Tales: Of Humanity And Greed, the latest full-length from French melodic death metal goliaths TEMNEIN is out today!
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 captivating 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 much more. Each story is linked to a common theme: the repetition of human error. 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).
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View the band’s previously released videos for “Rise Of The Sontarans,” “The Knotted Bag,” and “I Am Davy Jones” below.
Tales: Of Humanity And Greed is out now independently with worldwide digital distribution by Blood Blast, a new service powered by Nuclear Blast and Believe Music. Find ordering options at THIS LOCATION and HERE.
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.
“We could all use a little cheering up right now… and this will definitely cheer you up: ‘The Knotted Bag,’ the new single from the France’s TEMNEIN. The song is as excellent of a melodic death metal track as you’ll hear today, reminiscent of bands such as Omnium Gatherum and Kalmah. The video, meanwhile, is a highly entertaining animated clip that feels like an especially mean-spirited episode of South Park (which is really saying something).” — MetalSucks on “The Knotted Bag” video
“…a powerful modern melodic death metal record that is both cognizant of the high standards of the sub-genre in 2020 but also willfully tied to the classics that’d originally inspired them.” — Grizzly Butts
“…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.” — Toilet Ov Hell on “Rise Of The Sontarans”
“…a rich, and often vibrant record that stirs the imagination…” — Distorted Sound
“One of France’s most underrated bands have finally bloomed into something special.” — Source
“…nicely executed melodic death metal, where importantly for this subgenre, the music displays both extremity and catchiness in relatively equal measure…it is commendable the way in which the heaviness and the memorability are intertwined, without either losing their potency.” — Man Of Much Metal