“…to crush all that is holy”
Another brutal black/death metal band from the Iron Bonehead roster, the nameless and faceless Temple Desecration from Poland give Jason Guest an insight into the band’s historyand their latest release and give us their opinion of “those funny fat people playing funny melodies and calling it “death metal”…
Thank you very much for taking time out for this interview and congratulations on Communion Perished (reviewed here). Can you give a brief history of the band, how you formed, and what drew you together to form Temple Desecration and make music?
Hails and thanks for good words. Since many years we know one another. They played earlier but in 2009 we decided to start playing together and around 2011 our project evolved to Temple Desecration as it is known nowadays.
Who are the band’s main influences? And how have they informed the band’s sound?
When talking about influences I can talk about such bands as Archgoat, Incantation, Morbid Angel, Sarcofago and Blasphemy. And I don’t think that these bands has directly anything in common with our final sound, it is just a raw echo there or somewhere in my opinion.
Is there a theme, a concept, or a philosophy that underpins your music?
Yes – to crush all that is holy.
You released the six-track demo, Abhorrent Rites, in 2012. How has the band developed since then?
We started composing in a more complex way and focus around one specified concept or theme.
How does the band write? Is there one main writer or do you jam ideas out in rehearsal?
Guitarist bring his riffs, then drummer makes his beats. Everything is going in a way that makes everyone of us satisfied with our work – if any of us doesn’t like something then we change it until everything will be done well. After all I made vocals and that’s it.
When writing for the band, do you have an idea of how you want your material to sound or does it take shape as it is being developed?
We have some kind of general specification for our music how it shall sound, but it is always detailed after finishing composing to ensure that the sound will fit the music in the way we want it.
Communion Perished has two tracks on it. Is this indicative of what we can expect from Temple Desecration in future?
Yes, I can ensure you that the stuff we’re working on right now is evaluation of this EP rather than demo. You must know that this EP is a big step and our purpose is to continue our steps forward, not backward.
This is your first release through a label. Why choose to work with Iron Bonehead for Communion Perished?
Not first, demo was released by S.O.A., but if you mean big label then you’re right. IBH is the greatest label in this kind of music in Europe, when we found Patrick is interested in our band it was natural for us to choose his label.
Is there more music in the works? An EP or an album? And will it be through Iron Bonehead?
Yes, as I mentioned we’re working on new stuff right now. Can’t say if EP or album yet, but longer than Communion Perished for sure. And if Patrick will be still interested in our band he will take care of releasing it.
Can you tell us about the artwork for Communion Perished? What does it represent and how does it relate to the music?
Music is about destroying a communion in every meaning of this word. So it is shown on artwork.
Who designed it? What drew you to them? And how much direction did you give them in its design?
It was designed and drawn by Marko Marov. Whole story of using it by us is a long one, I think that would be enough when I say that we didn’t have any influence on it, we just took it as it is.
What does the act of creating music mean to Temple Desecration?
Putting our lives, thoughts and deeds into music. So it means a lot for us.
All that’s known about Temple Desecration is that you are from Poland because the identities of the members of the band have not been revealed. Why have you chosen to conceal the identities?
It doesn’t matter if we reveal our names or nicknames, still no-one knows us so we decided to stay behind the curtain.
What does the Death Metal movement of today mean to you? Why does it remain such a potent force?
For me there are two ways of DM nowadays – the great one and the shitty one. The difference is that the first one doesn’t forget what was in the past and have this old feeling. The second one is the rest of nowadays scene.
And DM in my opinion remains a potent force because despite those funny fat people playing funny melodies and calling it “death metal” there are still rising such great hordes as Vorum that didn’t forget what the death metal really is.
The influence of the Polish death metal scene has been growing bigger over the years. What’s your opinion of this? Does it put the scene at risk of becoming as imitated and diluted as the Norwegian black metal scene?
It is hard question to answer, I’m not deep into polish scene and for few years I didn’t hear any worthy death metal band from my country. Maybe I missed something, don’t know.
What’s your view of the internet and its impact on music (social media, downloading, etc.)?
We can’t stop the development and common access to technology, and we do nothing for and against this. I prefer listening to vinyls or MCs than MP3, but I don’t care if someone has a different opinion on this point. I don’t spread MP3, if someone’s doing it then it is his choice.
What does the future hold for the band?
To cure the injury of our drummer and going back to hard work.
Any plans for live performances?
Nothing in close future, but there is something being prepared for the end of the year.
Again, thank you for taking time out for this interview. Do you have any closing words for our readers?
Temple Desecration may not have an online presence but you can find out more about Iron Bonehead by visiting their website, taking a listen over at their Soundcloud page or getting up-to-date info on their Facebook page.