Temblad are a new thrash/death metal band from California, and their debut EP is titled Mockery of the Fanatic. Founded by vocalist/guitarist Lorenzo Kemp and drummer Marlon Matthew, the band recently added bassist David Calhoun and guitarist Kevork Sheohmelian to the ranks, though they don't apper here on the EP. Mockery of the Fanatic is a solid debut, showing that the band have plenty of chops and have studied the Bay Area & Florida scenes well. You can hear influeces from Megadeth, Testament, Death, Morbid Angel, Atheist, Metallica, and Exodus throughout these four songs, as they range from tight, precise, technical thrash to a brutal form of progressive death metal. Kemp's vocals jump from gutteral growls & grunts to a more thrash based snarl, and his guitar riffs & leads are spot on, adding power and depth to tracks like "Stratageddon" and "Winter". Add the flailing kit attack from Matthew and you have a formidable duo that no doubt will be even more potent with the newly fleshed out line-up. The title track sees them diving further into more developed death metal arrangements, and I'd love to hear them go more in this type of direction and tackle longer songs like this. The shorter, manic thrash styled tunes are cool too, but I think they have more up their sleeve that they haven't really shown us yet.
Definitely a young band to keep your eye on.
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