CIVEROUS: “Shrouded In Crystals” Single From Decimating Los Angeles Death/Doom Quintet Now Streaming; Maze Envy LP Nears March 22nd Release On 20 Buck Spin

photos by Juliet Guzman

“Shrouded In Crystals” is the demoralizing new single from Southern California death/doom quintet CIVEROUS and their punishing second LP, Maze Envy, nearing March 22nd release on 20 Buck Spin.

Upon hearing CIVEROUS’ debut album, Decrepit Flesh Relic, one was left with a feeling of intense suffocating weight and agonal prostration in the service of bone-breaking death hymns. With the towering new album Maze Envy, Los Angeles’ most creatively destructive death/doom ensemble lets loose a freshly evolved but no less brutal conflagration of immersive horror and morbid lamentation.

Where death/doom may often stay in safe and unadventurous realms of narrow focus, Maze Envy presents a more far-reaching breadth of ambition, where unusual technicality, progressive atmospheres, string flourishes, and chaotic mysticism radiate a purple light of the soul’s ascension from the black oceans of dread CIVEROUS inhabits. Chain-dragging dirge and blackened blasting courtesy of drummer Aidan Neuner, bassist Drew Horton, and guitarists Daniel Salinas and Alonso Santana, met with the savage ferocity of Lord Foul’s hellish vocal exorcisms, exalt Mazy Envy with a hellish grandeur within its myriad paths to oblivion.

Maze Envy was recorded between Winter 2022 and Summer 2023, engineered, mixed, and produced by Andrew Solis (Apparition) at Deadstare Audio with additional engineering by Kevin McCombs at The Steakhouse, North Hollywood, and mastered by Nick Townsend at Infrasonic Sound. The record features captivating cover art by Juanjo Castellano (Majesties, Voidceremony, Avulsed, Gates Of Ishtar), photography by Juliet Guzman, and layout by Dan Fried, completing a record prime for fans of Spectral Voice, Disembowelment, My Dying Bride, Worm, Ceremonium, Tzompantli, Krypts, and Rippikoulu.

With a massively crushing sound, Maze Envy is end-of-times music for an age in which that reckoning feels unfathomably close. CIVEROUS batters the senses into a state of labyrinthian turmoil from which emergence is ever more implausible.

CIVEROUS collectively reports with the new single, “‘Shrouded In Crystals’ was the first song we wrote for the album, beginning the journey through the Maze, headed towards an overwhelming obsession in the center. It showcases the entire band, with a drum solo, individual bass break, cave diving guitar riffs, and brutal vocals. There’s even a guitar motif that some may notice in ‘Labyrinth Charm’ as well, an expression of songwriting talent from our guitarist Alonso Santana. We wanted to show the evolution of technicality within the band but still stay true to our death-doom origins.”

Lose yourself in the maze of CIVEROUS’ “Shrouded In Crystals” at YouTube HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

20 Buck Spin will release Maze Envy on LP, CD, MC, and digital platforms March 22nd. Find merch and preorder options at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE, and watch the video for the lead single “Labyrinth Charm” featuring guest Derek Rydquist (The Zenith Passage, The Faceless) HERE.

CIVEROUS is plotting tour dates in support of Maze Envy, the band already confirmed to play multiple Spring and Summer festivals including Disemboweled God Fest 2024 in Seattle with Mortiferum, Druid Lord, Drawn And Quartered, Tithe, and more, the inaugural Austin Death Fest with Tomb Mold, Witch Vomit, Mortiferum, Outer Heaven, Sentenced 2 Die, Lunar Chamber, Maul, Torture Rack, and others, Death Over Bakersfield 2024 with the likes of Apparition, Fórn, Abyssal and Funeral Leech, and Deadstock II alongside Abstracter, Mephitic Corpse, Apparition, and many others. Stand by for live updates throughout the year, with plans of invading Europe in the Fall in the works.

3/29-31/2024 Disemboweled God Fest 2024 @ Belltown Yacht Club – Seattle, WA
4/27-28/2024 Austin Death Fest @ Mohawk – Austin, TX
6/21-24/2024 Death Over Bakersfield 2024 @ Grumpy’s Brewing Co. – Bakersfield, CA
7/19-21/2024 Deadstock II @ TBA