Their music is an art and they perform it so well. The vocal’s Genevieve has combined with the lyrics in this song are really great, and the instruments combine so well especially at two minutes in when Genevieve sings that high note of “Resist or Die” combined with the guitar solo and dirty vocal adds such an amazing depth to this song. Creating a great song you could really mosh too and remember Resist or Die. Another great song I’d love to see live.
In conclusion Temtris Deliver another great album, after listening to this album there defiantly on my list to see them perform live some day, the work they have put into this album shows, it’s an album any fan should own and anyone that doesn’t know who Temtris are. Now’s the time to get to know them, so they can show you what they’re all about.