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Tempel Leads Listeners on Dark Trips Through the Realm of Experimental Metal

It's 2014 and high time you got some new music into your playlist -- seriously. And that's doubly true when it comes local music, of which there's an abundance in metro Phoenix. The Valley's music scene is gifted with burgeoning bands and emerging artists who will be making waves and getting attention this year.

Up on the Sun is highlighting more than a dozen such acts for our series 14 Bands You Need to Hear in 2014. Today, our resident hard rock writer Lauren Wise tries to crack the code of the mysterious metal act known as Tempel.

Darkly intoxicating and atmospheric doom metal concoctions are a specialty of local experimental instrumental duo Tempel. A collaboration of guitarist/keyboardist/engineer Ryan Wenzel and drummer Rich Corle, the band mixes such murky heavy metal variants as death, black, and sludge into their sonic alchemy, layering sounds from each genre to create something refreshing and captivating for any type of music fan.


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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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