Temblad - Mockery Of The Fanatic

Temblad is a relatively unknown band hailing from San Diego, U.S., but once they are heard it is hard to forget their sound. A two man group composed of Lorenzo Kemp on guitar, bass, and vocals along with Marlon Matthew on drums, Temblad draws on a variety of influences from Grindcore, Death Metal, and Thrash Metal. Their goal: to deliver a music that hits like a freight train with a certain level of class. Their EP 'Mockery Of The Fanatic' may seem at first from the cover art and title tracks like a typical anti-religious Death Metal piece that groups like Deicide would get into, but Temblad is in a whole different league from those legends. For one thing, the band is very technical. It is VERY hard to find a spot where listeners can get bored from hearing the same riffs over and over. While the music isn't wildly progressive as a band like Opeth, each track seems to hold its own. Right from the start, "Paralytic" comes in with some clean guitar that sounds like it could have come from a more mainstream group like The Faceless, and even though the drums seem a bit muffled it has a very slick sound to it. The vocals are a wide range of roars, growls, and shouts that definitely match the tenacity of the guitars. One moment it sounds like snarls that would fit the Thrash genre and the next its Death growls. Some may find it is unpredictable, but this is something the underground Metal fans out there will enjoy quite a bit. Temblad have a raw touch to them- vocally and musically- that doesn't really seem to fit the mainstream line of Metal these days, but it is the rawness of the music that seems to give them their freedom to just unleash whatever they want upon listeners. Fortunately, it is well directed without feeling too random or short, like some Grindcore hybrids tend to be.

Other tracks like "Strateggedon" draw more on the Grindcore influences with less rhythm and melody and focus more on speed. Here the drums just sound like machine gun fire hammering next to the drums which have their technical moments, but overall this is one of the more intense tracks on the album. And haphazard. Kemp has a very distinct pattern of switching between heavy Groove Metal based riffs on the guitar to pull in listeners and then once hooked, unleashes a very enjoyable solo that definitely shows skill rather than a random hashing of riffs in a garage. Vocally, this track may seem a bit less inconsistent as it goes between deep growls and almost a squeal of a scream, but it continues with the unpredictability factor. "Winter" focuses more on a Death Metal structure with a bit more blast beating and less solos and sadly, as enjoyable as the guitars are, sometimes it feels like the drums are a bit overshadowed here. Like in most Metal bands, some listeners may tend to feel that with Temblad's full force approach, the guitars and vocals tend to steal the show.

Howeverm that is not the case with the closing "Mockery Of The Fanatic" which has some Morbid Angel influence in it with the guttural vocal style and 'burst effect' of the drums while the guitars hold a steady rhythm. If "Paralytic" was the shining song for the guitars, then this is the one for Matthew on the drums. He completely obliterates here in a manner that is noticable, not overshadowed. Plus, to mix things up, Temblad also toss in a moment of atmosphere with some chanting and then go right back to destroying earholes. Ultimately, this is a small start, but a big start. 'Mockery Of The Fanatic' is going to be one of those albums that one really wants to listen to when they want to be amped up, but aren't looking for something that is going to wear out on them in a week or so. It isn't for every Metal fan out there (those who enjoy more melodic based Metal with a bit of clean singing will probably be off put by the ferocious speed and vocal output here) but Temblad are taking solid steps away from being a cookie cutter band that so many get frustrated with.

  1. Paralytic
  2. Stratageddon
  3. Winter
  4. Mockery Of The Fanatic

Coatl Music
Reviewer: Colin McNamara
Dec 14, 2012

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