SOLAR TEMPLE – The Great Star Above Provides (Live At Roadburn Redux), DigiDVD+CD
It takes a vision of some distinction to stand out amid an unerringly over-populated black metal scene. Gelderland (NL) iconoclasts Solar Temple made it look easy with their 2018 debut album, Fertile Descent: a kaleidoscopic, deep-dive grimoire with atmosphere, melody, and a chewable sense of spectral dread, it defied extreme metal’s in-built conservatism and conjured a sonic world with no boundaries beyond an intuitive devotion to the dark. Consisting of the duo M. Koops (Fluisteraars, Nusquama) and O. (Turia, Iskandr, Dool) its musical adventurism should come as no surprise to those with a keen eye for the Dutch heavy music scene. The new album "The Great Star Above Provides" was written live in their rehearsal space during long improvisations between 2020 and 2021 and dives headfirst into the psychedelic spacerock undertones that have been a defining quality of Solar Temple since the beginning, while shedding the black metal confines of before.
"The Great Star Above Provides" was entirely live-recorded by the duo at the prestigious Roadburn Festival and aired for the first time at the festival's REDUX edition during the pandemic. With video and audio professionally recorded/mixed/mastered, Solar Temple `s unique interstellar performance is now released for the public.