Hail Satan: Twin Temple Are Bringing Darkness To The Land Of Angels


It’s Satan’s world, and we’re just living in it

Red lights shined down on the stage, as an organ played a haunting melody fit for a vintage horror film. Echoes of “Hail Satan” and “Hail Babylon” ricocheted off of the walls of the Echoplex as a woman clad in black lace lifted a chalice to the sky, only to have an inverted cross thrust into the cup. She took a sip of what looked like blood, the red liquid dripping down her chin. The sacrament was done, and the offering closed.

This is the Satanic world of Twin Temple, and we’re just living in it.

Alexandra and Zachary James are the high priestess and priest of Twin Temple, a seven-piece Satanic doo-wop band hailing from the city of Angels. While many confine Satan to the likes of black metal, the duo is breaking the notion that Satan has a type. After all, who says Satan wouldn’t get down to some classic Americana-meets-occult Amy Winehouse tunes? Through their practice with Satanism both on and off stage, Twin Temple is challenging notions about what it means to free the oppressed, fight back against dated and binary ways of thinking, and doing it all while hailing the dark lord himself.

“Satanism, as a concept, was just a historical way of othering and oppressing groups of [already] typically oppressed people, from the genocide to indigenous people to the witch trials in America. All these people were lumped into the category of ‘devil worshippers,’” Alexandra explains. “Satan as we know it, as an archetype, is really born out of Christian mythology. It wasn’t until the Church of Satan and Anton LeVey in 1966 that people turned it around and embraced it.”

So no, Twin Temple doesn’t drink the blood of virgins or kill babies to sacrifice on the full moon. The church has always been threatened by outsiders who claim their power, and Satanists are no different. The Christian archetype of the devil being everything God is not is also a dualism that Twin Temple pays no mind to. Both their music and their practice of Satanism are rooted in the ideals of free will and giving space to those who are often not allowed any. “For us, [Satanism]’s a way of aligning ourselves with the adversary, with the outsider. Attempting to subvert social norms, exalt the individual, and understand that everyone has the right to their own free will and to do what they please,” the band says. “Ultimately, at its root, it’s a humanistic thing, it’s about recognizing that were just one humanity. At the end of the day, the point is to transcend it and transcend dualistic thinking like God versus the devil, or mother versus whore.

Though the goal of the band is to “empower the oppressed,” it also is worth noting that they’ll definitely make you rethink your definition of Satanists. Both Alexandra and Zachary are commanding in their presence. Alexandra’s often draped in layers of vintage black lace and leather, donning a veil and elbow-length gloves on stage to perform her rituals. Zachary is just as striking, in high-waisted trousers and vintage-inspired silhouettes often topped with an inverted pentacle necklace. While their sound is a striking blend of jazzy melodies and riffs coupled with classic Americana and jazz motifs, Twin Temple also knows the power of performance. Inspired by vintage horror flicks, performance art, gothic literature, and ceremonial magick, to see Twin Temple in their element is to feel their power. After all, the band was started on Halloween (a witch’s sabbath) in 2016 when a destruction ritual was performed, and Alexandra and Zachary stepped into their power as Twin Temple, energetically killing all their previous incarnations up until that point.

Although you may expect heavy guitar riffs and a thumping bass to accompany cries of “Hail Babylon,” if there’s anything to expect with Twin Temple, it’s the unexpected. Instead, you’ll hear old-school, classic Americana-style riffs and Alexandra’s crooning voice that sounds straight out of the ‘60s. Inspired by old-school recording studios, Motown, and doo-wop bands, Twin Temple rejects conformity of any kind, whether it’s through their magick, performance, or sound. “We’ve always loved classic American music and rock and roll, but Satanism and the occult have always been this thing relegated to metal and black metal,” they say. “And one day, we were like, 'What the fuck? This is part of our life, this is part of our identity, this is something we’re truly passionate and interested in, why can’t we listen to Roy Orbison and hail Satan?'”

And while a lot of “Satanic” metal bands begin and end their worship of Satan on stage, the same can’t be said for Twin Temple. “We’re kind of different because I think a lot of the Satanic movements that are happening today, like The Satanic Temple, are this rational, political atheist organizations, where we’re actually practicing magicians and students of the occult. We’re a paradox, we honor the philosophy and we also walk the path of believing. We practice ceremonial magick,” the band says. And, as they point out, they’re “hella left-hand path,” meaning they use music, sex magick, and ritual to create their own Satanic paradise that they share with their audience via music and performance.

Though Twin Temple’s music and performances are both striking and haunting in the most glamorous of ways, the duo still has more up its sleeve. Besides their first full-length album, which should be released later this year, Twin Temple is also using their practice to help inform and empower others, namely about what it means to be Satanic and a witch. They hope to incorporate a panel on Satanism, high magick, and witchcraft before their shows, with their next being on June 22 at the Ace Theatre in L.A. Until then, you can find them on Spotify and Instagram, igniting the world with a Satanic flame with the voices of fallen angels.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.