Exclusive: Listen to what might be the best death metal record of the year, courtesy of Detroit’s Temple Of Void.

Every band could stand to learn something from Temple Of Void. Ever since the release of their incredible 2014 debut Of Terror And The Supernatural, the Detroit-based death-doom quintet have never stopped working, refining their sound and promoting their work through shows big and small. Whether at a massive national festival or a two-day underground showcase, Temple Of Void are there, making heads bang furiously to the crushing rhythms while remaining friendly and approachable at the merch table.

For these reasons — not to mention the addictive quality of their stomping, eldritch riffs — the band have become a staple of today’s death metal scene, and rightfully earned the #3 slot on our list of the 50 greatest bands within the genre today.

The culmination of all their hard work is The World That Was, Temple Of Void’s third full-length release and easily their most ambitious and impressive. On this album, the band have expanded their sound, stretching the boundaries explored on its 2017 predecessor Lords Of Death by adding moments of towering, long-form yearning and supplementing their hammer-footed chugs with winding guitar harmonies, clerical synths, and haunting clean vocals that bring Temple Of Void’s infernal imagery to life.

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