Review: Heavy Temple’s new single “Extreme Indifference to Life”

Heavy Temple is a three piece Psychedelic Doom band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with High Priestess Nighthawk on vocals and bass, Lord Paisley on guitar, and Baron Lycan on drums. John Forrestal is a guest musician on the band’s upcoming album Garden of Heathens, playing cello.

“Extreme Indifference to Life” has set a high bar for favorite releases in 2024. The intro let’s you know that you should prepare for the musical journey of your life. The song manages to be heavy but mellow, groovy but dark, what you want to dance to but also what you want to just sit and chill to. The vocal effects are a great contribution to the fuzziness of the instrumentals. It’s got a slowed down drawn out groove reminiscent of “Manic Depression” by Jimi Hendrix. It’s got that heaviness and darkness reminiscent of “Lonely Is The Word” by Black Sabbath. The vocals have that note fluctuation reminiscent of “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane. It’s got a chunky bassline and eerie vocals reminiscent of “Anodyne” by Baroness. Plus, it’s got that sludgy and dark feel akin to “A Quest To Believe (A Call To The Void)” by Corrosion of Conformity. “Extreme Indifference to Life” is a perfect example of musicians pulling from influences that span decades and genres. You would be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t check it out and share it with your friends.

“Extreme Indifference to Life” is the first single from “Garden of Heathens” set to be released April 12, 2024 via Magnetic Eye Records. Pre-sale is available at Magnetic Eye Records for CD/Vinyl and at Heavy Temple’s Band Camp Page for digital, CD, and Vinyl.

Heavy Temple’s singer and bass player High Priestess Nighthawk commented on the new album: “The lyrics of our new record ‘Garden of Heathens’ are rather personal. They are always the last thing to get done, but these nearly wrote themselves. The words came from the darkest parts of my mind that I usually don’t want to confront. Coincidentally, ‘Extreme Indifference to Life’ deals with the imposter syndrome to the extreme: the anxiety of overthinking everything, always wondering if you’re good enough, or even if you were ever any good to begin with.”

Garden of Heathens Track List
1.  Extreme Indifference to Life
2.  Hiraeth
3.  Divine Indiscretion
4.  House of Warship
5.  Snake Oil (and Other Remedies)
6.  In the Garden of Heathens
7.  Jesus Wept
8.  Psychomanteum