Three seasoned musicians from Texas with different backgrounds, influences, and a long history of touring came together to form TEMPTRESS. Kelsey Wilson (Guitar, Vocals), Andi Cuba (Drums, Vocals), and Christian Wright (Bass, Vocals) decided to get together in January 2019, for a simple afternoon of rocking out with the intent of nothing more than keeping their skills sharpened. They weren’t planning to be a band. It just worked.
In five months, these experienced players went from jamming for fun in a practice space to writing and recording some potent heavy songs. They immediately began performing them live as TEMPTRESS with the likes of Heavy Temple, Wo Fat, Ecstatic Vision, Black Tusk, and Royal Thunder. In early June 2019, they presented their first three original songs in a debut EP release, Temptress.
Temptress finished writing their first full-length album in 2020 and then hit the studio of Crystal Clear Sound with Kent Stump (Wo Fat) to helm the recording, mix, and final mastering – which was completed in 2021.
The new record, entitled SEE, was released through Metal Assault Records on March 3, 2023, and features cover art from Caitlin Mattison. In addition to writing new music, Temptress is touring extensively throughout 2023 to support SEE and present the album to live audiences.
Kelsey Wilson – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Andi Cuba – Drums, Vocals
Christian Wright – Bass, Vocals
“The power trio used everything I love in heavy music and created a unique album. Temptress have captured my attention from start to finish with See and it’s an album I’ll want to revisit often. I only hope more than six songs were written so a follow up is not far away.” ~ The Sleeping Shaman
“With powerful vocals, intricate guitar work and a tight rhythm section, Temptress has created an album that is sure to leave a lasting impression.” ~ Sierra Light, mxdwn
“…the band became increasingly aware of their separate influences and began working to bring the sounds together into something that is just a little bit harder to define than simply ‘metal’.” ~ Dallas Observer
“With dueling male/female vocals, killer riffs, and an element of looming danger, See is going to be one of the most remembered debuts of 2023.” ~ Rich Piva, Doom Charts
“…Temptress takes you into the deep, dark tunnels and unveils this crystal ball, showing you these hidden secrets that’ll make your eyes wide-open. And we got to witness its true colours from start to finish.” ~ Echoes and Dust
“With a sound as big as the state they hail from this Dallas/ Ft. Worth quartet throws down some grooving heavy riffs, swirling solos perfectly paired with drums and bass that are heavy, huge and just ooze with power.” ~ Outlaw Review
“…an exercise in turn-it-up-’til-your-ears-bleed thundering party excess. A little bit of Motorhead here, some Girlschool and Montrose there, topped off with a pinch of doom and a cavalier punk rock attitude and wink, the Dallas, Texas unit have come up with a wildly entertaining concoction. I just keep hitting repeat over and over again once the three-track, 13-minute release concludes. One of the best EPs of the year.” ~ The Mighty Decibel
“Temptress kick ass and take names on their balls-out barnburner Hot Rails, a taste of their self-titled June 7 EP. Hold on for dear life.” ~ Tinnitist
“Ripping full-speed out of the gate with straightforward heavy rock ‘n roll and traditional heavy metal, TEMPTRESS isn’t wasting any time and they sure as hell don’t strike me as a band that even knows the meaning of ‘timid’.” ~ Riff Relevant
“Amazing is the format that the band TEMPTRESS radiates on their first three-tracker, captivating the honest and easy way in which the band practices their sound. The three songs grow with each passage, offering smoky, fervently tuned melodies and a good portion of feeling.” ~ KOBZR Magazine