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Temple Of Brutality
Lethal Agenda
Warcon Records
www.templeofbrutality.com


There's an overtone of Pantera hanging over a lot of this album, owing to outstanding production that seems to borrow heavily from the racing yet muted guitar tracks and the crisp drumming. It wouldn't sound out of place if Phil Anselmo was singing - and that's the problem. Pretty much from front to back, it sounds as though Todd Barnes soaks his uvula (that appendage that hangs down at the back of your throat) in sausage gravy and Schlitz. Compound that with a limited vocal range and this album doesn't have a standout track anywhere on it.

There are good breaks, notably at the end of "Isabel", but most of the tracks are lackluster, formulaic, speed-metal lacking a good hook that makes the listener hungry to hear it again. Additionally, the angry-at-the-world lyrics get really old. One thing that does stand out is the drumming. Stet Howland is a madman and he will be the foundation that Temple Of Brutality has to build on. If they get some hooks and vocal range they'll probably turn a lot of heads. Until then, I can't bang mine.

-Bill Donovan

Track Listing:
1. Lethal Agenda
2. Hammer
3. Already Dead
4. Doesn't Matter
5. Hate Machine
6. Isabel
7. Beating the Man
8. Built to Last
9. Interlude
10. Art of War


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