Temple 8

Temple 8

 
2923 East Square Lake Rd, Troy, Michigan, USA
BandRockProgressive

Straddling the realms of Neo-Progressive and Progressive Metal. Exciting, stadium ready Progressive Rock/Metal full of thick, chunky, driving riffs, melodic chords and open atmospheric vibe that defies tradition. Reminiscient of Rush, Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, Marillion and Pink Floyd.

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Biography

Since the 2003 release of their debut CD Enter the Temple, Temple 8 has been impressing music fans wherever the band appears. Straddling the realms of Neo-Progressive Rock, Symphonic Rock, and Progressive Metal, Temple 8 delivers a brand of exciting, stadium-ready Progressive Rock full of thick, chunky, driving riffs, melodic chords and open atmospheric vibe that defies tradition.

Inspired by such rock greats as Rush, Triumph, Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, Marillion and Pink Floyd, Temple 8 is philosophically inquisitive and politically irreverent, hitting a home run by using poetic and politically charged lyrics to illustrate the stark state of world affairs, driving toward spiritual awakening, all laid out and wrapped around a superb, epic musical platform.

"Temple 8 ... combines the best of rock with metal and electronics into this driving extravaganza that could be played with a dozen performers and not just three or four. Temple 8 has both paradox and simplicity at its core. It is both grand and restrained." -- [ Janie Franz, SKOPE Magazine ]

Veteran performers with conference, festival and tour experience, Temple 8's graphic, controversial background video presentations and backdrops give the a band a visual appeal rivaled only by their major label counterparts.

Temple 8 has a growing number of accolades to its credit including an endorsement with Canada's Carparelli Guitars (formerly Dot-On-Shaft Guitars), long-running top 100 chart positions at Neil Young's "Living With War Today" web site in 2004, an Honorable Mention in the PeaceDriven Songwriting Awards in 2005, inclusion on the Progressive Rock Hall of Fame CD Volume 1 in 2008, and inclusion in the "Noccalula" film soundtrack in 2010. The band is currently in the pre-production stages of their sophomore effort "Iconoclast", available April 2011.

Lyrics

At the Summit (edited)

Written By: Kurt Tischer

We're coming to a new level of understanding
We're coming close to a meeting of minds
The Reds see stripes and The Stripes are reddening
Someday soon, it's just a matter of time

Can we expect our world to survive
When we're taking our own lives?
How will our world remain
If it's left in a pool of blood, greed, and pain?

Disease is spreading like media gossip
It's an epidemic that will not quit
The pestilience will grow if we don't act on it
You can ignore opinions but don't forget the facts

It's affecting your homeland, it's affecting mine
How can we fight a common enemy
When we can't keep from fighting our own kind?

We're coming to a new level of understanding
We're coming close to a meeting of minds
The Reds see stripes and The Stripes are reddening
Someday soon, it's just a matter of time

If the East moved left and the West moved right
We both might find we'd have no reason to fight...

Danger Zone

Written By: Kurt Tischer

Every single day it's the same thing
The bodies lay in the street
While the sound of sirens fill the air
You learn to live with the din of the fighting
Because it hasn't stopped in several thousand years
Real estate changes hands almost like clockwork
You never seem to know who is in command

When you live in the Danger Zone
You remember all you hear
When you live in the Danger Zone
Scars are what you bear
When you live in the Danger Zone
You live your life in fear
When you live in the Danger Zone
Death is always near
When you live in the Danger Zone

The other side always knows where you're hiding
It doesn't take them long
To find out exactly where you are
You pray with every day of the fighting
That the battle stops
And the sound of silence fills the air

When you live in the Danger Zone
The news is always bad
When you live in the Danger Zone
Faces are always sad
When you live in the Danger Zone
It's hard to keep from going mad
When you live in the Danger Zone
Your life is all you have...

It's Alright

Written By: Kurt Tischer

I saw the sunrise in the West today
I watched the sky turn to grey
I felt the heat twenty miles away
I shook my head and slowly said,
"It's alright, hey it's alright..."

I kidded myself for years
Thinking that we'd never do it
Cast away those doubts and fears about this final day
All their talk and diplomacy didn't help improve it...

I ran for you as you called my name
You wiped the sweat from my head
Four desperate eyes and the skies in flame
Only two words to be said,
"It's alright, hey it's alright..."

I ran for you as you called my name
You wiped the sweat from my head
Four desperate eyes and the skies in flame
Only two words to be said,
"It's alright, hey it's alright..."

I kidded myself for years
Thinking that we'd never do it
Cast away those doubts and fears about this final day
All their talk and diplomacy?
Well there was nothing to it.
In grief I stare, as the Earth is wasted away...

The Big Picture

Written By: Kurt Tischer

Staring down from my Vanity
Clear Channel runs everything
Corporate radio monopoly
Dissolving into a Puddle of Creed

Covert and clever diablerie
In our face yet we never see
Planting seeds of deception and greed
In the name of The American Dream

All for One for All
All for One for All
All for One for All
All for One
One for All

All the oil in the Middle East
Cannot spare us our gluttony
Mowing down forests to build city streets
Is not a scene The Big Picture needs

And you... you say you want money
And you... you dream about fame
And you... only see milk and honey
And you... you're all losing your way

A.O-HELL to Infinity
Media feeding us everything
Perception - The truth that they sell, we'll believe
Magicians with marketing tricks up their sleeves

One for All for One
One for All for One
One for All for One
One for All
All for One

Killing in the name of some deity
The apex of moral indignity
The corruption that's shaking the money tree
Is not a scene The Big Picture needs

And you... don't you think that it's funny?
Yeah you... a willing pawn in this game
And you... content to sit and do nothing
For you... the end is always the same

Don't you realize it's just a pack of lies?
Those who need it can't afford it
Those who can, collect and hoard it
Don't you realize it's just a pack of lies?
The affluent's obsession
To hold the rest in their oppression

And you... serve the end that is coming
Yeah you... somehow think that you're free
And you... believe that you're cunning
Yeah you... I only wish you could see

Living in a world of hypocrisy
The saddest disgrace to humanity
This mirage and the lies of prosperity
Are not the scenes The Big Picture needs

Ideas of the Mind

Written By: Kurt Tischer

Illusions, Illusions
It's all illusions
The cosmic and the karmic in an endless game
The fabric of reality, absurd in its duality
So everything remains
Illusions, Illusions
It's all illusions
Hidden power lurking there, just under the veil
Supernaturality, taboo in actuality
But just waiting to be tamed
Illusions, Illusions
It's all illusions
Living in world of constant change
Many into one and then back into many
Yet everything remains

We're not bodies, we're not atoms
We All Are
And that's all we need to be
We're Ideas of The Mind
Deaf man hear, Blind man see

Perceptions, perceptions
Receiving perceptions from a Higher Plane
Beyond its dark disguise
The simple means to mold and recreate the universe
Is freely given to those who try
Perceptions, perceptions
Receiving perceptions
A single, subtle, secret truth
Is masking multitudes of lies
Tap the core of what you really know
And see the world through ten billion eyes
While we're awake we can just believe
But in our dreams we realize

We're not bodies, we're not atoms
We All Are
And that's all we need to be
We're Ideas of The Mind
Lame man walk, Dead man breathe

From ageless spirit few can fathom
Those points of light space can't contain
We are Ideas of The Mind
Collective Soul -- We're All The Same...

Turn Left

Written By: Kurt Tischer

Turn Left - Red Minds
Turn Left - Red Views
Turn Left - A little Red Vision in the news
Turn Left

Turn Left - Where's your freedom?
Turn Left - Where's your pride?
Turn Left - Big Brother standing at your side
Turn Left

For the people with the power you live your life
For the people with the power have restrained your rights

Turn Left - Change your thinking
Turn Left - Change your plans
Turn Left - The State makes your decisions and you follow their commands
Turn Left

Turn Left - You share no secrets
Turn Left - You have no friends
Turn Left - For on The Party your fate depends
Turn Left

For the people with the power you live your life
For the people with the power have restrained your rights

Turn Left - It's your religion
Turn Left - No alibis
Turn Left - You're always followed by Invisible Eyes
Turn Left
Now...