Melbourne classic metal trio Shake the Temple are back on the scene, coming in hotter than ever. With their new self-titled album being released on November 16th via Sliptrick Records. Today the band released a video for the single Driven, Shake the Temple have returned with more to say than ever before.
Driven, a track originally written by John Joseph for an Australian reality TV show about a famous race car driver and his girlfriend instead was released with Shake the Temple, being the perfect anthem to go with this much-anticipated album release.
“I always felt it could be a cool single and we wanted to capture the band’s energy,” the band’s lead singer John Joseph says when talking about putting together the Driven music video.
Shake the Temple first hit the Australian music scene in 2018, delivering some heavy critiques of today’s society backed with a deep, vintage metal sound. After coming back from a hiatus in 2020, the band are set to pick up where they left off and get back on the live circuit in Australia and overseas.
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John Josephc – Lead Vocals & Guitars
Damian Cutler – Bass & Vocals
Dave Emms – Drums
Shake The Temple staked its arrival in late 2018 with the release of its debut single, Huntsman. The heavy-hitting single mixed sweeping melodies with fuming guitars are reminiscent of the 70s and 80s vintage metal.
But the Melbourne trio flipped things soon after, following up with an anthemic take on the city’s obsession with cosmetic surgery. Martini confirmed the versatility of the band, mixing spacious guitars with clever lyrics casting a darker light on high society.
The singles were supported by the band’s first live shows around Melbourne.
Sadly, the band’s progress was brought to a sudden halt when lead singer and songwriter John Joseph suffered a brain aneurysm in February 2020.
Admitted to emergency surgery, the project was left to wait until he recovered. Yet, despite the seriousness of the operation, Joseph was inspired to continue the project and from his bed, orchestrated the release of 3 further singles in quick-fire succession.
With three demos left in his arsenal, Joseph recruited video production guru Daniel Armstrong and together they produced 3 lyric videos to support the singles – all whilst the world went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Who I Am was released in May 2020, followed by Precious Lover just six weeks later in June 2020, and then the simmering If You And I Could Make It in July of the same year. Though the band still hadn’t featured in any of the videos at that time (due to COVID lockdowns and Joseph’s health), it would at least showcase the music.
This inspired move not only spawned three more cracking heavy rock tunes – but attracted the interest of Sliptrick Records in Europe. The band subsequently signed to the label.
After Joseph’s recovery, the band returned to the studio to record two more tracks to complete what will be a 9 song debut album on the Sliptrick Records label.
In 2021 Shake The Temple are set to release their debut album and return to the live circuit, with plans to tour Europe.