The best of both worlds.
That is one way of describing Black Temple’s debut on Razzia Notes. The band, formerly known as Odyssey, has expanded its horizon and added melodies to their primitive aggression. With Magnus Lindberg from Cult of Luna in the producer’s seat the members felt safe to try new unexplored paths.
– He's like a wizard. It was absolutely magical to work with him, says the group's guitarist Marcus Witold.
Since its inception in 2010, the band has built a reputation as one of Sweden’s most ferocious live bands. The hot-headed trio from Helsingborg only knows one way to play music: as if every note was the very last. This is evident when the group is on stage and it is also the attitude that permeates the sequel to "Abysmal Despair" (Transubstans Records, 2012). The desperate feeling that everything one day will end is present in every note.
"It All Ends" was supposed to come out already in 2014 but live shows, including a three-week European tour with Bombus, postponed the release. With hindsight Marcus Witold says that the delay was merely beneficial.
– We have been able to refine the songs and during the process we found a new approach to songwriting. Today, everyone is much more involved than before.
Their friend and singer /songwriter Sebastian Wijk was invited into the songwriting to bring some melody to the band's brutality. While "Abysmal Despair" was a pretty straight-forward album with nods to both MC5 and the Hellacopters the sequel offers completely different dynamics. The recording took place in the now defunct Studio Huvudstaden of Söderköping with Magnus Lindberg in the producer's seat. The tasteful album cover was photographed by Johanna Torell.
What about the name change? Marcus Witold explains that there were simply already too many bands with the same name.
- Black Temple fits our new musical direction better. The music is pretty hard, with a solid foundation, but at the same time with strong melodies.
And now it is finally time for the debut release on Razzia Notes, according to Marcus Witold "Sweden's coolest record label." The band hopes that "It All Ends" means even more opportunities to trash instruments and make amplifiers explode in clubs around the world. When every note is delivered as if life was at stake things go overboard sometimes. This is three extremely passionate musicians who are determined to give as much as they can before everything is over.
"It All Ends" is just the beginning.