Temple is an instrumental metal duo from Phoenix, AZ. Formed in 2003 by Ryan Wenzel (Guitars, Keys) and Rich Corle (Drums), TEMPEL manages to blend metal's dark and melodic elements seamlessly. Upon its initial release, "On The Steps Of The Temple" developed a buzz in the underground community and received praise from notable press outlets such as The A.V. Club, who proclaimed, "Tempel takes things to uncharted-and astounding-territory... this is not your typical ethereal, chin-stroking post-metal." Featuring 53 minutes of towering riffs, crushing drums and hauntingly powerful compositions, "On The Steps Of The Temple" consists of "a perfect balance of dedication and originality" (Sludgelord).