EXHUMED FROM THE PAST: TEMPLE

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Formed in summer months of 1995, TEMPLE, a Doom/Black act, is considered one of the biggest and most respected extreme metal bands coming from Puerto Montt, Chile. This project was born shortly after the demise of VERBIMUS. In 1999 TEMPLE released an impressive EP titled The Crepuscular Circle Of Eternity where you can hear an interesting mix of Doom and Black stuff plus some contemporary Heavy metal influences.

The line-up of this recording included Sekker (TEMPLE, EXCORIATE, FUNERAL CHANT, ex-METZERGENZEIN) on vocals, Julio Bórquez (ATOMIC AGGRESSOR, CAPILLA ARDIENTE, ex-AGANICE, ex-INSORCIST, etc.) on guitars, Mauricio Enipane (ex-VERBIMUS, ex-MENTAL ATROPHY, ex-DRAKHER) on drums and César Orellana on bass guitar. The EP was released on pro tape by Extreme Music in a limited edition of 250 copies. Is relevant to mention that The Crepuscular Circle Of Eternity is one of the first “professional” extreme metal recordings in Puerto Montt’s underground scene.

R-8663525-1466164234-7964.jpegShortly after the release of The Crepuscular…, the band lost three of the members that recorded the EP, remaining only Sekker, who start searching for new members to continue with TEMPLE. After trying different line-up, the band put out a new demo tape titled just as Demo-Advance in 2003 including two tracks: a new version of ‘Nosferatu’s Passion’ and ‘Lady Ghost’. The new stuff sounds more oriented to the Doom and Black territories than the previous work criticized because of its Heavy metal influences.

Another demo was released on CD in 2005 including for the first time in TEMPLE’s history a song sung in Spanish language and a couple of cover tunes from Czech ROOT and German BETHLEHEM. It was titled Laudes Del Malfadado. Between 2008 and 2010 TEMPLE released 3 different productions: Mistress of the Timeless Shadows (single, 2008), Promo (demo, 2009) and Single + Promo Rehearsal (demo, 2010).

TEMPLE enters again to the studio to release a 3 way split CD with THE FALLEN and MISCHIEVOUS AUGURY. Issued on CD by the Chilean label From The Grave Productions, TEMPLE included 3 songs:  ‘Mistress of Timeless Shadows’, ‘Only A Flame In The Darkness’ and ‘Gilgamesh’. TEMPLE takes participation on another split release in 2015 titled A Funeral Chant in the Temple of Behead Christ, issued by Old Silver Productions. The other 2 bands were FUNERAL CHANT and BEHEAD CHRIST. TEMPLE contributed with the tracks ‘Introduction to Mourn’, ‘First Meeting’ and ‘Last Halt in the High Volcano’.

In 2016 The Crepuscular… was officially re-released for the first time on vinyl format in a limited edition of 500 copies by Chile’s Melipulli Records. This version was remastered and contains one extra track: it is a sung version of the instrumental composition ‘Tears into the Nocturnal Haze’, the fourth track on the original tape version released by Extreme Music back in 1999. A new release was announced: a split CD including stuff from Brazil’s BLAZING CORPSE and TEMPLE, whose title would be The Blazing Temple.

Exhumed From The Past: VERBIMUS

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VERBIMUS was a short lived band and is between one of the first extreme metal bands in Puerto Montt city, Chile. VERBIMUS was formed from the ashes of MENTAL ATROPHY in 1994, another early extreme metal project coming from the same spot and split-up in 1996. Their sound was labeled as Doom/Black metal at the time. They’ve released just two productions between 1994 and 1995.

The first one was an independent demo tape titled just as Rehearsal in 1994. This tape included just two songs: “A Millenium Of Dread And Sadness” and “Dwellers In The Wind”The line-up on this demo included Iván Bobadilla (CODEX GIGAS, ex-VERBIMUS, ex-TEMPLE) and Nelson Altamirano, both on guitars, Julio Bórquez (ATOMIC AGGRESSOR, CAPILLA ARDIENTE, ex-AGANICE, ex-INSORCIST, etc.) on bass guitar, Mauricio Enipane (ex-TEMPLE, ex-MENTAL ATROPHY, ex-DRAKHER) on drums and Fernando Olivares (TEMPLE, EXCORIATE, FUNERAL CHANT, ex-METZERGENZEIN) on vocals, who later would use the pseudonym of ‘Sekker’.

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VERBIMUS released the, for sure, first professional production in the local extreme metal scene ever, The Stone Is Grit… demo. Released on pro-tape format as an independent production, this demo included three tracks: “A Millennium of Dread and Sadness”, “Quintrala: Pagan Dream” and “Dwellers in the Wind”. It was recorded between July 22-28, 1995, in Studios Attic, Santiago, Chile, by Marco Cusato, known for his work with bands like ABHORRENT, NECRODEAD, WARPATH, among others.

At the time the line-up was integrated Iván Bobadilla on guitars, Julio Bórquez on bass guitar, Walter Tölg (HETROERTZEN, ex-HHAHDA, ex-HORNS, ex-DIE KUNST DER FINSTERNIS, ex-DRAKHER, etc.) on drums and Fernando Olivares on vocals. The backing vocals on this demo were performed by Aldo Doomicus (ex-BEWITCHED, ex-NOTUNG, ex-MJÖLNER).

Finally, The Stone Is Grit… was officially released in October of 1995. In October of 1996, and to promote their release to the local extreme metal community, VERBIMUS share stage with FORKED at legendary Cirus Bar in Puerto Montt, a Death/Grind band coming from the neighboring city of Calbuco, who were promoting their demo debut at the time, titled Electromutilated.

On its short existence, VERBIMUS shared the stage with EXECRATOR, SLAVERY, UNDERCROFT, 13 CANDLESS, ALIENATE, ACRIMONIOUS, FORKED, INQUISICIÓN, BLACK MOON, among others.

*All the information published was collected from different written sources.

Exhumed From The Past: ARADIS

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For everyone who saw ARADIS playing live on stage, there is no doubt they were at the time one of the best bands coming from Puerto Montt city, located in southern Chile. ARADIS was a Doom/Death metal entity with some Black influences. Strongly inspired by bands like TIAMAT, PARADISE LOST, MY DYING BRIDETORMENTOR (Hun), among others, the band was formed in the mid of 1997.

The classic line-up included Patricio Inostroza (known as Azael) on vocals, Cristian Cárcamo (currently in SATANIC RIPPER, HALLUX VALGUS, ex-MORTINATVM) on drums, David Briones (currently in SON IN CURSE, THE BLACK HARVEST, ex-REGNUM ET MORTEM) and Jaime Aros (currently in REGNUM ET MORTEM) on guitars, Jorge Campos on bass guitar and Héctor Rubio (currently in REGNUM ET MORTEM, ex-TEMPLE) on keyboards. Other members who participated in this project were Víctor Low (currently in DEMONIC RAGE, RUINED, FUNERAL CHANT, ex-INFERNAL SLAUGHTER, ex-WARFARE) on keyboards and Francisco on guitars and bass.

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Morbid Metal V flyer (2000). ARADIS shared stage with IN MORTIS, BURNING FLESH, WARFARE, DISTORTION, among others.

The style was characterized by the use of mid-tempo guitars and acoustic interludes, melodic arrangements on keyboards, guttural vocals and some double kicks here and there on drums. The band composed around 9 songs and just recorded two of these songs: “My Dark” and “The Rebellion” but was never released. Other titles were “Dark Souls”, “Endless Tempest” and “Black Death Butterflies”.

Early 2000 the band worked on a demo recording with Walter Tölg (currently in HETROERTZEN, SAPIENTIA, ex-HHAHDA, ex-HORNS, ex-VERBIMUS, etc.) in Puerto Varas city, 16 kilometers away to the north of Puerto Montt but, for different reasons it was never finished despite the interest showed by the extreme metal scene, fanzines and labels at the time.

ARADIS participated of the classic Morbid Metal shows in their hometown, played some shows in Osorno, Valdivia, Punta Arenas and Temuco and shared stage with bands as TEMPLE, BLACK MOON, DORSO, BEWITCHED, HETROERTZEN, INQUISICIÓN, TORTURER, EPSILON, RETRAL, UNDERCROFT, VICTIMIZED, BURNING FLESH, IN MORTIS, etc.

ARADIS demise occurred in 2002 and after that, some members have tried to reform the band with a different musical direction with no success. The only ARADIS recordings you can find today is some old videos on YouTube performing some original songs and cover tunes live on stage.

*Thanks to David Briones for the information provided.