Temple 8 gets another great review. This time in Skope Magazine.


My Fave: For those of you know what I like—or think you do, I’m going to surprise you. My fave this month is he rock/metal band, Temple 8, from Cleveland. I was just taken with the versatility and technical skills of this band. They dip into musical styles and instrumentation all across the board.  Their “Goodbye 42” is a rich composition that feels like a movie soundtrack, and “Hope” begins as a thoughtful guitar solo and builds to a lovely piano/guitar/drums marriage. Then, the band’s “Enter the Temple” combines the best of rock with metal and electronics into this driving extravaganza that could be played with a dozen performers and not just three or four. The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Kurt Tischer, Temple 8 has both paradox and simplicity at its core. It is both grand and restrained. Their songs, as you might expect, lean to non-mainstream politics without drifting into anarchy and try to point listeners toward a spiritual awakening. This is a breath of fresh air in this genre. Temple 8  has one CD out,  Enter the Temple, that they did in 2003. They are way overdue for putting out another, but currently have been so busy touring the country and even made a foray into England last month. Check them out at www.temple8.net.

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Source: http://skopemag.com/2008/07/10/july-2008-sonicbids-artist-to-watch/


Der instrumentale Opener - eine Art Ouvertüre - hat ordentlich Druck und stimmt auf Rush-orientierten Prog-Metal ein, auch gesanglich. Die folgenden drei Songs bieten recht unterschiedliche Spielarten dieses Sounds. „Ideas of the Mind“ mit Schepperrhythmus und streckenweise verzerrtem Sprechgesang klingt trotz etwas eingängiger Gitarre interessant. Das gefällige „Confessions of an old Soul Pt. II“ steht für die ruhige Variante. Die Keyboards erinnern ein wenig an Genesis. „Turn left“ schließlich ist ein nett gemachter Reggae, der auch gut ins Ohr geht. Überhaupt klingen die Melodien ganz angenehm, ohne aber mainstreamig zu wirken.

Ab „At the Summit“ tritt dann leider ein Gewöhnungseffekt ein. Bei den nun noch folgenden Songs denkt man, dass man sie doch schon sehr ähnlich auf diesem Album gehört hat bzw. sie erreichen nicht mehr die Substanz der ersten Hälfte. „The Big Picture“ erhält durch den Einsatz einer Sitar immerhin eine spezielle Note. “Confessions of an old soul” wird zum Ende hin noch einmal mit anderem Text wiederholt. Warum? Natürlich um den Konzeptcharakter des Albums zu unterstreichen. Nur schafft dies keine neue Facette der Musik wie dies bei den ersten Stücken der Fall war. Die ambitionierten Texte drehen sich um den Tod bzw. ein Leben nach dem Tod.

Rush-Fans sollten durchaus mal ein Ohr riskieren.

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 Source: http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/index.php?albumId=2780&content=review

Ohio based Temple 8 feat. the multi instrumentalist Kurt Tischer and drummer David Clark must be huge fans of Rush and Dream Theater because "Enter the temple" sounds a lot like Dream Theater's first album "When dream and day unite" mixed with the early era of Rush.
The musicianship is amazing and it's a pleasure to hear those Rush-like harmonies and song structures but the production is too sharp and the garage sounding snaredrum just gets annoying after a while, the normal vocals from Tischer is also a bit low in the mix.
The dark narrator voice messes up the good music of "Confessions of an old soul" and who wants to hear a phone voice throughout the whole song like in "Turn left"?!
I like "Ideas of the mind" where Tischer actually sounds like Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys and the Pink Floyd-esque track "Hope" is another nice thing along with the instrumental title track that opens the album.
Go for Dave Gastambide's "Immovable mover" instead if you want a great Rush sounding progrock album, this one's only ok.

It took me several months to form an opinion on this debut album of Cleveland based Temple 8. Why? Because I was both excited as surprised by Enter The Temple and I wanted to do the album justice. So I left it for a while and decided to write the review later. One of my conclusions was that what When Dream And Day Unite meant for Dream Theater, then this album could mean the same for Temple 8.

The songs and music all breath something fresh but also familiar. You can detect bands such as Rush, Pink Floyd and Marillion in the music, well at least I do, but it never sounds copied or borrowed. Remarkable considering the fact that this band consists of only two members; Kurt Tischer and David Clark. Tischer is singer/songwriter/musician and Clark the drummer/percussionist. Except for the cheap sound effects used to create a narrative voice the vocal offerings of Tischer holds the attention. The only other vocal contribution is a certain G.W. Bush, who makes a guest appearance in ‘Turn Left’, but I doubt if he knows that himself. 

The production of the album isn’t bad but could have been given more balls - but understand that it isn’t bad at all. Maybe someday a remix will be done, like Dream Theater did with the aforementioned album.

There’s no need to go into separate song details, there just aren’t any weak spots, except for the narrative voice. That could and should have been done better, more impressively. So now I’m curious to see if and how Temple 8 can translate this album and music into a live performance.

Conclusion: 8 out of 10

Source: http://www.dprp.net/reviews/200406.html#temple8