Terra Builder – Solar Temple Review

When I think of a term as Terra Builder the first thing that comes to mind is the science fiction inspired process of terraforming which is the process of transforming – a planet – so as to resemble the earth, especially so that it can support human life. It’s been a while sci-fi has turned into a very popular theme among Metal bands, but that’s the first I ran into this very especific theme. Even though space and ethereal themes are so present in the iconography of the band, my dear child of the night won’t find them in their music. I mean, it’s in the lyrics, but not in the mood or atmosphere, or I got it all wrong. Maybe the sometimes slow cadence is the way Terra Builder found to add all ethreal intent sci-fi themes require. Or, maybe, it’s the chaos. Maybe the band is following the theory of chaos. To the band the universe is the place of a constant and dark chaos. Yeah, that’s it.

“Solar Temple’s” press release describes the album as a Death Metal/Grindcore hybrid. I’m so sorry to disagree because I don’t see many Grindcore’s features here. Maybe because I’m not that used to the genre or maybe because the fastest parts of the songs are to me pure Brutal Death Metal. For instance, album warmer “End of Orbit” has a guitar lead which is very rare thing in Grindcore. But, of course, this has nothing to do with the quality of the album. “Solar Temple” is solid. Very solid. I see here a band ith strong notions of what they want to with their music. This is very impressive as “Solar Temple” is Terra Builder’s debut album.

As I said before, “Solar Temple’s” sonancy is pretty near Brutal Death Metal. Terra Builder have a very direct approach to their music. That means, in a physical matter, it’s a punch in the jaw. A direct hit. On the other hand, there are some very technical approaches which, from where I’m standing, takes their music far from what is recognized as Grindcore. “Interplanetary Portal,” for instance, has a tribal drumming that intensifies greatly the power of the song. Listing to tracks as “Constant Cosmic Failure” anf others the feeling I get is exactly what I yold, the album has so many Brutal Death Metal features than Grindcore. This, of course, doesn’t diminish the band’s music. On the opposite. Just my opinion. I’ll die with it on.

Terra Builder “Solar Temple” was released on September 29th via Transcending Obscurity Records.

Track Listing:

  1. End of Orbit
  2. Interplanetary Portal
  3. Constant Cosmic Failure
  4. Abyss
  5. Solar Temple
  6. Dead Celestial
  7. Total Overcome
  8. Carbon Based Misery
  9. Cryogenic Sleep

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