From 'THRESHOLD' to 'KHAOS DIVINE'
20 years of metal!!!
A brief overview of Australian heavy metal band - TEMTRIS
Before the turn of the Millenium, on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia, there was a popular 'heavy rock' band well known for having a young woman with an 'astonishingly loud and powerful voice' and a guitarist with 'amazing versatility'. The band was called 'Labyrinth' and the two musicians in question were Genevieve Rodda and Anthony 'Fox' Roberts. Labyrinth eventually came to an end having recorded a number of demos and an independently released E.P. - 'Escape Reality'. Genevieve and 'Fox' as he was now commonly known, decided to pursue their shared passion for heavy music in a larger scene and Sydney seemed like a good place to find the musicians they needed for the direction they wanted to go...
"...to use all the different musical elements of heavy metal from the different genres to define the emotion of the songs we were writing... there were - in our opinion- too many bands picking a genre and then just sticking to the formula. Safe... and boring... and far too restrictive." - Fox
In late 2003, 'Temtris' entered the studio with the intention of recording an E.P., but things went so well that they came out the other end with a full album, 'THRESHOLD'. Only 100 copies were produced by the band themselves and the CD was only available at shows.
A deal was struck with new Independent Australian Heavy Metal label BATTLEGOD PRODUCTIONS, and in 2008 Temtris released 'MASQUERADE', a much darker album than it's predecessor.
SHALLOW GRAVE was released in 2014. The album itself was another impressive step up for the band, with tracks such as 'Slave to the System', and 'Shallow Grave' quickly achieving high rotation on metal radio stations worldwide. A much larger scale tour ensued, culminating in a performance that earned them rave reviews in front of over 1,000 metalheads in support of German metal legends 'Accept' at Sydney's Factory Theatre.
In 2016 Temtris released ENTER THE ASYLUM, a 'themed album', where every song represented a room (and it's inhabitant) in an asylum. Fans and metal radio alike quickly embraced new tracks such as Mind Games, Empty Room, Phoenix, and the title track Enter the Asylum.
Barely pausing to draw breath, Temtris charged into 2018 with another full-length album. First came the track 'Run', complete with windswept video, released on vinyl with a bonus b-side of Paradise Road (from Threshold). Then came the album - RAPTURE - awarded 'Australian Metal Album of the Year' by Global Metal Apocalypse.
Temtris filled venues across Australia and supported touring bands such as Ensiferum, Girlschool, Tank, Raven, Loudness, Metal Church, Marty Friedman, and Michael Sweet (Stryper) throughout 2018/19.
The band kicked off 2020 by headlining New Zealand's SMASHFEST heavy metal festival and supporting Geoff Tate during his Operation: Mindcrime tour. Sparking interest from overseas with the new single 'Forever', Temtris signed a deal with record label Wormholedeath (Italy).
As the world went into lockdown, Temtris hit the studio and RITUAL WARFARE was released 30 April 2021, with the single - Forever produced by award winning videographer - Adam Jordan leading the way, with another powerful music video and high radio/internet rotation. A covid fractured Australian tour followed, proving that, even in the face of a global pandemic, there is no stopping the determination of Temtris who continued bringing their high energy live show and unique brand of heavy metal to fans through a combination of live shows and livestreamed events.
In 2023 the band will celebrate 20 YEARS playing their unique brand of heavy metal, a truly exceptional feat in the modern music age. And there is no sign of the band slowing down, with the announcement of their 7th and most ambitious album to date. KHAOS DIVINE will be a full concept album complete with characters and storyline set in the dystopian future.
"with an album like Ritual Warfare in your discography some bands might want to play it safe and 'just keep making that type of record'... Temtris is NOT one of those bands!" - Fox
KHAOS DIVINE will be released on the 17th of March 2023.
Tour dates will be announced soon.