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A literal bolt from the blue (or deepest black?), emerging with no warning and even less fanfare, Stygian Temple released their debut album, In the Sign of the Five Angles, on CD format in 2016. With no prior public recordings, this release flew far too under the radar of even the most diehard underground-dwellers, which is criminal to say the very least: here, Stygian Temple evinced a mastery of black metal that defied their otherwise-new standing. Indeed, one could even say that In the Sign of the Five Angles was some lost Sombre Records release from the late '90s, so authentic was its ancient pallor - but then again, the late/great Sombre would NEVER release a CD in the first place...
The Sinister Flame lives in the present, but breathes the past just as potently, and therein lies the rationale for at last unleashing Stygian Temple's In the Sign of the Five Angles on vinyl for the first time ever. Whether the year is 2020 or 1998, this 41-minute opus is driven by a timeless, purely Satanic fanaticism. After the appropriately mood-setting intro, this Teutonic duo then transforms the six subsequent tracks into a menacing void of cold & atmospheric all-caps BLACK METAL. It's imperative to understand that latter point here, for Stygian Temple possess an exceedingly astute grasp of melodicism: surely, a word that might rankle the noses of those who grew up in more modern times of "cavernous"-this and "sepulchral"-that, but cast your gaze back to the days of purple 'n' blue covers and one will find that nearly every worthy horde back then backed up their battery with spiraling, nightsky-melodic riffing. Such is the case here, tenfold, and it's welded onto thoroughly dynamic, first-class songwriting that sacrifices not an ounce of power nor nuance. We could make further references to early Watain, even-earlier Dark Funeral, and perhaps Mayhem's De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas to give a clearer view of Stygian Temple's primary influences, but on evidence of In the Sign of the Five Angles, their glorification of Satan is entirely their own.
Thanks to the ever-flowing mass of useless "black metal" that's shamelessly released by hundreds of labels on a monthly basis, there are many pearls that never get the attention they would very much deserve nor seem to reach the right hands. Thus, The Sinister Flame deems it their duty to shine a further blacklight on Stygian Temple's In the Sign of the Five Angles by releasing it on vinyl. You snooze, you pose! [quote Label]