Oklahoma's Idre (think hydra without the h) rose from the ashes of the two-piece project Destroyer Destroyer. Guitarist and vocalist Ryan Davis teamed up with cellist Erica Danley under the working name Thee Bad Newes. In 2013, the entity had fully bloomed into maturity upon the inclusion of drummer Nicholas Wojcik (former Catheter), as well as bassist Andon Whitehorn (Partners, Cedres), and the departure of Erica. Now a three-piece, the band entered Dust House Studio to record what has become their self-titled debut full-length album composed of two songs that push to just under forty minutes in length. But is this first recorded outing one that will set the grandest stage of all for Idre, or will it only mark their own undoing?

"Factorie" clocks in at a little under twenty-seven minutes, spanning the realms of doom metal, ambience, drone, and even some goth (not goth metal or goth rock) touches. The down-tuned stringed instruments and drums crash in with a dismal rhythm that continues to hammer in the sense of desolation. This is compounded a few minutes into the track by the barren emptiness that the droning wasteland and somewhat flat clean singing engage a Southern atmosphere that is as addicting as a voodoo ritual, ending with the crashing doom metal paced trudging by the ten minute mark that breaks the spell and leaves you in a land of wonder, joy, and tension.

"Witch Trial" starts off with an executioners march from the drums, settling in the hopelessness one thinks of when it comes to those very trials that occured in the town of Salem. The guitars that follow, however, carry more of a Spaghetti Western vibe, as if about to take part in or witness an old fashioned shoot out. Thankfully the music still retains that tone of tension and despair until about halfway when the aforementioned goth element reappears in the moody melodic passages that sound inspired by the song "We Three Kings" while having plenty of hooks and melancholic clean singing that will have you swaying along until the notes get a little more technical and the pace slows to trudge onto it's own demise.

Idre may only be two songs, but both are kind of hefty offerings due to how they're put together. During the fade around sixteen-and-a-half minutes on "Factorie," the song could have easily called it a day. Instead, what follows does feel like a natural continuation, but more as a second track that wasn't seperated into it's own track. The slower paced music is incredibly sombre, throwing in a little melody to the crawling pace to make it a little more relaxing. There's also that hint of being under a spell, which comes back with authority towards the end that it hasn't faded as you march along obediently to the caster's every command.

While many would groan over the idea of two songs racking up a near forty minutes, Idre manages to make the lengths a little easier to swallow by keeping both songs engaging just enough to hold your interest and leave little to complain about. Idre itself is a trip through sobering melancholy and depression, utilizing an array of like styles to convey deep rooted emotions that are often hidden within one's self. For a debut outing, this three-piece have done a superb job that is well worth taking the trek over to their Bandcamp to pick up as a digital "name your price" download.

Review originally posted at Apoch's Metal Review.