Magister Templi - Lucifer Leviathan Logos

Magister Templi - Lucifer Leviathan Logos

(CD, Cruz Del Sur Music, 2013)

Is this another ‘occult’ Metal band? Well, so and so. MAGISTER TEMPLI comes from the icy lands of Norway and “Lucifer Leviathan Logos” serves as the debut full CD of this weird Oslo-based quintet. With seven songs clocking to some 37 minutes of music you can understand we’re talking about long durations here, hence the Doom/Heavy categorization is not out of the question.

This debut CD sees the band blending the 80s doomy Heavy Metal style of bands like PENTAGRAM, SOLITUDE AETURNUS, PAGAN ALTAR and WITCHFINDER GENERAL with the legendary atmosphere of (Dio era) RAINBOW and some details also seen in bands of today’s occult Rock/Metal scene. Heavy guitars create dominant riffs the way Tony Iommi was putting them some decades ago and the bass follows in the same distorted path, thus the ambiance becomes mysterious and crawling without much work. Up-tempo parts here and there are self explanatory for the usage of the drums parts variety while the vocals are shadowy and perpendicular for this sub-genre’s wants.

Demons, spells, witchcraft and magic are the lyrics menu and what’s left is the hypothetical essence of the songlist in order to talk about a masterpiece of its own. Without speaking about a bad album, I think the CD lacks the repetitive energy needed for such releases; that’s why it cannot be categorized as a ‘grower’ kind of disc since it does not leave space for more to ask as soon as the first audition is over. With a production that (theoretically speaking) wears a vintage mask at all cost, “Lucifer Leviathan Logos” becomes a little surprise at the first 2-3 songs in its own pride but it unfortunately loses the heavyweight needed after 10-15 minutes…

Long hair, beards, the cold atmosphere of Scandinavia and the superior influence from the NWOBHM days of Doom Metal (with a little American flavor poured in, too) sums it up to a band and debut album you can easily test before putting it in your shopping basket. They keep an eye on highest ranks and we’d surely be waiting for the crucial follow-up disc but, as for now, MAGISTER TEMPLI has released a set of songs that are above the average but below the exciting scale of stardom.





01. Master Of The Temple
02. Lucifer
03. The Innsmouth Look
04. Leviathan
05. Tiphareth
06. Logos


Abraxas d'Ruckus - Vocals
Baphomet - Guitar
Patriark - Guitar
Akoman - Bass
Grimmdun - Drums