Toilet Ov Hell is pleased to debut “Rise Of The Sontarans,” the latest video from French melodic death metal behemoths TEMNEIN. The track appears on their third full-length, Tales: Of Humanity And Greed, set to drop May 22nd.
Hailing TEMNEIN’s ability to write, “evocative pieces in the oldschool style that quickly switch to the anthemic nature of the mid-’00s scene,” Toilet Ov Hell adds of the track, “opening with a sharp melodic motif in the modern style, the track evolves slowly but surely with the constant motion of the pedal riffing groove, functioning as a build-up for an infectiously fun jumpy guitar solo that ends in a sweet harmony. Fans of At The Gates, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Mors Principium Est, Kataklysm and similar modern melodeath acts will rejoice together with these French pals raising their voices at the, ‘They are the Sontarans!’ chant.
Elaborates the band of the hilarious potato-dicing clip, “The lyrical concept is about the Sontarans, a group of belligerent characters which looks like angry potatoes and appear on the TV program Doctor Who. Directed by Vincent Tournaud, this video includes many references to Doctor Who‘s universe and shows a close friend of the band trying to cook potatoes that look weird… Because those are Sontarans! It’s the shortest song of the album but also the most dynamic and live-oriented so it was the perfect fit for a video.”
View TEMNEIN’s “Rise Of The Sontarans,” now playing at Toilet Ov Hell, at THIS LOCATION.
View the band’s previously released videos for “The Knotted Bag” and “I Am Davy Jones” below.
Produced by “El Mobo” (Loudblast, ETHS, The Great Old Ones, Eryn Non Dae) at Conkrete Studio in Bordeaux, France, Tales: Of Humanity And Greed is a thrilling ten-rack journey thematically based on various stories, myths, and legends exploring classic childhood occidental fairy tales, unsung fables from Asia and Inuit lands, pop culture universes (ie Legend Of Zelda, Majora’s Mask, Doctor Who), and so much more. Each story is linked however to a common theme: the repetition of human error and avidity across time. Musically, TEMNEIN here employs shorter song structures than previous offerings adding more dynamics to their melo-death foundation. More doom/death and post-metal influences have crept into the band’s sound consequently enhancing the overall atmosphere. The record comes swathed in the stunning artwork of Vincent Fouquet (Meshuggah, Kataklysm, Moonsorrow, Kampfar, Nordjevel).
Tales: Of Humanity And Greed will see a physical release independently with worldwide digital distribution by Blood Blast, a new service powered by Nuclear Blast and Believe Music. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.
Forged in France in 2009, TEMNEIN invokes the spirits of At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Ghost Brigade, Insomnium, Opeth, In Mourning, and the like while remaining singular in their output. The band has released two prior full-lengths: 404 B.C. (2014) through Mighty Music and White Stained Inferno (2017) through Massacre Records, both of which reaped critical accolades from various international metal outlets. Of White Stained Inferno, Decibel Magazine wrote in part, “In addition to a slew of driving, main riffs, TEMNEIN fit in fancy leads, licks and melodies, furious and rhythmic drumming and plenty of vocals..” Added The Metal Observer, “The band effortlessly combine melody and aggression, delivering a number of fantastic songs that will live long in the memory.”
Over their decade-plus time together, TEMNEIN has toured through Europe, the UK, Russia, and Japan, including support slots with the likes of At The Gates, Beyond Creation, Hate, Mors Principium Est, The Crwn, Svart Crown, and many others. The band has performed a host of European festivals including Durbuy Rock Festival, HRH Fest, Aalborg Rock & Metal Fest, and Loud Farm Fest with more live invasions to be announced in the months to come.