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Temple Of Knowledge

Kataklysm Audio CD
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart...this is Deathmeatal Dec 18 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although I am a huge Kataklysm fan and I find pleasure in listening to this release I would not recommend it for the casual fan of the band or someone who has discovered the band through their newer studio albums. This album features Sylvain Houde on lead vocals with the more familiar Maurizio Iacono on bass and backing vocals and takes a bit to grow on you. This is Kataklysm before the polish, before the iconic confidence that has made them the force that they are today. Don't get me wrong, this is some brutal stuff, I just think they try a bit to hard to get into the Rush like five part song titles instead of focusing on what us death metal fans truly love...speed, force, power and devastation. I hope I didn't ruin this album for you with my review. I like it but I love their newer stuff with Maurizio on vocals. Temple of Knowledge is ahead of its time in a world were Canadian death metal was in its infancy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect synthesis of melody and brutality May 7 2007
By Michael P. Santangelo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite album of all time. My favorite type of death metal is that which combines melody with brutality. Temple of Knowledge does this better than anything I've ever heard. One thing that makes this album so special are the song structures. The songs just seem to flow flawlessly from riff to riff. There's not one riff on the whole album that seems pointless or out of place. Every piece to every song makes perfect sense. The riffs are very melodic and memorable. The drumming is tight and speedy with enough blast beats to satisfy any death head. The drumming is creative enough that even though he's constantly blasting, it never sounds bland or boring. Then there are the vocals. WOW!!! This is the best vocal performance I have ever heard on a death metal album. Sylvain Houde shows a good range of low growls and high pitched shrieks. What really makes the vocals stand out are the patterns and phrasing. They are totally unique. Sylvain sings in a pattern different from the rest of the music, but it still works. Also, the lyrics on this album are very unique and creative. This album is a masterpiece. I recommend it to any fan of extreme music.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kataklysmykal,inspirational,vortexual hyperblasts.......... May 9 2002
By "imbraceher" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
is all you need to make you're day.the goosebumbs will stay with
you throughout this mystikal journey,if you want a lesson in brutality,here you go,sylvain houde,IS the most brutalist vocalist i have ever heard,it's grinding dueling vocals at its best.
this masterpeice is timeless,it will make you "UTTERLY" speechless.THIS "IS" THE ONLY TRUE NORTHERN HYPERBLAST.
BUY THEM ALL.............................
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best Oct. 21 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best death metal albums in history.The vocals are just insane. You have to get this album if you like any kind of metal!!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album rocks and should be heard by all! Nov. 16 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I like the album alot! I think it should have sounded abit more like Sorcery with the vocl style, but other than that This album rocks!
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HEAVY METAL POWER March 24 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT !!!!THIS IS THE ULTIMATE IN HEAVY METAL!!!!
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