Temple Of Thieves’ Debut One Of The Year’s Best Indie Records

Courtesy:  Goomba Music

Courtesy: Goomba Music

Temple Of Thieves’ debut full length album, Passing Through The Zer0s is one of the biggest surprise rock records of 2013.  This hard rocking four-piece has crafted in its debut record an album that is sure to get the attention of any rock radio station’s program director and audiences alike.  It’s eerie how much this band sounds like Tool.  Singer Michael Rock sounds just like Tool front man Maynard James Keenan.  And Rock’s band mates—Flo Mounier (drums), John Ehlers (guitars), and Chief Spires (bass)—each add to that feeling so much that if one were listening to T.O.T. on the radio and didn’t know it was them, one would think it was Tool, or Keenan’s other project, A Perfect Circle.

Right from the album’s opener, ‘In The Garden (Collecting Souls)’, audiences are pulled instantly into this album.  The band balances the song’s softer and heavier sections so expertly throughout that one can’t help but listen to hear what is coming next over its near six minute run time.  Rock’s vocals are just as hypnotic and powerful as Keenan’s throughout the song.  The solid bass line laid down by Spires and the haunting strains of Ehlers’ guitars in the song’s softer sections lull listeners into a false sense of security before the whole band launches into a full on assault that will blow listeners away in the noted heavier sections.  By the time the song’s final notes echo away, audiences will be hooked and eager to hear what is to come next.  Those audiences who wonder are rewarded with the equally heavy ‘Reaping.’

Rock doesn’t lose his Maynard James Keenan doppelganger vocals in ‘Reaper.’  However, listeners will notice a change of style in this song.  This time, audiences get an interesting Tool/Queensryche hybrid sound.  Again Spires and Ehlers shine, as does Mounier.  Right from the song’s intro, Ehlers shows his abilities once again, opting this time for more of a classic rock sound.  His solo hearkens back to rock’s golden age.  One can just see him point his guitar to the air, absolutely shredding the solo, even as short as it is.  And again, Mounier offers a solid backing to the band, keeping time while proving that he is just as talented as any of the biggest names in the drumming community.  He proves here and throughout the album that he can keep the band moving whether in the album’s bigger, more bombastic songs and in its seemingly more gentle moments, too.

The songs noted here comprise just a glance at everything that Temple of Thieves has to offer from its debut release.  The second half of Passing Through The Zer0s offers just as much enjoyment as the album’s first five tracks.  Listeners will enjoy songs such as: ‘Mr. Hixx’, the obviously ‘Sober’ inspired ‘Pull Me Under’ (not to be confused with Dream Theater’s song by the same name), and ‘Species.’  The latter of this trio of songs actually has a video that audiences can watch now via YouTube at http://youtu.be/reE0N1VMAeg.  The album will be available worldwide on Tuesday, May 7th.  And while no tour news has been announced yet, the band will likely be touring in support of the album.  To find out the latest tour news and more, fans can “Like” the band on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Temple-of-Thieves/163420943699857.  Fans can also Follow T.O.T. on the band’s official website, http://www.templeofthieves.com and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Templeofthieves

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TV Producer, Record Label Partner To Form New Company

Television producer Richard Dominick and Horizon Entertainment—parent company to indie record label Goomba Music –have announced that they have partnered to form a brand new company titled, Richard Dominick Entertainment Group.  The goal of the new company is to serve as a bridge between music and reality TV production.  The new company already has plans to start filming new full length movies this Spring.  Casting for the movies will take place at the company’s Detroit and Chicago offices.

Dominick, whose credits include Executive Producer of the truTV’s Hardcore Pawn, Executive Producer of The Jerry Springer Show from 1994 – 2008, and Creator and Executive Producer of The Steve Wilkos Show (2007) was clearly excited about the new partnership when interviewed.  “Working within another production house, sometimes leads itself to creative differences”, Dominick said.  “Now when there’s creative differences, I will only have to argue with myself – which is a good thing because my other personality is that of a small Filipino woman and I can take her…” “After so many years of working within the boundaries and limitations of other production companies”, he continues, “I now have what all producers dream of—creative freedom.  This company is a match made in Heaven, and if by chance we end up arguing amongst ourselves, it’ll make a great reality show.  I think when I changed The Jerry Springer Show from Phil Donahue to a show where everyone was welcome to come on the show and air their grievances, it was the beginning of “reality TV” and Springer became the number one show in syndication.  Now, Hardcore Pawn is truTV’s biggest hit. Expect this new company to continue and surpass those successes. 

Greg Wier, CEO of Horizon Entertainment and Goomba Music also shared his thoughts on the new partnership.  “We are thrilled to form this new company with Richard, joining our talents and utilizing our strengths to bring the world a new and exciting full service entertainment company.  By combining his successful track record in television with our accomplishments as an independent record company that has worldwide distribution, the possibilities for new entertainment ventures are endless.  We have a lot of new plans for movies, television, series and record releases that will be announced in the coming weeks.

Goomba Music is home to Brand New Sin, Open Air Stereo, Scum of the Earth, Temple of Thieves and hip-hop artist, A.N.T.  The company originally formed in 2011 and has already released records from Soil, Dark New Day, Pro-Pain, and Puddle of Mudd.

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