“Imagine the ritualistic undercurrent of Enthroned, the dark brutality of Morbid Angel and the immaculate epicness of Emperor. Take a moment. Good. That´s where France´s Temple Of Baal are at with this album.”
Warning! Entering this temple will enlighten your mind at the cost of blackening your soul. Be forewarned. “Mysterium” strikes at the center of the very amalgamation of Death and Black Metal and is being pretty sophisticated in doing just that, merging extreme sounds together to create intense atmospheres.
Imagine the ritualistic undercurrent of Enthroned, the dark brutality of Morbid Angel and the immaculate epicness of Emperor. Take a moment. Good. That´s where France´s Temple Of Baal are at with this album. Lengthy tracks with engaging musicality and magick-filled darkness.
“Lord Of Knowledge And Death” and “Magna Gloria Tua” set the bar pretty high for the rest of the album´s material. Fear not, there isn´t a single weak track to be found. There´s an interconnecting rebellious spark at work bringing forth one long outpouring of otherworldly darkness. The band pledges allegiance to smoldering riffs, eerie and brutal, rugged blastbeats carry most of the songs to their black horizons while the vengeful vocals describe divine wisdom of hellfire and beyond.
The aforementioned “ritualistic” elements involve slower passages like the outro of “Divine Scythe” and the short interlude “Dictum Ignis”. This underlying ambience is embedded into all tracks but the levels of central dominance is mixed. “Hosanna” is another strong track with a delectable diabolical solo, of which there a few around in the midst of the album´s duration. To boil things down; “Mysterium” is a very well produced album with a direct theme and developed musicianship.
Lightslaying Metal doesn´t get much better than this! Gloria Baal! Amen! 9/10
1. Lord Of Knowledge And Death
2. Magna Gloria Tua
3. Divine Scythe
5. Dictum Ignis
6. Black Redeeming Flame
7. Holy Art Thou
8. All In Your Name