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Interview: Jesse Kazmer (Temple of the Diagonal) discusses new album, Deviations

For over two decades, vocalist/guitarist Jesse Kazmer has facilitated various hard rock and metal acts, each part of an ongoing lineage. The Cleveland, Ohio native formed his first band, Puzzle, in 1999, and soon found his footing in the city’s competitive, cutthroat music scene. From the ashes of Puzzle rose Complex (2003-2005), whose DIY ethos involved putting on their own shows and recording and distributing several demos of original material. Following their disbandment, Kazmer morphed their remnants into Paperwerk which then evolved into Vessel Decimal, his first longstanding endeavor. The project spawned three albums, all of which expanded in stylistic expression and ambition, and lasted until 2020. While Covid-19 struck the world in March of that year, Kazmer became even more prolific, launching a total of eight solo stints: Evil Twin, A Pot to Piss In, Heartworm, Contraption, 00101101001, The Woodwork, UltraClown and Devil Stinkbait.

By the summer of 2022, alongside longtime bandmate, keyboardist Al Rossman (Puzzle, Complex, Paperwerk), Kazmer formed his current outfit Temple of the Diagonal. The band has since made the rounds with their debut album, Deviations, released on October 22nd of this year. They have also signed with UK-based metal label Face Ripper Records.

Having been a fan of Complex myself since the age of 12, as well as Kazmer’s subsequent projects over the years, I was pleased to learn of Temple of the Diagonal and their new album. On Friday, Kazmer came on for an interview to discuss the depth of its concept, and its connection to his past music.

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About Jake Kussmaul

I come from a family who is passionate about all things music. I learned to sing at an early age, and by 13, had my very own Fender Strat guitar. I tried my hardest at learning all that I could. Because I was born with cerebral palsy, I had to teach myself an adaptive playing style. I learned to write and record my own music, despite these difficulties. In college, I started making great use of my writing abilities by reviewing music, as well as copy editing. I guess it's best to stick with what you know, while welcoming a fair challenge at the same time.

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