April 19th (USA), self-released
EP (17 min.)
Drone Doom, Avantgarde Metal
The “Compass” EP is the newest release by Christian experimental one man Metal project TIMŌRĀTUS, which came into being in collaboration with another underground one man project called weapons of indignation.
Over the last few years, David Napier, the man behind TIMŌRĀTUS, has been experimenting with many different styles of Metal and released a cohesive concept series of EPs each of which had a different genre (the EPs are titled “Death”, “Doom”, “Black” and “Grind”, accordingly to their respective genre).
This 17 minutes EP now falls into yet another stylistic category of Metal, namely Drone Doom.
I really liked his genre EPs so far but I must say that they were nothing too special. They were “generic”, which was kind of the idea behind them in the first place but also made them a bit less enjoyable than they probably could’ve been.
This EP on the other hand really is something special.
Drone Doom always has the potential to be very one dimensional and grow boring rather quickly, so it’s always nice to hear a band experiment with unusual musical elements to make their sound stand out from the rest.
For “Compass”, TIMŌRĀTUS teamed up with Aleka Tengesdal (weapons of indignation), a cellist. So what we hear on this almost entirely instrumental EP is great atmospheric Drone Doom, overlaid with dark, creeping, sometimes dissonant cello playing. The music is very heavy and creates a dense atmosphere that feels dark but also has those indescribable moments of light piercing through.
This EP is definitely one of the most interesting pieces of Drone I’ve heard this year and I highly recommend it to everyone who likes the genre.
You can download TIMŌRĀTUS’ whole discography for free from Bandcamp.