"One of the latest Sunn 0))) incarnations goes by the name of Pentemple - an unholy alliance between the usual Sunn 0))) boys (Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson), ambient artist Oren Ambarchi, and black metal visionaries Attila Csihar and Sin Nanna (AKA Striborg). The result is a little more freeform than I expected (only because this is one of the very few times Sunn 0))) has performed with drums) and a little less guitar-oriented than I had hoped for considering the fact that O'Malley, Anderson, and Ambarchi all contributed guitar to the project in some form."
"The album is spine-tingling to the extreme and one of the more interesting Southern Lord releases in recent memory. Above the prerequisite layers of rumbling, unrelenting drones are vocals ranging from ethereal chants to black metal screeches, beyond spastic drumming, and analog synth squelches. This kind of album is soothing yet cathartic, and after the forty minutes or so it takes to listen to the whole thing, I feel like the sound waves have penetrated the deepest recesses of my psyche. This album could be the soundtrack to a shamanic initiation... grim, uncompromising, and timeless yet somehow archaic."
"What we have here ends up being a totally different expierience than what you might expect from these guys. The music is for the most part improvised sounding riffs, drones, and eerie feedback. Some of the riffs and sections sound a little more grandiose than the the usual repetoire from these guys, somewhat remeniscent of the material on the Altar album. Towards the end of the album there is even this interesting feeback section that is somewhat soothing. The vocals are toally insane shrieks, cries, and some ominous chanting, that is definitely unsettling. All in all, this is certainly not your average drone album, as the focus is more on creating an unsettling atmosphere, as opposed to a total trance vibe. The fact that this is an actual recording of a live show makes it even more bizarre, as it is difficult to even picture five guys playing what comes off this album."