Theatrum is a progressive metal band from Latvia. The band consists of Inessa (vocals), Vitaly (bass, keyboards), Uģis (guitar), Alberts (drums), Artūrs (lead guitar) and their music is characterized by a combination of female operatic vocals and heavy riffs.
Drapery is the band’s first EPand was released in 2013. It contains 3 songs: “In Pursuit of Time”, “Theatre of Lies” and “Severe Fall”.
The EP starts off with “In Pursuit of Time” which is, in fact, a mix of a variety of rhythm patterns and musical styles with a vast amount of riffs and melodies. The first thing that somebody might notice is the operatic singing technique Inessa uses in the beginning of the song. The song proceeds with continuous changes, both in the rhythm and in the mood of the song.
The second song of the EP, titled “Theatre of Lies”, was actually the first song that was composed for Theatrum, which, at that time, was a home project by the band’s former guitarist Vladislav Varslavans. The song begins with an assortment of aggressive riffs which flawlessly transitions into a more ambient part to perfectly match the vocal line. After that, one could say there is a lot of headbanging going on, as the song exchanges the soothing vocal lines for heavy riffs and complex rhythm patterns.
The last song of the EP, much like the previous two, is characterized by a greatamount of riffs, melodiesas well as by constant mood changes.
Concluding, I must say that the EP promises 16 minutes of pleasant listening. The band does not consider itself a metal opera band, but, even though I’m not a big fan of female vocals, I believe that the female vocals, especially the operatic ones, fit the band’s music and style exceptionally.