Temic (Eric Gillette & Diego Tejeida) Interview – Terror Management Theory

Temic’s Eric Gillette & Diego Tejeida talk about the new band, their debut album Terror Management Theory, and everything they have coming up.

TEMIC formed when the rest of the world was grinding to a halt. Eric Gillette and Diego Tejeida had already toured the world together as members of Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, but it wasn’t until 2020 that they decided to start a super group with Arkentype drummer Simen Sandnes and Fredrik Klemp, who’s the lead vocalist for Maraton.

On this new podcast episode, Eric Gillette & Diego Tejeida join Roie and Kyle Fagala to talk about the new band, their debut album Terror Management Theory, and everything they have coming up.

Terror Management Theory is out on Nov. 17th, 2023.

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“Terror Management Theory” puts a proggy and positive spin on a new psychological theory. Instead of falling into despair over thoughts about our own mortality, the album finds a sense of purpose by recognizing that life is too precious not to live every moment to the max. Its grand closing statement,”Mothallah”, presents TEMIC at their peak.


At just under eight minutes, the song has room for twinkling keys, riffing synths, zero-gravity double bass kicks, two choirs and a classic arena rock solo that will have you down on both knees shredding your air guitar. “We will fight until the rays of light stand high”, sings Fredrik Bergersen with such booming, keening conviction, that even a nihilist would have no choice but to believe that this band is truly divine.

Here’s what TEMIC have to say about their new single:
“The lyrics in ‘Mothallah’ come from the personified perspective of our inner survival-seeking selves, encouraging us to reconcile and reconnect with our inner strength and self-confidence, especially when facing great challenges or fighting fears.

The choir brings to life a sense of community and belonging, realizing that not only as individuals, but also as a species, do we all face challenges and ‘fight through the darkest night…’

For this self-produced video, we wanted to emphasize that the band members come from very different backgrounds, nationalities and ethnicities. Even when living thousands of kilometers away, it is music that bring us all together.”

‘Terror Management Theory’ comes out November 17. Pre-order the album HERE. Pre-save it HERE: https://shopusa.season-of-mist.com/band/temic

Track list:
1. TMT (2:02)
2. Through the Sands of Time (7:00)
3. Falling Away (4:58)
4. Count Your Losses (6:13)
5. Skeletons (7:00)
6. Acts of Violence (5:52)
7. Friendly Fire (5:57)
8. Paradigm (6:33)
9. Once More (5:45)
10. Mothallah (7:27)
Total: 58:54

Fredrik Bergersen (Maraton, 22) – Vocals
Eric Gillette (The Neal Morse Band, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress) – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Simen Sandnes (Shining, Arkentype) – Drums and Percussion
Diego Tejeida (Devin Townsend, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, ex-Haken) – Keyboards and Sound Design

Guest musicians:
Jacob Umansky (USA) – Bass guitar on the whole album
Mosaic Gospel Choir (Norway) – Mothallah
Garden State Threshold Choir (USA) – Mothallah

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