International prog act, Temic, have just unleashed their 7 minute video for “Mothallah.” The track is the closer from their upcoming album, Terror Management Theory, due for release November 17th, on Season of Mist records. Head into the article to check out the video, and dig into the band’s background.
Pre-order Terror Management Theory here.
Here’s what Temic have to say about their new single:
“The lyrics in “Mothallah” come from the personified perspective of our inner survival-seeking selves, encouraging us to reconcile and reconnect with our inner strength and self-confidence, especially when facing great challenges or fighting fears.“
“The choir brings to life a sense of community and belonging, realizing that not only as individuals, but also as a species, do we all face challenges and ‘fight through the darkest night…’”
“For this self-produced video, we wanted to emphasize that the band members come from very different backgrounds, nationalities and ethnicities. Even when living thousands of kilometers away, it is music that bring us all together.”
Temic are prog’s new supergroup, but all four members navigated quite the career maze to reach this point. These guys have played with Devin Townsend, Mike Portnoy‘s Shattered Fortress, Neal Morse, and Maraton. It’s fitting then that their debut album is layered with twists and turns.
Terror Management Theory puts a new, proggy and positive spin on the psychological theory of the same name. Instead of falling into despair over thoughts about our own mortality, the album finds a sense of purpose by recognizing that life is too precious not to live every moment to the max. Its grand closing statement, “Mothallah,” presents Temic at their peak.
At just under eight minutes, the song has room for twinkling keys, riffing synths, zero-gravity double bass kicks, two choirs and a classic arena rock solo that will have you down on both knees shredding your air guitar. “We will fight until the rays of light stand high,” sings Fredrik Bergersen with such booming, keening conviction, that even a nihilist would have no choice but to believe that this band is truly divine.
Terror Management Theory tracklisting:
01 TMT (2:02)
02 Through the Sands of Time (7:00)
03 Falling Away (4:58) [watch]
04 Count Your Losses (6:13) [watch]
05 Skeletons (7:00)
06 Acts of Violence (5:52)
07 Friendly Fire (5:57)
08 Paradigm (6:33)
09 Once More (5:45)
10 Mothallah (7:27) [watch]
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Introducing Temic—prog’s newest, most ambitious, and most adrenaline-fueled act. Temic melds the creative minds of keyboardist and sound designer Diego Tejeida (Devin Townsend, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, ex-Haken), guitarist Eric Gillette (The Neal Morse Band, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress), drummer Simen Sandnes (Arkentype), and vocalist Fredrik Klemp (Maraton, 22).
The origins of Temic date back to 2017, when Tejeida and Gillette toured the world as band members of Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress. From the very first chords they exchanged, their musical chemistry both on and off stage was undeniable, leading them to discuss the prospect of starting a new band together. Unfortunately, conflicting tour and recording commitments forced them to turn their attention elsewhere for years—that is, until the world came to a standstill in 2020, and Tejeida called Gillette to ask a fateful question:
“Remember how we said we should make music together? Well, how about now?“
Thus, the first demos for what would later become Temic’s 2023 debut album, Terror Management Theory, began to emerge. Within a few weeks after that initial phone call, the musical vision of Temic had become clear: Let’s create progressive music that is heavily influenced by high-energy electronic music, but arranged and orchestrated for a 5-piece modern prog rock/metal band—where, at last, the pulse can be the focus, and the vocal melody can be king.
Eager to join forces with the very best bandmates, Tejeida and Gillette first summoned the rhythmic power of their friend and drummer Sandnes. With characteristic enthusiasm, Sandnes seized the opportunity, prepared to contribute his percussive prowess as the heartbeat of Temic. When it came time to find the singer that would carry Temic’s melodies to new heights, Sandnes recommended vocal powerhouse Klemp, whose emotive delivery and unmatched intensity left no doubt that he was destined to be the voice of Temic. Finally, to round out the rhythm section of Terror Management Theory, dynamic bassist Jacob Umansky (Intervals) was invited on board as a guest player, gracing the album with an unrivaled groove and a signature low-end sound.
Together, this mammoth lineup is Temic, a high-energy, electronic-inspired, modern melodic prog metal band for the next generation.
Fredrik Bergersen (Maraton, 22) – Vocals
Eric Gillette (The Neal Morse Band, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress) – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Simen Sandnes (Arkentype) – Drums and Percussion
Diego Tejeida (Devin Townsend, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, ex-Haken) – Keyboards and Sound Design
Recording Studio: Drums and vocals recorded at Top Floor Studios (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Producer: Produced by Temic. Drums and vocals engineered by Jakob Herrmann Gothenburg, Sweden)
Mix/Mastering: Mixed and mastered by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House (Los Angeles, USA)
Jacob Umansky (USA) – Bass guitar on the whole album
Mosaic Gospel Choir (Norway) – Mothallah
Garden State Threshold Choir (USA) – Mothallah
Cover artwork: Hicham Hamzi