Album Review: Temple Of Lies – “From Sand”
It would be quite hard for a rock or metal fan to genuinely say they dislike Temple Of lies. Wearing their influences not so much on their sleeves, but as a three piece influence suit, they love a good old Sabbath-y riff and From Sand is fit to burst with the bloody things. Then they take that old school metal influence and douse it in Metallica-isms and Motörhead style rock and roll.
At times they seem to be leaning towards a very groove heavy sound – the humongous Crystal and 888 – then they also know how to deliver a dose of speed on tracks like Rope and Feed The Greed. Every now and again they’ll seem like they have gone full rock and roll trucker band (Bats), but then they’ll throw in a curve ball like Fire In The Hole, which has a shifting rhythm that makes a seemingly straightforward metal song a little disorientating.
Throughout From Sand it’s clear Temple Of Lies do what they do very well and at points the album really takes off, but occasionally it can become a little samey. Vocalists Si has a well honed metal bellow, yet a full album of it can mean things can tend to meld together, also the sheer number of riffs contained within From Sand mean that, at times, they too become one big blur.
From Sand is anthemic, fun and a great listen for any metal fan, yet it’s frustrating that they so clearly have the songwriting and musical chops to make something truly special and different.
It's true, it would be difficult for a rock or metal fan to say they dislike Temple Of Lies, but they're going to have to step it up a bit to become somebody's favourite band.