Fan Reviews of Temples Festival 2014, 2015
Reviews of the 2014 Event
"If you ask a metal fan which event is the best, he or she would probably answer 'Download' or 'Sonisphere'. It's only natural since they are the biggest Rock Festival names in the UK. However after the end of this weekend, many will answer the same question with 'Temples'.
The line-up is mindblowing from beginning to end. When I try to describe the performances of the past three days, I can think of one word – brutal! If you ask me to name my favourite moments from the event, I'd be at a loss because there are just too many to count.
The atmosphere of Temples' is also commendable. The venue is excellent, the crowd is fantastic, and the event's organisation is top-notch. The festival director Francis Mace made sure to take care of all complaints, and the festival's staff enacted the changes throughout the weekend."
"When I first heard of the Temples Festival, the fact that the one and only Neurosis was among the headliners immediately caught my attention. Least to say, this shaped up to be my best weekend of the year with doom and heavy riffs on Stage 1 and death metal on Stage 2. After witnessing Jucifer, Sonance, Wolfbrigade, Amenra and other great bands, it felt like the organisers had picked the selection especially for me. The staff was really helpful during the second day, clearing up the problems with lighting, sound and access to the main stage. All in all, Temples had plenty of positives and almost no negatives.”
"Temples was impressive for its first try. The venue in Bristol “Motion” was an excellent pick, offering food vendors, merch tables and canned beer. The two-stage rooms were right next to each other with very little sound interference. This accommodation made it possible for fans to see most of what all bands had to offer. Although there was an issue with traffic flow into the main room on Friday, the organisers and stewards were quick to respond and clear the entrance by guiding the crowd towards the back. The view from the balcony was great too, and the people I met were very friendly.”
Reviews of the 2015 Event
"Temples Festival's debut last year was a resounding success. The shows the bands put on were thrilling, the audience was on fire, and the exceptional event organisation left metal fans happy and impatient for next year.
2015 has improved on the previous edition, adding a third stage and giving the crowds more of what they want. Along with 'One Louder' 'Pig Destroyer' and 'Earth', this year's line-up was utterly sublime. Although on Sunday there was a sudden lack of beer, this was but a small issue compared to the grand spectacle of Temples.”
"I had to get up in the wee hours of the morning to catch a flight and head to Temples Festival. This year's event was expected to host more bands and higher intensity. And boy did it deliver! There is no doubt that SunO))) stole the show with its ear-thumping physical presence. At some point, however, there were people getting nose bleeds from their performance and PA damage that required some fixing.
Despite the expected issue of the stages being overcrowded, Francis and his team had arranged the program in such a way as to avoid clashes of interests and make it easier for fans to see all of their favourite bands. The top-notch bar staff, sound engineers and security were well prepared and brought us the best possible experience.”
"It was that time of the year again, and in Bristol hordes of metalheads surrounded the Temple Quarter area. Temples Festival did it again, selling out tickets and including a third stage for its bigger line-up. The first day kicked off strong with bands such as Throats, Chicago's Harm's Way, Pig Destroyer who wasted no time in hyping the crowd up. Day two began a little later than expected because of the new ale/cider bars the organisers had to arrange after so many requests. Despite that, the performers powered through with Sonnance, Goatsnake and SunO))). Day three ended with headliners such as Earth, Monarch and Year of No Light much to my delight. This edition of Temples had a more diverse feel to it, including artists from the US, Canada and even Sweden.”
Temple Festival Bands
Neurosis is one of the pioneers that spearheaded the creation of post-metal sub-genre. They started off 1985 as a hardcore punk band. They have since developed their unique sound by experimenting with sludge, hardcore and doom metal which started to become apparent in their second album 'The Word as Law' (1990). Neurosis is also known for their media visuals during their live performances.
Converge is a US metalcore band that became popular in the early 2000s with their 'Jane Doe' and 'You Fail Me' albums. They are one of the most influential groups in their genre. What is typical about their music is its aggressive tones and rhythmical complexity. Their frontman Jacob Bannon is famous for his emotional performances, and erratic movements live on stage.
Goatwhore has a fusion blackened death metal style which is popular with many fans. The themes of their songs are many, but their main focuses are Satanism, anti-Christianity, witchcraft and the occult, with Armageddon and the Holocaust becoming one of their more recent ones. Black metal and sludge have a great influence on their sound. Some of their best works are considered to be 'Constricting Rage of the Merciless', 'Blood for the Master' and 'Carving out the Eyes of God'.
Hailing from Sweden, Tribulation is a death metal band drawing inspiration from old school heavy metal, psychedelic and Gothic rock. Their music tends to have a calmer and more melodic nature compared to other bands and is based heavily on occult and supernatural themes. The band members put on a lot of heavy makeup during live concerts and include incense burning into their act.
Napalm Death is an English group that has paved the way for the grindcore genre. Their songs are rather short and fast-paced often with sociopolitical lyrics. They are best known in the worldwide metal community for their 1st album 'Scum'. Napalm Death is popular among its fans for their blastbeat drums, fast tempo, grinding bass and distorted toned-down guitar riffs. The band's song 'You suffer' is considered by Guinness as the shortest song ever.
Jucifer is a two-person American sludge metal band. Unlike most performers, the duo is always on tour since the mid-90s. Along with their nomadic way of life, Jucifer is also considered to be loud by metal fans. Their volume is further attested by the vast wall of amplifiers behind its guitar lead Gazelle Amber Valentine during concerts. Another interesting fact is that their 'Twenty Years Slaying Ears' tour included 32 countries.