Temples - Volcano
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2017 Ratings: #473 / 668
User Score
Based on 104 ratings
2017 Ratings: #431
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It takes a few listens to appreciate everything that’s going on within the songs, which are more psychedelic than pop this time round, but it’s clear from the offset that the band have not only built on their debut, but expanded their sound hugely.

It would have been really easy for Temples to pump out Sun Structures 2.0, but they took a chance, and the result is some really exciting rock'n'roll.

‘Volcano’ may rank as more of a technical progression than an artistic one, but it’s no less impressive for that.

There’s something refreshing about how wholeheartedly Temples embraces genres that feel so closely tied to decades past. Nothing about the group’s approach feels like a rehash, though, and Volcano is an even better show of originality and commitment to personal musical style than any previous release.

Where debut ‘Sun Structures’ painted the portrait of a band out of step with the modern world, crafting tracks in such obvious homage to their influences they could easily be lost relics from among them, ‘Volcano’ shows a group able to take these reference points and craft them in their own image.
Under The Radar

Their latest, Volcano, practically sheds the skin of their earlier approach, with the band leaning on their melodic strengths to emerge with a largely new identity that also seems a surprisingly natural fit.

The Telegraph

Every track on Volcano flows beautifully, almost overloaded with hooks and harmonies, and charged with rhythmic intent. But the soundscapes are infinitely brighter and weirder and more thrillingly modern.

Pretty Much Amazing

This record’s closest counterpart is last year’s Currents from Tame Impala. Temples can’t quite reach pop solidarity like those Aussies, but they come close enough.

God Is in the TV

Listening to their subsequent release Volcano gives one the impression that they aim to progress away from that semi-plagiarisation label but still stick to their musical beliefs of sonic trickery, evolutional hallucinogenic mood and poetic creativity.


Fans of the first album may be disappointed by the changes, especially since the band takes most of the psych out of its pop. Those who stick around will find that Volcano is a pretty good modern pop record.

No Ripcord

The second full-length effort from Kettering quartet Temples is another solid effort, but as with 2014 debut Sun Structures, Volcano lacks the spark that should be propelling the band into precocious territory.

Northern Transmissions

Volcano’s crater maybe smoking with the promise of producing some enticing sonic magma but it’s resulting eruption is rather lukewarm when it could be piping hot.


Like the good and bad parts of a trip, what Temples encapsulate is riding the wave between both the highs and lows. Arguably this makes their ethos transcendental in a sense, but what lets them down is what makes certain tracks more memorable than others.

The 405

By all means, give this a spin if you're either a fan of Temples or not, and tell me I'm wrong. But I do believe in excitement and empathy through music, and Volcano simply didn't do it for me.

The Guardian
If something is missing, it’s any kind of dark heart. After these 12 heaped spoonfuls of sugar, you may be left yearning for the medicine.
Drowned in Sound

Volcano is a fun album of tightly-crafted, catchy melodies. But it’s in no way reinventing the genre the band members so keenly idolise.


Unfortunately, while undoubtedly bigger, it is – despite Bagshaw’s claims – not necessarily better. And the main issue is that blindingly glistening production and the garish, dog-bothering synths that dominate near every track.

The Independent

Crikey, what happened to this lot? A few years ago, Temples’ Sun Structures debut heralded a promising addition to the UK indie scene, their skirling guitars hinting at deep immersion in psych-rock forebears like Traffic and The Pretty Things. But with the toothless Volcano, they’ve abandoned that path in favour of a wheedling, keyboard-heavy electropop sound with much less bite, pock-marked with dubious stylistic potholes.

Mar 3, 2017
Tame Impala's new album isn't sounding so great.
Mar 19, 2017
It's just reverb for 48 minutes
Jan 11, 2018
Aug 18, 2017
First of all, there’s nothing here that you wouldn’t find on Tame Impala’s records, or even lighter The Flaming Lips’ ones. But not that exciting. Volcano is a compilation of nicely done, well-written neo-psychedelia tunes with a ton of synths and extreme reverberation. After the first few songs, music seems to be blending into one unrecognizable pop-psych pulp. On the other hand, I have to admit, there are some great moments here like Certainty, Born Into the Sunset, ... read more
Aug 3, 2017
The difficult second album after a stunning debut.
Track List
  1. Certainty
  2. All Join In
  3. (I Want to Be Your) Mirror
  4. Oh the Saviour
  5. Born into the Sunset
  6. How Would You Like to Go?
  7. Open Air
  8. In My Pocket
  9. Celebration
  10. Mystery of Pop
  11. Roman Godlike Man
  12. Strange or Be Forgotten
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Added on: October 31, 2016