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3 stars Unknown German band from Cologne, featuring Birth Control's Zeus B. Held on keyboards.The rest of Temple were singers Poseidon and Pauline Fund (she also played the tambourine), Heinz Kramer and Rolf Foeller (brother of Birth Control's bassist Peter Foeller) on guitars, Joachim Weiss on bass and Otto Bretnacher on drums.They reputedly released only one LP on the small Pyramid label in 1976, reissued on CD later by the British label Psi-Fi.

Temple may failed to make an impact back at the time, but they were certainly among the original bands of the period, that's because they combined the stylistical power of Kraut Rock with a certain Gothic atmosphere, which was later to be found in acts such as FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM or DEAD CAN DANCE, the dark grooves and emphatic lead vocals prevail in the album along with Heavy/Kraut Rock dynamics and some type of ELOY spacious, Teutonic vibes.Most of the material is guitar-driven with some organ washes by Held, their sound ranges from THE DOORS' like old-fashioned neurotic rhythms and vocals to an explosive Kraut Rock with raw guitars and a solid rhythm section.Their material included also some DZYAN type of storytelling with Pauline Fund on narration and some more symphonic soundscapes with Held coming in front armed with his Mellotron.The long ''Crazy hat/Kingdom Of Gabriel'' combines both sides of the band, the Teutonic/Kraut Rock touches with the scratching, rough guitar edges and the soft, ELOY-spiced textures, and the more groovy parts of THE DOORS and the pre-Gothic Rock darkness in an odd amalgam.

After this experience Zeus B. Held left both Temple (apparently they disbanded soon after the album was recorded) and Birth Control and started a solo career a couple of years later.

Genuine Kraut/Psych Rock with a gothic background.Energetic, psychedelic and fairly engaging.Warmly recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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