Folks at Beverina hailed Butterfly Temple as the best Slavonic Pagan band of
1999. I must say that there is a good deal of validity to that statement.
This self-released debut album is indeed a very interesting and masterful
release. First of all, no matter where you look, the level of accomplishment
is very impressive. You can say right away that these guys are all
professional musicians, most likely trained in music schools and academies.
And the band certainly put a lot of work into this release. The production
values and album's layout are excellent.
While the music is not very dark or brutal, it is a peculiar combination of
folk-laden doom and heavy metal with a few mild dabs of black. Butterfly
Temple took catchy, traditional-style riffing and satiated it with infectious
leads, lush keyboards and a sizable folk influence. One exception to an
otherwise excellent work is that they chose to cover Moonspell's "Alma
Mater." Maybe it's just me, but here, I think, is where they wondered a bit
too far into the cheesy side of things. This, however, is only a minor
setback when the rest of the album is that good.
The vocals, both in Russian and English, are really diverse. The singer does
everything from clean singing and spoken word to black metal screams and more
standard gruff vocals. There are also two really good session female
singers, and another guy who in a few places does a type of heavy metal clean
singing very similar to those on Amorphis' "Tales From The Thousand Lakes."
You could actually draw a parallel between these two albums. Not because
they sound similarly - they don't - but on a more general level of how both
bands combined rather disparate metal elements with their countries' rich
folk influences and made it sound really good and original. But that's not
all. They used a saxophone on two songs. Think about it folks, a saxophone.
It brought a very softened touch that many people may dislike, but the fact
that the band were bold enough to do it still stands. Like I said above, the
black metal influence here is very mild. Only rarely they would break into a
short blackened segment, and that's about it, but it's perfectly fine because
the music is great already, dedicated to, you guessed it, none other than
For those who are too lazy to read everything written above, I'll sum it up
in one sentence. If extremely well executed melodic, keyboard-laden, folk
influenced pagan metal with varied vocals that still maintains a hard edge
sounds like your thing, you will most likely end up cherishing this album
Butterfly Temple official web-page: http://btemple.newmail.ru/
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