Masquerade by Temtris

Hailing from Nowra, NSW, Temtris are an outfit that are giving us a genre mixing delight with this 10 track album. Featuring snippets of Doom, Gothic, Rock and Thrash, they’ve moulded together tracks that will cater for all metal tastes, including those not of the heavy nature.

Featuring members Genevieve Rodda (vocals), llew Smith (Guitar/Vocals), Anthony Roberts (Guitar), Dale Green (Bass) and Ben Hart (Drums), "Masquerade" has the ability to get your head crushing to the heavy elements then let you down with at times muffled sounding guitars and backing death styled vocals which seem to sound out of place, with Genevieve’s stunning voice you get into a rhythm with the music and then there’s these guttural, almost gore grind sounding gargles which to me is unnecessary, if for the reason to make the music sound more heavy or brutal.

Musically Temtris are an excellent well drilled band, and with better production could improve tenfold, there’s times when the production lacks some balls with this release, and needs abit of clarity as the music seems to blends in together in certain areas and just needs some cleaning up. It’s a real shame for these guys as I know studio time and recording has a huge financial burden on bands but an improved sound on this album it could have been a completely different story. Genevieve’s vocals are the undoubted star of this recording, powerful and beautiful and keeps you drawn in, supported kindly by the band but like I said, better sound will make a better listen.

Temtris have the ability to really mark a on the Australian music scene with their style and hopefully down the track they’ll get the opportunity to do this, this album is definitely worth a listen to and there live shows are worth popping your head in for a good night, as hearing them live really do give them the credit they deserve.

Release Year: 2007
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Country: Australia

Reviewer: Hayden G.M.