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HEAVY TEMPLE
present streaming live performance via
ORANGE JAMS
on Friday, June 25

HEAVY TEMPLE will stream a live set of their brand new album “Lupi Amoris” via ORANGE JAMS from the Noisy Little Critter Studio at Downingtown, PA, USA tomorrow (Friday, June 25) at 11AM PDT (Los Angeles) / 20:00 CEST (Berlin, Paris) / 7PM (London).

The Pennsylvanian psychedelic doom-trio will appear on ORANGE JAMS, a collaboration between ORANGE AMPLIFICATION and JAM IN A VAN, hot on the heels of their acclaimed debut full-length “Lupi Amoris” released just one week ago, which HEAVY TEMPLE will perform in full.

HEAVY TEMPLE and ORANGE JAMS are streaming the show live via the JAM IN THE VAN and ORANGE Facebook profiles at the links below:

www.facebook.com/OrangeAmps
www.facebook.com/Jaminthevan

HEAVY TEMPLE’s ORANGE JAMS performance video will be re-posted by ORANGE on their YouTube and website later, but for now, the way to see this set is exclusively via the live stream on Friday June 25.

HEAVY TEMPLE comment: “We were really excited when Orange hit us up to do a set for Jam in the Van”, enthuses frontwoman High Priestess Nighthawk. “I’ve been a fan for a while as I really like this concept. I’ve wanted to record at Noisy Little Critter for a while now, and Mike was happy to oblige. The timing was also perfect, with ‘Lupi Amoris’ coming out, so we thought we’d play the whole thing front to back. We’ve been watching some of the sets from other bands like High Reeper and Kryptograf and we’re really excited to get ours out there. We didn’t really know when things would start returning to ‘normal’, so streaming some of these live sets have been filling the void of shows.”

Orange Music adds: “Having worked closely with Heavy Temple for more than a year now without being able to catch them in action, asking them to do an Orange Jams session seemed to be the perfect opportunity for us to enjoy some of those face melting riffs while they present songs from their new record to the Orange and Jam in the Van audience!”, writes Ella Stormark (Global Artist Relations).

HEAVY TEMPLE Lupi Amoris
Magnetic Eye Records

 

HEAVY TEMPLE crash forth like a roaring mastodon in a thunderstorm with their first official full-length, “Lupi Amoris,” and it has all the markings of a landmark record.

As progressive as BARONESS but unselfconscious, as heavy as FU MANCHU but more adventurous, this Philadelphia trio throw every lever in the riff-metal machine, yet also wield lyrical concepts that register on literary levels.

“Lupi Amoris” offers a one-way trip through wide-open spaces and deep forests. Its songs wind and deposit heavy flotsam like a mighty musical stream, pushing through swirling rapids, cutting through riff-mountains, and swelling with addictive grooves. Riding atop the sonic waves, singer and bass player High Priestess Nighthawk belts powerfully over the roaring din.

When HEAVY TEMPLE came into being on the 2012 winter solstice, the trio were after the pure fun and joy of playing heavy music, illustrated by each founding member’s chosen nom de guerre: High Priestess Nighthawk, Rattlesnake, and Bearadactyl.

At first playing shows locally in Philly, the band quickly gained an excellent live reputation, leading to tours alongside RUBY THE HATCHET, MOTHERSHIP, ROYAL THUNDER and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY.  Invitations to notable festivals included The Maryland Doom Fest, Psycho Las Vegas, and Decibel Metal & Beer, among many others.  It’s an impressive live showing made even more remarkable when considering that HEAVY TEMPLE have yet to release their debut full-length.

After their first self-released and self-titled EP “Heavy Temple” (2014) was picked up by esteemed German cult label Ván Records, the self-released single ” Love You To Death ” and sophomore EP “Chassit” followed in 2016.  Second single “Key & Bone” arrived in 2018, and the split 7″ “From the Black Hole” with WOLFBLOOD materialized in 2020, but it took until 2021 for a full album to appear on the horizon at last. It speaks volumes about HEAVY TEMPLE’s talent and face-melting live impact that the invitations to attractive tours and prestigious festivals continued to roll in anyway.

Although HEAVY TEMPLE leverage all the trappings of traditionally male-oriented metal (to the point that their sound could proudly sport a full beard), the powerful presence of frontwoman and sole remaining founding member High Priestess Nighthawk merges their glorious heaviness with a strong thematic line of feminine strength.

“Lupi Amoris” is Latin for “Wolves of Love,” and takes strong inspiration from Angela Carter’s story “The Company of Wolves.” In it, the narrative of Red Riding Hood is flipped from a cautionary tale about the dangers of lust and desire, feelings young women were traditionally expected to stifle, to a story of female sexuality and power reclaimed.  “Lupi Amoris” finds the Philly outfit aligning with a Red Riding Hood who is freed from the traditional bonds of what’s expected.

Proving that it’s quite possible to hammer out gargantuan stoner doom and still say something about life’s realities, HEAVY TEMPLE make a fierce and much-needed statement with “Lupi Amoris”, and at these volumes, the world is guaranteed to hear it.

Tracklist
1. A Desert through the Trees
2. The Wolf
3. The Maiden
4. Isabella (with Unrelenting Fangs)
5. Howling of a Prothalamion

Line-up
High Priestess Nighthawk – vocals, bass
Lord Paisley – guitar
Baron Lycan – drums

Style: Heavy Psychedelic Doom

Recorded & mixed by Will Spectre at Red Water Recordings
Mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering

Artwork by Alex Reisfar
Layout by Zach Thomas

http://lnk.spkr.media/heavy-temple-lupi-amoris

Heavy Temple – A Desert Through the Trees

Heavy Temple – The Maiden

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