Speaking about doom, Temple Of Gnosis has just released an epic piece of occult doom on an unsuspecting world, which will never be the same again. It's a perfect soundtrack for the storm I'm watching, making sure the atmosphere inside is as dark and ominous as outside. This one-man band from Belgrade (Serbia) created a stunning blend of dark ambient & doom metal and mixed it with brutal death growls and an eerie atmosphere.
But we're not done there. Temple Of Gnosis also incorporates influences from industrial, black metal and sludge. What he does with all these elements is quite refreshing in the doom metal world. The symphonic elements go way beyond what most symphonic metal bands do. In stead of bringing an extra instrument in the mix, these soundscapes become a frightening foundation for the crushing guitars and hammering drums.
For (symphonic) doom metal, this music is quite repetitive and methodical. The four songs sound like bizarre rituals, invoking an hypnotic state of trance. To some extend, I can compare it to bands like Vinterriket or Paysage D'Hiver, enhanced with the heaviness of Sunn O))) and the industrial drones of Author & Punisher. Especially in the drums I hear these industrial elements. They drill like slow but intense electric hammers while the synths and guitars create layer upon layer of drones and soundscapes.
Temple Of Gnosis barely avoids drowning in all these brutal layers of sound and that is what makes this album so impressive. He never reaches the point where his music becomes uncontrollable noise, which is quite an achievement if you count the sheer number of sounds and effects used. Everything on this album sounds dark, wicked and evil. Even the rare pieces of quiet ambient music can't relieve the feeling of impendence.
So doom fans, prepare for an deafening new experience with this twisted act. This stuff is sick and of course highly recommended if you like bands like the ones I mentioned earlier, or bands like Esoteric and Khanate.