Colour Haze
Tempel


4.5
superb

Review

by TheSpaceMan USER (16 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2014 | 24 replies | 981 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just beyond the burning sands of the horizon rests the holy Tempel

Colour Haze treks miles away from any remote sense of identification, or at the very least their musical contemporaries. They stand comfortably beyond their own footsteps which lay strewn across untamed heavy psychedelic music; and yet they still act as though their journey has only just begun. Numerous albums in their discography show tracks of where they’ve been in the sands of time, each one a small gem for any traveler daring enough to follow. Brushing the landscapes paved by all ends of the spectrum, their very own Tempel rests half buried amongst these same dunes, providing sanctuary from some of the harsher failings of stoner rock for both fans old and new alike. No matter how experienced you are in exploring the psychedelic and stoner rock world, this album could be your very own archeological-goldmine.

Tempel is arguably their most subdued and streamlined effort, not bothering to launch itself into forced experimentation. Yet this isn’t a sign of laziness or an attempt of mainstream charting, but instead an obvious sign of maturity. Colour Haze can rightfully say they know their own sound more than most bands do, and have fully exploited this knowledge for their betterment. Everything on this record sounds like their own material, undeniable workings of these German kings. This doesn’t mean that there is a lack of any defining moments for the band, because that clearly is not the case. Opening track “Aquamaria” showcases the band in full swing (but to be fair, so do most of their songs). An emerging bassline provides a solid foundation for a subtle guitar that follows closely, providing a hazy mirage of what might be in store. It soon becomes obvious that this is only the tip of the iceberg, as the drums manage their way into the mix. Each and every tap of symbol or pounding of skin follows suite to the melody of the strings, giving each meter shift a stronger foothold in its progression forward. The song continues a roughly similar rhythm while adding humming vocals with a voice that could not be better fit, and amping the guitar to a distortion rivaling the earliest workings of the genre. Before you know it, Colour Haze erupts into a sandstorm of power that engulfs the senses.

Each song builds upon what the opener accomplished so effortlessly. The meat of the record is the consistent fuzz of the skilled guitarist, who successfully weaves his distorted visions amongst the plodding and beyond groovy basslines. Each song follows a clear structure, condensed into mid-length pieces of sheer gold. As dynamic as they are, a song never drags on even upon the first listen, with the band successfully putting to rest any idea before it even begins to grow distasteful. You won’t find a collection of riffs strung together, but instead a clear evolution of ideas borrowing upon similar rhythms. If a cool riff is dug up on Tempel, it’s usually the backbone to its entire song. One of the interesting aspects of the record is found in its production. Often times an album can architect a perfect symphony only to find the most cherished parts buried amongst poor mixing or drowned out by a stronger instrument. Here, each and every chord of the guitar, pounding of the drum, or even the drifting of the vocals (which intentionally sit in the backseat) makes the exact sound the band wants them to make. Tempel finds that perfect middle ground between silky smooth quality and fuzzy distortion that stoner rock should always aim for, something that seemed to be a kept secret amongst pioneers Kyuss and to a lesser extent, Sleep.

So while Colour Haze has made an impeccable journey across the heaviest of psychedelic music, they haven’t forgotten their true derivative. They may stick to the prehistoric and raw riffage of their instruments and ignore the use of flashy synthesizers to trip out their listeners, but sprinkled across the mountains of sand and sludge is obvious homage to Colour Haze’s krautrock roots. The softer moments of the album still show off a band at the forefront of their musical chops, often times dabbling in blues and even jazz influence. You won’t feel exhausted halfway through by the roar of the guitar and unrelenting vocals (I’m looking at you, Dopesmoker) because that isn’t what this record is about. Instead Tempel is an integral piece that flows as effortlessly as the sand it sits upon.



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TheSpaceMan
June 1st 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

realized this needed a review, so I wrote one

great fucking album

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2014


3394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, pos! Props for doing this, I haven't listened to these guys in a long while, I have to check them out again.

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eyehategod
June 1st 2014


977 Comments


band rules

SharkTooth
June 1st 2014


4301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy shit this didn't have a review?!?!?1?
Blasphemy!!!1!!

I salute you for saving this album with a review it dearly needs

TheSpaceMan
June 2nd 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

appreciate it guys and thanks for the pos insomniac, somehow I figured this would be up your alley

Mad.
June 2nd 2014


3809 Comments


Wonderful review, great that this finally got one. I've been listening to this recently, not quite as amazing as the s/t but Colour Haze are still a gem of a band.

One line that I didn't feel made sense: "a song never grows stale even upon the first listen"
Surely a song can't grow stale on a first listen because you're still taking it in?

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2014


3394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Downloading their records right now. I'm stoked to hear these again!

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014


20645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album, major props for reviewing this. Will read the review later.

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014


16008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album, glad it got reviewed, pos

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TheSpaceMan
June 2nd 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hmmmm thanks Mad I get what you're saying, I guess I didn't word my point correctly. I changed it to "...song never drags on"

and yeah I can't believe this only had like 40 ratings and no review

Mad.
June 2nd 2014


3809 Comments


Ahhhh makes more sense now.

I can't believe almost NONE of their albums have reviews, they're one of the best and most loved stoner/kraut bands around today. Listened to CO2 and She Said today, damn consistent band.

TheSpaceMan
June 2nd 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

seriously these guys have a clear vision that came true, much love is needed

lalchimiste
June 10th 2014


257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just listened to stuff from s/t. Awesome and so is your review. Will listen to this one. Pos

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TheSpaceMan
September 11th 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aquamaria is such a jam

Mad.
September 13th 2014


3809 Comments


Such a good band. Those first 3 tracks of She Said are amazing

SharkTooth
September 13th 2014


4301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

have you checked out Los Sounds de Krauts Mad.?

Mad.
September 13th 2014


3809 Comments


Nah I don't think I have yet actually, unless it was ages ago. I definitely need to. I've still never rated a release by this band lol

You should defo check out Ocean Towers - Distractions Shark, it's a bit of a grower but an amazing album

SharkTooth
September 13th 2014


4301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

will do when I can

Mad.
September 13th 2014


3809 Comments


Tis on bandcamp for free download, how much better can ya get

SharkTooth
September 13th 2014


4301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh, and Mad. you should check out Burn the Sun-Crack of Dawn, it's also on bandcamp!
http://burnthesun.bandcamp.com/album/crack-of-dawn



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