Temple Of Nihil – Schadenfreude

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Grimm Distribution
Released: 2019
Buy Album [URL]: https://grimmdistribution.bandcamp.com/album/040gd-temple-of-nihil-schadenfreude-2019
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/templeofnihil

Band line-up:

Corpse – Vocals (backing)/Bass
Draug – Vocals/Guitar
Nikolai Vykhodtsev – Drums


1. Descending
2. Into the Slough
3. Ode
4. Schadenfreude
5. Snakes in My Skull
6. Htrib
7. Posting
8. All Turns to Nihil
9. To Fireburner
10. With Flames and Chaos


Representing Ukraine are modern black metal act Temple of Nihil who have released their first album “Schadenfreude”, working their music into occultism and obscurity.

This albums shows off its destructive riffs and hell-like atmosphere along with its extremely raspy vocal style from Corpse. Fascinating blast beats mixed with deep demonic vocals are delivered alongside, providing tunes one could pull faces to in satisfaction. A notable track was “Ode”, which produced a very dirty intensity. This could remind you of American blackened death metal group Morbosidad. The production was unpredictable with many changes and surprises lurking. Blackened grooves make the release ruthless and grim. The band expressed their commendable skills at tremolo picking and heavy blasts from drums playing alongside fierce vocals aiming straight to the core. Furthermore, it is recommended to explore the sinister lull possessed in the album to conclude the tiring heaviness produced earlier.

This work is distinct in cadence with its goal in spreading darkness and having so much to deliver to us. It contains a large variety in tempo and texture dancing beside brutality. Rhythm guitars corresponded well with the lead guitars. Personally, I felt this release expressed a cold, sinister sound that I very much value; I felt great outbursts along with an interactive production. I can definitely say that this is a superb album.

A truly valuable release from Ukraine showing what there is to enjoy about modern-day black metal.

Review by

Ambra Chilenwa