TEMPLE OF DAGON: New Hymn From West Coast Crust Conjurors Streaming At Invisible Oranges

[by Paul Lee]

California crust conjurors, TEMPLE OF DAGON, will release Revelations Of The Spirit this June via Black Voodoo Records. Captured by Alex Estrada (Xibalba, Touche Amore, Silver Snakes et al) at Earth Capital Studios in Los Angeles, California and mastered by Dan Randall (Cannabis Corpse, Iron Reagan, Fucked Up et al) at Mammoth Sound in Alameda, California, the four-track EP is a pure and menacing manifestation of audio punishment based on the life and times of central character, the Horrid King. A soundtrack to self-loathing, self-reflection, self-acceptance and self-love, Revelations Of The Spirit is a cleansing of sorts – rich, scathing and continually illuminating.

In celebration of its impending release, today the heavy-heavers at Invisible Oranges are pleased to dispel the ravaging sounds of third movement, “The Wandering Spirit,” for public ingestion with the band elaborating, “It’s about somebody who forgot their own self-worth and purpose in life, leading them to seek validation through external sources.”

Adds Invisible Oranges, “In ‘The Wandering Spirit,’ the king is at the apex of his crisis and his turmoil manifests itself in Nelson Lopez’s frantic skanks and Alex LiCausi’s utterly gnarly basslines. The undeniable highlight comes right at the three-minute mark, where the band smothers a ’70s Priest-style stomp with a crunchy, straight-up nasty layer of crust. TEMPLE OF DAGON are an exciting proposition from the comfort of home, viscous and volatile in-person and pretty damn dirty. Sounds like Los Angeles alright.”

Follow “The Wandering Spirit” to THIS LOCATION.

Influenced by ’90s-era crust, stenchcore, death metal, thrash, and Lovecraftian lore, TEMPLE OF DAGON was forged in 2009 and quickly reaped an underground following with the release of their clobbering Book Of Azathoth EP. Following a glut of shows and various personnel changes, the band went on to record and self-released their 2010 debut, Rituals Of The Deep. Further blending their crust, punk, thrash, and death metal roots with a heavy dose of d-beat and blasts, the record earned further adulation from hordes in the know with Thrash Head commending the band’s, “pure fucking brutality,” further offering, “this is not only energetic and angry, but even aesthetically melodic with bridging riffs in all the right places! And the vocal dueling going down is heavy, aggressive protestation…This is truly sick!” Added The Bonesaw who named TEMPLE OF DAGON Band Of The Week, “A band whose lyrics are centered around H.P. Lovecraft’s tales of terror, TEMPLE OF DAGON unleashes a unique breed of metal blending death metal, thrash metal, doom, crust punk and New York influenced hardcore grooves.” 2015 finds the band at its most volatile. Having shared stages with the likes of Eyehategod, Hellshock, Doom, Hellbastard and so many others, boasting their most solid lineup to date and a drive unmatched by their peers, Revelations Of The Spirit is wholly scathing in sound, mind and spirit.

Revelations Of The Spirit will be unleashed on June 9th, 2015 digitally and on 10″ vinyl via Black Voodoo Records with preorders to be announced in the coming weeks.

In conjunction with the release, TEMPLE OF DAGON will raze the stages of a dozen cities beginning with an official record release show on June 6th. The following week the band will bring their diseased psalms to Oakland, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, New Orleans, Austin and Phoenix as well as Cruststock 2015 in Anaheim with additional live trauma to be announced soon.

6/06/2015 East 7th Punx Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA [info]
6/14/2015 House Show – Oakland, CA [info]
6/15/2015 Blackwater Bar – Portland, OR [info]
6/16/2015 The Mix – Seattle, WA [info]
6/18/2015 Club Scum – Denver, CO [info]
6/19/2015 Hexagon Bar – Minneapolis, MN [info]
6/20/2015 TBA – Madison, WI
6/21/2015 Mousetrap – Chicago, IL [info]
6/23/2015 Spitfire – New Orleans, LA
6/25/2015 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
6/26/2015 TBA – Phoenix, AZ
6/27/2015 The Music Hall @ Cruststock 2015 – Anaheim, CA [info]

For review links, interviews and guest list requests contact liz@earsplitcompound.com.