MAGISTER TEMPLI - LUCIFER LEVIATHAN LOGOS (Cruz Del Sur Music)
(Review by Stefan)
Mostly, Norway is a country that is linked to Black Metal but that does not apply to Magister Templi. Hailing from Oslo, they were formed back in 2008 and created a first demo “Lucifer/Restoration” in 2010 followed by the EP “Lao Sabao” (2012). During the first period of existence, MT played Hard Rock music seasoned with Folk elements but that changed later on. The band was not spared from internal issues, players who stepped out of the core to join other projects while other guys came in to team up with Magister Templi. Actually a story we have heard so many times before but finally, it seems that these Norwegians has found the right musicians as can be heard on their debut full album entitled “Lucifer Leviathan Logos”, released by Italian Cruz Del Sur Music.
As the titles suggests, the album has a dark occult character played by the forces of 80s Heavy Metal with a serious dose good old Doom Metal. Magister Templi knows how to blend both gems reasonably attractive. The vocals are unique and requires an adjustment but that turns on the level of excitement. You never know what to expect really, each song a different vocal timbre and honestly speaking, the more I listen to it – the more I like it. The vocals feel kinda odd but you get used to as time passes by. The guitar riffs are ultra heavy, drums louder than hell… check out opener ‘Master Of The Temple’ and step right into the good old world where Heavy Metal reigns. Good flowing riffs and good oiled leads, great tempo changes, awesome vocals… fans of Classic Metal maniacs will be pretty busy enjoying to the fullest.
The songs on “Lucifer Leviathan Logos” are finished with simplicity which decorates the entire sound of the band. Well taking into consideration with their own individual luggage, Magister Templi might keeps it quite simple but what they deliver is just pure as can be, actually outstanding! My motto is: act as good as you can without exaggerating – when you take the risk to step outside your own skills… things can go wrong. I know several bands that have already proven this in the past - I refuge to mention their names !
A highly recommended track is without a doubt ‘Vitriol’, the structure of this one is breathtaking really. Constructed a slightly excruciatingly manner, second per second, this killer track finds his own character to reach the ultimate climax. Definitely best composition and reflects the true nature of the entire Magister Templi line-up. There are more moments the band surprised me, for example on ‘Lucifer’ and its Classic Heavy Metal feel. The beginning of ‘Leviathan’ does me reminds me in some ways to US Doom Metal acts Dream Death. Excellent built up heavy loaded work, including superb tempo changes ranging from slow to quite speedy. Due to the wayward type vocals, a song that will stick to your soul for quite a while. Musical wise, Mercyful Fate fanciers better skip to ‘Tiphareth’. I also like to underline the fact that Magister Templi has a real good drummer within its ranks, bombastic all the way out! To focus myself on the guitar riffs only, ‘Logos’ hijacks the first prize.
Good album from an unknown band to me, Magister Templi proves with “Lucifer Leviathan Logos” they have a great passion for old school occult Heavy/Doom Metal. I guess they’re ready to walk the stage at next year’s Keep It True or Headbangers Open Air festival. Order at: http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/index.php/releases/ Fans of Witchfinder General, Krux, Mercyful Fate, Ghost, Trouble better purchase on the double!
My Points: 83 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish