Occasionally a record comes out that captivates the
listener from the opening bars and commands their attention throughout its
entirety. PASSING THROUGH THE ZEROS is such a record; TEMPLE OF THIEVES
is the band.
When Chief Spires and John Ehlers, former members of the
iconic death metal band Nile began writing songs in 2010 the material was very
different than anything they'd done in the past. The songs could be considered
metal, but were certainly not death metal, they were more along the lines of
“concrete trance-like rock/metal riffs” as Spires states.
While writing and recording demos, and excited about the
vibe they were creating, Spires thought of his friend and legendary drummer Flo
Mounier from Cryptopsy. During his tenure with Nile, Spires and Mounier toured
together for a few years. They became close friends and realized they had a
lot of the same musical interests outside of death metal. Spires recollects,
“During our touring years, Flo and I listened to all kinds of music while
traveling from town to town. Many nights after our shows we’d relax on the bus
listening to Deftones, Radiohead and similar bands.” After listening to the
demos, Mounier travelled to Whitestone Studios in Greenville, South Carolina to
record a five song EP. When the recording was completed, the search for the
right singer began.
After auditioning a few local vocalists, Spires and Ehlers
realized they needed to look further for the right voice. One evening while in
Atlanta they heard Michael Rock singing for a local band and were blown away.
Spires recalls, “Our jaws dropped when we heard Michael. We knew he was the
right guy to front this band”. They approached Rock with a CD of the songs and
asked him to give it a listen. Three days later he had written lyrics and
recorded vocals for one the songs. Rock’s voice and lyrical creativity
confirmed their intuitions and they offered Rock the job.
TEMPLE OF THIEVES was born. The band finished the recording
the EP and made it available for streaming and purchase on their website.
In December, 2011 an executive of Goomba Music was made
aware of TEMPLE OF THIEVES and fell in love with the band. Goomba Music quickly
offered the band a recording contract. The band commenced to write material for
their debut, and entered the studio in June 2012 to begin the recording
From the opening track, “In The Garden”, PASSING THROUGH
THE ZEROS commands the listener’s attention and holds it throughout its
eleven songs. One cannot only listen to PASSING THROUGH THE ZEROS one
becomes immersed in it. It ebbs and flows like it has a purpose. The
performances on PASSING THROUGH THE ZEROS are certain to impress even the
most ardent music critic and fan, as each member demonstrates their abilities
with extraordinary technical skill and passion.
PASSING THROUGH THE ZEROS will be released on April
22, 2013 (World), April 23,2013 (North America).