Pacific Northwestern blackened doom unit, MAESTUS, will unleash their debut full-length, Voir Dire, next week via a joint venture between Domestic Genocide Records and Glossolalia Records. Comprised of Stephen Parker (Arkhum) and Jarrod Hyam (Sophos), with Kenneth Parker (Grst) and Cordell Cline (Dimensionless) recently enlisted to fulfill rhythm duties, Voir Dire was engineered and mixed during the Summer months of 2014 at Parker’s own The Wilderness studio and delivers seventy-four minutes of heart-blistering grimness, concluding with a four-part epic, ‘Opaque Shadows In Framed Stillness,’ the duration of which makes up nearly half the record’s length. Mastered by Agalloch’s Jason Walton at Earth In Sound in October 2014, Voir Dire integrates black metal, doom and ambient, resulting in a caustic yet lush confessional.
The dread-bringers at Cvlt Nation are pleased to offer up a sample helping of Voir Dire by way of second movement, “Weeping Granite,” remarking, “This blackened doom horde from Eugene, Oregon, will crush your skull with their massive riffs like a mammoth block of slow-moving granite that engulfs your senses millimeter by millimeter. Their music is a blend of black metal, doom and ambient, allowing the listener to drift into peaceful fantasy before they are flattened to a bloody pulp.”
Let the flattening commence HERE.
Voir Dire Track Listing:
1. Shrouded by Peaks, Valleys Speak
2. Weeping Granite
3. Tears of Sky
4. Algid Lungs
Opaque Shadows In Framed Stillness:
5. I: Overcast Fields Ridden With Dew
6. II: Specie Æternitas
7. III: Water Sifting Through Iceladen Veins
7 V: Per Æternitas
MAESTUS will bring their solemn odes to the stage this Friday for a special record release show at Wandering Goat in Eugene, Oregon with additional live exhibits to be announced in the coming weeks.
2/27/2015 Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR Record Release Show w/ Facing Extinction, Dark Confidant, Black Woofer [info]
Voir Dire follows the release of the band’s 2013-issued Scarlet Lakes EP, which A Kvlt Of Personality commended for capturing, “nature in all his horrific beauty…. uncomfortable …bipolar and dissonant, but often beautiful.”