Kolp - The Outside (Temple of Torturous)

Grim Hungarian Black Metal
Release Date: 
12 Nov 2012 - 12:30am

Kolp are from Hungary and, as far as I can work out, there are only two members. Information is scant on this outfit but The Outside is, I believe, a follow up to their 2010 release The Covered Pure Permanence. Jim Jones does vocals and Knot does all the instruments, so he's a busy lad.

If you like black metal then you may well like this, if not, I suggest you move along to the next aisle. There Was No Place to Hide opens this album with typical black metal drums  blasting a hole in your face while Jones delivers the usual howling/screeching vocals. The tempo
slows down then picks up again. And that's that. Nothing new here so far.

Next is The Initial State and again, it's more blasting drums and grating vocals. Again nothing new. It's all rather acceptable but Kolp are not exactly pioneering; the vocals are way back in the mix but they still cut through, and you're almost tricked into thinking the next track Drowning is an instrumental but right in the last minute or so, Jones drops in some vocals.

There are eight songs on here, all over four minutes long with half of them pushing five or six minutes so The Outside isn't an overly short affair. This can be seen as a good or bad thing, depending on your attitude towards the album. Throughout the album the over-drive pedals are on maximum with some nice chord/lead work on the guitars and it's all reminscent of cold, black, pointy ice castles where evil goblin kings do bad things. As mentioned before, there's nothing new here but it's an OK album. Remaining tracks such as The Void and the Silence or Interface has Dissolved are all fine efforts but the album isn't making me jump out of my bath-chair - and there's a weird background hiss to the production that detracts from my listening pleasure.

Not bad. Not brilliant.