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Bow Down at the Temple of Tempel


Tempel - The Moon Lit Our PathHere’s what our own Dave Mustein had to say about On the Steps of the Temple, the 2014 debut album from Arizona instrumental metal duo Tempel:

… [they] are the proverbial needle in the instrumetal haystack, a band whose debut is meticulous, mature, and above all, fresh, putting a heavy and distinctive spin on well-established themes.

Like a chump I didn’t heed Mustein’s advice and never got to checking out On the Steps because… well, I’m a chump. But as the saying goes, time is the healer of all chumps (or something like that), and now I’ve got a second chance with The Moon Lit Our Path, out June 16 via Prosthetic Records.

Noisey released a stream for “Descending Into the Labyrinth” last week, and now I understand what Mustein was raving about: sure, there are TONS of instrumental bands in the metal space right now, but none of them sound anything like Tempel. No djentisms here, not even close. No NeurIsis post-metal atmospherics punctuated by build-ups and slow-downs either. Tempel are an entirely different beast, using black metal harmonics as the backbone for their sonic template, spiced with elements of sludge and doom; there are plenty of atmospherics, sure, but they sound like something off Side B of Meddle, not Times of Grace. You haven’t heard an instrumental metal band like this before, but it’s a good thing Tempel are here… the scene needed a band like this, and it needed one badly.

Pre-order The Moon Lit Our Path here and jam the new track below.

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