Most people have something they like to obsess about. I obsess about coffee, Metal, a cohesive structure in life; George Bush obsesses about the war on terrorism; the Dalai Lama on peace and spirituality, and so forth. Filip Dupont and Joris Timmermans, a duo residing under the name P:407 (at first called PROJECT 407), obsess about the end, a dawn of nothingness, the apocalypse.
“Themes For The Coming Apocalypse” follows in the wake of two rather well conceived demos. The style exercised is a form of Melodic, Post Doom Metal; it´s got the classic drowsy tempos, preserved buildups, the askewful riffing which really conveys wasteland picturesques, and minor lead melodies emphasising the foreboding atmosphere.
There are three songs, or themes actually, a thirty minute soundtrack to the end. Mostly instrumental, the EP does a fine job in painting what we all fear, post civilisation! There´s an immense sense of dreariness found on “The Face Of End”, while “And Death Shall Have No Dominion” finds itself within more convenient gothic formulas, accompanied by unfortunate out-of-tune singing. The experimental leanings of “Prophecy” ends up being the most interesting of the three, simply because it´s so damn otherwordly and unpleasant aesthetically.
Despite no rating, I walk away intrigued by the harsh and confronting atmospheres that behold this EP, this is definitely something that should be explored further, for the sake of atmospherical value!
(Online November 20, 2008)