Magister Templi – Into Duat (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Genre: Heavy Metal

Traditional, NWOBHM-inspired, denim and leather metal… sometimes it’s just what the doctor ordered. And Oslo’s Magister Templi dish it out in spades.

Based on Egyptian mythology, Into Duat will put a smile on your face with its Mercyful Fate, Angel Witch and Iron Maiden worship, and songs like Slaying Apophis will make you shake your locks like it’s 1983 all over again.

However, no matter hard he tries, vocalist Abraxas d’Ruckus is no Bruce Dickinson, King Diamond or Dio: his singing is an acquired taste, sounding downright silly on the likes of Anubis and not doing Patriark and Baphomet’s exceptional guitarwork the justice it deserves.

And that’s a shame, as the pair boast guitar tones which many men would kill for, and play riffs which will strike straight at the heart of any self-respecting metalhead – Lord of the Morning is a particularly impressive example of their talents, but the whole album is packed with razor-sharp fretwork.

There are some fine moments on Into Duat – however to compete with fellow Scandinavian trad metallers like Noctum, Magister Templi need a re-think.

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