Temple of the Demigod is a one-man symphonic black/death metal project created by Mark Erskine from Armenia in 2014. Since then there has been one EP named Profane Doctrine and a full-length album The Great Old Ones out prior to this release. It’s been three years in the making and now the ancient Gods from the Lovecraft mythos are approaching us once again.
After several listens these past days my main concern with the album is that it varies in quality. The opening track “Him Who Is Not to Be Named” started off so well but then on “Acolyte of an Ancient Cult” it drops off a bit and it isn’t until “He Who Lies in Eternity” I get fully sucked in again. While I love symphonic music I do think there is in all honesty a bit too much of that side, less keyboard would make it stand out a bit more, the less is more rule applies here. And why, oh why did “Neverending Dreams” even happen? Just hearing wale sounds for 2:30 minutes doesn’t do it for me, even though I understand why he did it (this being a Lovecraft concept album and all) but I don’t think it added anything to the album at all. Even with those things that I personally think holds the album back a bit there is no denying Temple of Demigod has some wicked riffs and vocals. When it also all syncs well like in symbiosis with the synth like on “Black Rivers of Yuggoth”, “Becoming”, or the opener as I mentioned before, then it’s really great symphonic black/death metal. It’s just a bit too much at times and I generally think The Great Old Ones worked a bit better in that regard. I do think Onslaught of the Ancient Gods offers more highs though and some of the best work by Temple of Demigod.
Overall I do enjoy Onslaught of the Ancient Gods, it’s a good album with some really good songwriting in an area I love (Lovecraft mythos). Hell I am even in the planing stage of a Lovecraft inspired tattoo… I just think this could be even better, there are some thoughts on what could of been once the album is over for sure. A few bumps on the road shouldn’t hold you back from giving this album a listen though, especially for Lovecraft fans as this sure does it justice in both atmosphere and lyrics. If you liked the past work of Temple of Demigod then you will feel right at home here and like this too.
Written by J.B.