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Heavy Temple : Chassit (EP)

Good vocals but unexceptional songwriting make Heavy Temple's sophomore EP a decent rather than great prospect.

If you're into sHEAVY and have been searching for a band a notch heavier and faster, Heavy Temple may hit the spot. This American trio's 2017 EP 'Chassit' demonstrates a variation on the old-school, occultic-infused, psychedelia-tinged hard rock/heavy metal that has been quite familiar over the past decade, but they put a bit more oomph than average into their music and a lot more fog machine fuzz into their guitar sound, placing themselves closer to the heavy metal end of the spectrum than the classic rock end.

The opening track 'Key and Bone' takes its sweet time getting started, but then breaks out into a frenzied shuffle that sounds like it could go off the rails at any given second. For those who prefer music that's raw and rough edged rather than over-practiced or polished, this should be a juicy treat.

There's a noticeable lack of true low end in Heavy Temple's sound; the heaviness of their style comes through more in the composition and the head-quivering delivery of both instruments and vocals than in the production. High Priestess Nighthawk's crooning voice, the band's best asset, takes center stage in the ritualistic song 'Ursa Major', a plodding nightcrawler of a track that seems to be the most representative of the band's musical identity. Chassit's main pitfall is a tendency for songs to overstay their welcome. 'Pink Glass' has some decent, second-tier unison grooves, but runs out of steam in its extended bass break. 'In the Court of the Bastard King', despite its cool title, is frankly a filler track.

'Chassit' is not a great release, but it's first two songs grew on me over several listens. In the end, there's not quite enough masterful riffing or vital songwriting ideas at hand to leave me wanting more. Fortunately, this EP avoids the boredom trap by virtue of not attempting to stretch itself into full album length. It should appeal mainly to fans of candlelit-ceremony soundtracks, Acid King, most bands on Minotauro Records, and to those who have a near-bottomless appetite for this fuzzed-out subgenre.

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Reviewer's rating: 6/10


Tracklist :
1. Key and Bone
2. Ursa Machina
3. Pink Glass
4. In the Court Of The Bastard King

Duration : Approx. 28 minutes

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Reviewed on 2017-05-30 by Mark Rzeszutek
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