If memory serves I first wrote about Tempel all the way back in the summer of 2012 when I was a bored 16 year old at my grandparents house. How things have changed... and yet the sublime music of Tempel seems to remain the same, well, if anything it's only gotten better. Tempel, already iconoclastic and exciting to begin with have only become moreso with their latest release, the melodic and inspiring The Moon Lit Our Path, a five song instrumental black metal epic that will capture your imagination.
What Tempel do is craft unqiue soundscapes using blazing guitars and fierce drum patterns that come together ina sense of sublime ecstasy. You can't deny the overarching might that these songs have, they come from a soundworld that is wholly their own and reflect upon the greater sense of humanity that black metal is so often alienated from. There is something incredibly beautiful with what Tempel do, the way their music takes you on a journey, from the monolithic Carvings In The Door to the strangely triumphant, and very inspiring closing track, the twelve minute epic Dawn Breaks Over The Ruins.
What I'm trying to say is that The Moon Lit Our Path may very well be the instrumental record of the year. It's epic in scale and immaculate in its conception. Tempel are crafting music that feels ancient, it speaks to an older truth and it's almost shamanic at times. Incredibly meditative and refreshing Tempel are breaking boundaries that most people don't even know are there. One of the most exciting bands to be coming out of the the Arizona scene. Refreshingly direct and providing a bold new direction for metal Tempel might just change the face of the genre.
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