Sunday 25 August 2019

El Templo Lunar - Mysterium Cosmographicum (EP Review)

Release date: August 21st 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Mysterium Cosmographicum – Tracklisting

1.Alphae | A 14:41
2.Omega | Ω 12:56


Luis O - Everything


Mysterium Cosmographicum is the new EP from Mexican Space/Doom/Stoner Rockers El Templo Lunar and it’s a stirring mix of progressive spaced out sounds with the band exploring many different themes within the EP’s 28 minute run time.

The EP consists of two songs – Alphae and Omega – showing you the different sides of the bands music with the guys creating a constant array of Doom/Drone/Stoner riffs that is always constantly engaging and perhaps reminds me of their fellow countrymen – VINNUM SABBATHI – though this band has a more classical and methodical approach with influences as diverse as HAWKWIND, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and TOOL.

Mysterium Cosmographicum has it’s fair share of LIGHT and DARK based grooves and can be quite claustrophobic at times especially when the music moves from Ambient Post Rock vibes to the heavier and progressive Doom Rock grooves that the band adapt on the later stages of the EP.

Even with this being an instrumental album there is a lot of ideas to digest and to fully understand. The melodies are quite aggressive and intense in places with El Templo Lunar leaving a few hidden surprises along the way.

The production is very good indeed if not a little too raw in places. It’s hard to believe that this is a one-man solo project by one highly talented individual. Luis O does everything himself on this EP and he deserves credit for creating a rich and varied EP that will have you coming back for repeated listens.

It’s best to classify and listen to this EP as one 28 minute song as both songs tell a singular story told through the power of music and Spaced Out Doom being the main instrument to deliver El Templo Lunar trippy and psychedelic message.

Overall, Mysterium Cosmographicum is damn good EP that leaves you wanting more. I’m hoping that Luis will be releasing new material in the future as he’s definitely got my interest with his brooding style of Cinematic and Spaced Out Post-Doom Metal madness.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe