Tarpaulin are a band from Illinois that plays a mixture of black metal, ambient and drone with spoken word parts and this is a review of their 2013 album "The Bleached" which was released by EEE Recordings.
Song one "Funnel Virtually" starts out with a lo-fi primitive, fast black metal riff, semi blast beats from the drums and spoken word parts before the heavy bass line and slow drone/doom elements kick in for a few seconds before returning to the black metal parts and remain that way through out the song.
Song two "For The Purpose Of Conferring" starts out with a slow, ambient black metal riffs as well as the spoken word parts in place where screams would regular be at and then the blast beats from the drums and faster primitive riffing kicks inn while also remaining that way for most of the song.
Song three "Little By Little" starts out with mid paced drumming and riffing going for more of a classic black metal approach along with some spoken word parts which are mixed down low in the mix and are hard to hear or understand which then results into the song going for more of a slower primitive ambient black metal approach before reverting back to the mid paced elements of the beginning and remaining that way till the end.
Song four "Bound For Zar" starts out with a more slower blackened/doom/drone riff and spoken word parts which have a ritualistic feeling to them before some semi blast beats from the drums kick in for a few seconds then revert back to the slower riffing as well as going back to the faster parts and primitive black metal riffing along with the back and forth approach throughout the rest of the song.
Song five "Eastward/ Involving Perspective" starts out with a very slow and heavy doom/sludge metal riff as well as the spoken word parts which go on for 4 minutes before some psychedelic/experimental sounds start kicking in while also mixing in elements of drone and noise as well as remaining repetitive throughout the last 20 + minutes of the song.
In my opinion Tarpaulin are a very great sounding hybrid of black metal, ambient and drone and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "For The Purpose Of Conferring" and "Bound For Zar". RECOMMENDED BUY.