I don’t know what it is about Temtris. Their music has been steadily increasing in quality over the course of their discography, yet they continue to present it in the shittiest artwork they can come up with.
This one isn’t the worst, but it still looks like a conceptual sketch and not a completed design. If I didn’t know this band better, I would hesitate to give this album a listen if I went by the cover art alone – and there are a lot of people who do.
If you’re one of those people, look past the cover and go straight to the music, because that’s where the business is at. Rapture is foot to the floor heavy metal ferocity that shows little respite. The first breather from the neck-snapping pace comes with the intro of ‘Serpent’ that builds up to an huge cascading riff, a slower track bracketed nicely between the top gear ‘Run’ and the thrashfest ‘Parasite’ – one of several classic-style riffmongering epics that adorn this release. ‘Carry You’ is another, and ‘Wings of Death’ with its heavy chug riff; ‘Run’ and ‘Fight’ are just flat out thrash songs fuelled by speed.
Music like this is only truly effective when paired with a powerful voice, and Temtris is well-served by Genevieve Rodda’s soaring vocals. Expressive and loud, there are moments, most noticeably in ‘Flames of Defiance’, where she almost over-sings to get above the band but if anything that only emphasises what a force of nature she is. Rapture is another strong entry in the Temtris catalogue. It’s even better, and possibly heavier, than Enter the Asylum, which was very good indeed. What they need now is quality cover art.
- Flames of Defiance
- Wings of Death
- Carry You
- Rise of Dawn