Magister Templi is a Norwegian Heavy Metal band, as they point, their lyrics and song topics are inspired by Western mysticism, ritual magic and alchemy.
The band was founded in 2008 by singer Abraxas and Guitarist Baphomet, and released a digital demo (called "Lucifer/Restoration") in 2010. After finally recruiting a full set of five members in the fall of 2011, the band played some concerts in Norway supporting bands such as Pagan Altar (UK), as well as performing at the Inferno Festival 2012. In June 2012, they self-released their first EP titled “Iao Sabao”, with a concept mainly centered on the ancient Greek Bornless Ritual and the alchemical picture series Splendor Solis; shortly after, they signed a contract with Cruz del Sur Music and released their debut full length "Lucifer Leviathan Logos"
Musically we can describe the band as mix of NWOBHM with some Traditional Doom Metal influences as well. You will discover many influences of bands like Witchfinder General and Pagan Altar, some Witchfynde, some Sanctus (UK) and some Angelwitch are also there.
One of their strongest feature is the riffing on their songs, good riffs are the key points for good Heavy Metal songs right? well this band got plenty of good riffs. They got a straight and simple structure on their songs emphasizing mainly on a passionate approach on their Steel.
From a band with such a name and such a lyrical concept you may expect a musical focus on the retro 70s Occult Rock stuff -as it usually happens nowadays- however the band is straightly crossing Heavy Metal paths and the result is a really good album full of NWOBHM inspired Steel!
I simply got nothing more to write, such bands deserve our support!
ps. "Leviathan" is the best track of the record! It simply rules!