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Exclusive Track Premiere: Temple of Dagon – “The Wandering Spirit”


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When you see Temple of Dagon play a show, whether it’s at a smelly downtown dive bar or an even smellier South Central tire yard, you know they stand out among the pack in Los Angeles. The laser-precise riffing of Kyle Hertz and Jacob Smyle zips right by while Dwane Burgess doesn’t merely sing—he goes on a fucking rampage. If he’s not covered in sweat by the end of the set, you certainly are.

It’s a relief then that Temple of Dagon’s newest EP, Revelations of the Spirit, has ably captured their live fury onto a platter of vinyl. As a concept release, it certainly risked an overwrought fate however. The EP follows the existential journey of a character only known as “The Horrid King” as he learns to accept and embrace his own twisted nature.

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.

—Avinash Mittur

Revelations of the Spirit drops on June 9 via Black Voodoo. follow Temple of Dagon on Facebook or on Twitter at @TempleofDagon.

Temple of Dagon will be on tour this June.

Sun 14th – Oakland, Ca – The Tubes
Mon 15th – Portland, Or – Black Water Bar
Tue 16th – Seattle, Wa – The Mix
Thu 18th – Denver, Co – Club Scum
Fri 19th – Minneapolis, Mn – Hexagon Bar
Sat 20th – Madison, Wi – TBA
Sun 21st – Chicago, Il – The Mousetrap
Tue 23rd – New Orleans, La – Spitfire Bar
Thu 25th – Austin, Tx – The Lost Well
Fri 26th – Phoenix, Az – TBA
Sat 27th – Orange County, ca – The Music Hall – Cruststock 2015

This post has been corrected to properly reflect the release date of Revelations of the Spirit as well as tour dates.

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