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On The Steps Of The Temple

by Tempel

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Tempel's daunting debut instrumental release "On The Steps Of The Temple" is 53 minutes of towering riffs, crushing drums and compositions that blend metal's dark and melodic elements seamlessly.

"Tons of bands have tinkered with the post-metal formula since Neurosis and Isis helped cement the admittedly amorphous form of music. But Arizona instrumental outfit Tempel takes things to uncharted—and astounding—territory with its debut album, On The Steps Of The Temple. This is not your typical ethereal, chin-stroking post-metal; rather, On The Steps creeps with otherworldly menace as it twists blackened shimmer and doom-steeped riffs into a whirling vortex of dread." - The A.V. Club

"Especially for a debut album, On the Steps of the Temple is a mature, beautifully executed tour through a harsh landscape of crags and thorns, mountains and menace. Yeah, I’m late to this party, but it’s a party I’d like to prolong in the hope that others will be lured inside — because it’s a bash that shouldn’t be missed." - NO CLEAN SINGING

"When you identify your sound with a laundry list of styles, the way Tempel has, you are setting the bar abnormally high. Meeting expectations, then, becomes an entirely unlikely endeavor. But these two musicians do exactly that, delivering on every promise their tag line suggests. Having six tracks that draw dangerously close to the hour mark is intimidating, but the reward is more than worth it. Hidden in each of these opus' is a veritable what's what in metal. Fan of blaring distorted guitars? Got it. Lighting fast percussion? Check. The fact of the matter is, if you are looking for anything and everything, "On The Steps Of The Temple" has it; except for vocals. We don't need no stinkin' vocals." - Sorrow Eternal

"'On The Steps Of The Temple' is a churning, thrashing, well-paced, ominous metal journey across some incredibly evocative and haunting soundscapes. It's a remarkable debut and awesome achievement for the Arizonan duo. I implore you to climb the steps, enter the Temple and succumb to its hard hitting musical majesty. The highest recommendation possible for fans of Post-Rock, Instrumental, and/or Metal. Period." - Echoes and Dust

"The band comes scorching out of the gate with the ferocious "Mountain," a non-stop deluge of double bass drumming, gorgeous keyboard melodies and tight tremolo guitar picking. The song is one of the best I have heard this year. This is a record that deserves your attention and there is no doubt that Tempel will be signed. Genius of this magnitude cannot be denied." - Heavy Metal About dot com

"This album took 3 years to make. This album is a labour of love for these guys. And it shows. Every note written and played feels like it belongs in that order. It’s a perfect balance of dedication and originality that not a lot of bands can match." - The Sludgelord

"I’ve had mixed results with instrumental albums over the years – vocals are such a powerful and cathartic emotional element, and without them, the compositions must stand on their own. If they wander too much, it can sometimes be hard to stay engaged for the entire ride. Tempel surmounts these issues with this epic, compelling and monstrous album, and with lengthy compositions that hurtle by in what seems like half the time. This talented duo is a revelation, and On the Steps of the Temple is one of the year’s best metal albums. Don’t miss it." - Teeth Of The Divine

"This temple is made of metal, and it’s begging for worship." - Metal Bandcamp


released January 21, 2014

All songs written, arranged, performed and recorded by Tempel

Ryan - Guitars, Keys, Engineer
Rich - Drums

Tempel logo created by: BàsDubh Artwork & Design



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