Heavy Temple Chassit Review





Heavy Temple like to wrap their true identities in a cloak of mystery, referring to themselves in articles and interviews under the pseudonyms of
High Priestess Nighthawk (vocals/bass),
Arch Bishop Barghest (guitar) and
SirenTempestas (drums). The trio from
Philadelphia have been together since 2012 , gaining a gamut of converts with their live shows as well as releasing one of the best EP’s of 2014 with their debut ”
Heavy Temple“.

The band have just released their new album ”
Chassit” a four track conceptual piece based around horror/fantasy novelist
Stephen King’s
Dark Tower” saga.


Chassit’s” first track ”
Keys and Bones” opens with the eerie sound of a cello, mournful and bittersweet, before segueing into an occult type doom groove driven by a pummelling drum and bass patterns, crunching fuzz drenched riffage and coated in strong powerful female vocals. The songs strong
Sabbath-esque vibe then shifts into overdrive and the band finish withan up-tempo thrash paced instrumental section that sees guitarist
Barghest laying down an addictive and deeply distorted circular refrain pushed hard by the rhythm section of drum and bass.


Ursa Machina” begins life on a wave of dissonance and droning noise before shifting into a heavily fractured and distorted doom groove over which
High Priestess Nighthawk intones/chants dark arcane lyrics. The band, as they did on the previous track, then shift through the gears and take the song into hyperdrive, the trio jamming a stoner doom refrain driven by
Nighthawk‘s gnarly bass lines and
Tempestas pounding percussion over which
Barghest adds touches of
Iommi-esque guitar colouring.


Pink Glass” begins with the
High Priestess Nighthawk laying down a grizzly upbeat bass motif accompanied by
Tempestas driving percussion the pair then joined by
Barghest’s fuzz drenched guitar, the three musicians together creating a tumultuous groove of stonerized doom . At around the halfway mark this groove falls away to leave a lone bass motif sporadically joined by shimmering percussion and reverb soaked guitar over which the
High
Priestess mournfully croons her vocals then its all change once again and the band finish back where they started closing the song on a wave of warmly fuzzed stoner doom.


In The Court Of The Bastard King” begins by jamming a stuttering stoner/desert groove over which low pitched banshee-like vocals are powerfully delivered, the song then moves through a series of both subtle and drastic time signatures with the band mixing
Sabbath-esque heavy rock refrains with those of a more
Kyuss/Unida leaning before finishing the song in blaze of swirling heavy doom tinted psych glory.

You do not have to be a
Stephen King fan to appreciate ”
Chassit“, the four songs found here more than hold their own outside of their conceptual setting, dark and doom-ish with just a hint of occult rock colouring ”
Chassit” is an album that both ”
Dark Tower” fans and those who have never even read a book can enjoy.

Check it out …..






Heavy Temple like to wrap their true identities in a cloak of mystery, referring to themselves in articles and interviews under the pseudonyms of
High Priestess Nighthawk (vocals/bass),
Arch Bishop Barghest (guitar) and
SirenTempestas (drums). The trio from
Philadelphia have been together since 2012 , gaining a gamut of converts with their live shows as well as releasing one of the best EP’s of 2014 with their debut ”
Heavy Temple“.

The band have just released their new album ”
Chassit” a four track conceptual piece based around horror/fantasy novelist
Stephen King’s
Dark Tower” saga.


Chassit’s” first track ”
Keys and Bones” opens with the eerie sound of a cello, mournful and bittersweet, before segueing into an occult type doom groove driven by a pummelling drum and bass patterns, crunching fuzz drenched riffage and coated in strong powerful female vocals. The songs strong
Sabbath-esque vibe then shifts into overdrive and the band finish withan up-tempo thrash paced instrumental section that sees guitarist
Barghest laying down an addictive and deeply distorted circular refrain pushed hard by the rhythm section of drum and bass.


Ursa Machina” begins life on a wave of dissonance and droning noise before shifting into a heavily fractured and distorted doom groove over which
High Priestess Nighthawk intones/chants dark arcane lyrics. The band, as they did on the previous track, then shift through the gears and take the song into hyperdrive, the trio jamming a stoner doom refrain driven by
Nighthawk‘s gnarly bass lines and
Tempestas pounding percussion over which
Barghest adds touches of
Iommi-esque guitar colouring.


Pink Glass” begins with the
High Priestess Nighthawk laying down a grizzly upbeat bass motif accompanied by
Tempestas driving percussion the pair then joined by
Barghest’s fuzz drenched guitar, the three musicians together creating a tumultuous groove of stonerized doom . At around the halfway mark this groove falls away to leave a lone bass motif sporadically joined by shimmering percussion and reverb soaked guitar over which the
High
Priestess mournfully croons her vocals then its all change once again and the band finish back where they started closing the song on a wave of warmly fuzzed stoner doom.


In The Court Of The Bastard King” begins by jamming a stuttering stoner/desert groove over which low pitched banshee-like vocals are powerfully delivered, the song then moves through a series of both subtle and drastic time signatures with the band mixing
Sabbath-esque heavy rock refrains with those of a more
Kyuss/Unida leaning before finishing the song in blaze of swirling heavy doom tinted psych glory.

You do not have to be a
Stephen King fan to appreciate ”
Chassit“, the four songs found here more than hold their own outside of their conceptual setting, dark and doom-ish with just a hint of occult rock colouring ”
Chassit” is an album that both ”
Dark Tower” fans and those who have never even read a book can enjoy.

Check it out …..




Heavy Temple like to wrap their true identities in a cloak of mystery, referring to themselves in articles and interviews under the pseudonyms of
High Priestess Nighthawk (vocals/bass),
Arch Bishop Barghest (guitar) and
SirenTempestas (drums). The trio from
Philadelphia have been together since 2012 , gaining a gamut of converts with their live shows as well as releasing one of the best EP’s of 2014 with their debut ”
Heavy Temple“.

The band have just released their new album ”
Chassit” a four track conceptual piece based around horror/fantasy novelist
Stephen King’s
Dark Tower” saga.


Chassit’s” first track ”
Keys and Bones” opens with the eerie sound of a cello, mournful and bittersweet, before segueing into an occult type doom groove driven by a pummelling drum and bass patterns, crunching fuzz drenched riffage and coated in strong powerful female vocals. The songs strong
Sabbath-esque vibe then shifts into overdrive and the band finish withan up-tempo thrash paced instrumental section that sees guitarist
Barghest laying down an addictive and deeply distorted circular refrain pushed hard by the rhythm section of drum and bass.


Ursa Machina” begins life on a wave of dissonance and droning noise before shifting into a heavily fractured and distorted doom groove over which
High Priestess Nighthawk intones/chants dark arcane lyrics. The band, as they did on the previous track, then shift through the gears and take the song into hyperdrive, the trio jamming a stoner doom refrain driven by
Nighthawk‘s gnarly bass lines and
Tempestas pounding percussion over which
Barghest adds touches of
Iommi-esque guitar colouring.


Pink Glass” begins with the
High Priestess Nighthawk laying down a grizzly upbeat bass motif accompanied by
Tempestas driving percussion the pair then joined by
Barghest’s fuzz drenched guitar, the three musicians together creating a tumultuous groove of stonerized doom . At around the halfway mark this groove falls away to leave a lone bass motif sporadically joined by shimmering percussion and reverb soaked guitar over which the
High
Priestess mournfully croons her vocals then its all change once again and the band finish back where they started closing the song on a wave of warmly fuzzed stoner doom.


In The Court Of The Bastard King” begins by jamming a stuttering stoner/desert groove over which low pitched banshee-like vocals are powerfully delivered, the song then moves through a series of both subtle and drastic time signatures with the band mixing
Sabbath-esque heavy rock refrains with those of a more
Kyuss/Unida leaning before finishing the song in blaze of swirling heavy doom tinted psych glory.

You do not have to be a
Stephen King fan to appreciate ”
Chassit“, the four songs found here more than hold their own outside of their conceptual setting, dark and doom-ish with just a hint of occult rock colouring ”
Chassit” is an album that both ”
Dark Tower” fans and those who have never even read a book can enjoy.

Check it out …..



Heavy Temple like to wrap their true identities in a cloak of mystery, referring to themselves in articles and interviews under the pseudonyms of
High Priestess Nighthawk (vocals/bass),
Arch Bishop Barghest (guitar) and
SirenTempestas (drums). The trio from
Philadelphia have been together since 2012 , gaining a gamut of converts with their live shows as well as releasing one of the best EP’s of 2014 with their debut ”
Heavy Temple“.

The band have just released their new album ”
Chassit” a four track conceptual piece based around horror/fantasy novelist
Stephen King’s
Dark Tower” saga.


Chassit’s” first track ”
Keys and Bones” opens with the eerie sound of a cello, mournful and bittersweet, before segueing into an occult type doom groove driven by a pummelling drum and bass patterns, crunching fuzz drenched riffage and coated in strong powerful female vocals. The songs strong
Sabbath-esque vibe then shifts into overdrive and the band finish withan up-tempo thrash paced instrumental section that sees guitarist
Barghest laying down an addictive and deeply distorted circular refrain pushed hard by the rhythm section of drum and bass.


Ursa Machina” begins life on a wave of dissonance and droning noise before shifting into a heavily fractured and distorted doom groove over which
High Priestess Nighthawk intones/chants dark arcane lyrics. The band, as they did on the previous track, then shift through the gears and take the song into hyperdrive, the trio jamming a stoner doom refrain driven by
Nighthawk‘s gnarly bass lines and
Tempestas pounding percussion over which
Barghest adds touches of
Iommi-esque guitar colouring.


Pink Glass” begins with the
High Priestess Nighthawk laying down a grizzly upbeat bass motif accompanied by
Tempestas driving percussion the pair then joined by
Barghest’s fuzz drenched guitar, the three musicians together creating a tumultuous groove of stonerized doom . At around the halfway mark this groove falls away to leave a lone bass motif sporadically joined by shimmering percussion and reverb soaked guitar over which the
High
Priestess mournfully croons her vocals then its all change once again and the band finish back where they started closing the song on a wave of warmly fuzzed stoner doom.


In The Court Of The Bastard King” begins by jamming a stuttering stoner/desert groove over which low pitched banshee-like vocals are powerfully delivered, the song then moves through a series of both subtle and drastic time signatures with the band mixing
Sabbath-esque heavy rock refrains with those of a more
Kyuss/Unida leaning before finishing the song in blaze of swirling heavy doom tinted psych glory.

You do not have to be a
Stephen King fan to appreciate ”
Chassit“, the four songs found here more than hold their own outside of their conceptual setting, dark and doom-ish with just a hint of occult rock colouring ”
Chassit” is an album that both ”
Dark Tower” fans and those who have never even read a book can enjoy.

Check it out …..



Heavy TempleHigh Priestess NighthawkArch Bishop BarghestSirenTempestas PhiladelphiaHeavy TempleHeavy Temple
ChassitStephen King’sDark Tower


Chassit’Keys and BonesSabbathBarghest
Ursa MachinaHigh Priestess NighthawkNighthawkTempestasBarghestIommi
Pink GlassHigh Priestess NighthawkTempestasBarghest’HighPriestess
In The Court Of The Bastard KingSabbath Kyuss/Unida
Stephen KingChassitChassitDark Tower

Source: Desert Psychlist