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MAEROR TRI's archaic music

The very best are recordings of sounds within nature which can be detected and thus heard by the human ear. Such sounds seem to be deeply rooted in a universal language which can be understood by the entire spectrum of living beings. Natural sounds have the advantage of being the closest to music which shows a certain kind of unity (Psychologie Heute, 6/94)

Evolution of our mind... And sound, as a way of development and evolution, helping listener to make an evolution of his own consciousness, and, simultaneously, a breakout into unconscious - imaginative, visual, observed on the deepest levels. "We believe in changing consciousness through the music - our music means communication, and we emerge as its reflecting way".

STEFAN KNAPPE: About the meaning of Maeror Tri : Well "maeror" is latin and means GRIEF, but also TO BE ABSORBED. "Maeror tri" is grammatically wrong, but it sounded better than the right version, for us it was something like "the absorbed three", "the suspended three", although through the meaning of GRIEF it is clear that this emotions have their basis on sadness and despair.

The atmospheric aesthetics of MAEROR TRI started in Germany in the april of 1988. Using their own sound sources, during a period of 1988-1992 they have released some 7 albums on different cassette labels; part of the early material, now forever lost, was later used on their album "Meditamentum" and compilations "Ultime Time" and "Ambiguitas". Using industrial music in the unusual ambient key, spherical objects and claustrophobia, in 1993 they have released material, recorded at a period from january till july of 1991, on their debut CD being the first in the right before started on Staalplaat series - "Korm Plastic", with excess of borders of mind being central theme for the album "Multiple Personality Disorder"; "express the four basic characters which appear nearly to all MPR-patients that known as... the most extreme form of schizophrenia". In the deep study of absolutely different frontier conditions of the mind through the music and confrontation with extreme forms of disease, the album presented a certain gloomy anatomical temple, closed on isolationism, industrial meditation and droning underground (subterranean) sounds on higher levels of utopian consciousness. Four parts of "MPD" - "the Administrator", "the Anaesthetizer", "the Revenger" and "the Protector" - presented an internal intuitive approach to subconsciousness, where the balance of existance was changing by intoxication and sinking into the world of subreality, getting through selfdestruction, hidden psychic mechanisms and operated pulses, reaching euphoria of safety at the end.

Hypnotising walls of sound drone you to a sick of industrial meditation. Unconsciousness in virtual spaces of silence, mental metaphysical drones and dark-noisy resonances were continued on the following album "Meditamentum", which included the material of their earlier experiments from the first six tape albums by Maeror Tri. Transcedental, highly hypnotising and meditating, evolving on our eyes, "concrete" sounding of their following works - such as their splendid "Myein", and released by that time "Mystagogus/Ousia" and "Physis/Phyein" singles - reminded more of a powerful orchestral sound, deeply drowned in reverberation.

"... this mansize slab of ground zero Ambient hints (aptly) at cancealment and secrecy and shadow and exclusion, the sweep of sandstorms around silos and the rumble of underground detonations, to the extent that even the tentative melodic phrases and halfheard rhythmic patterns which start to appear in track two assume a threatening aspect. Stylish and sumptuous, yes, but beware: with just three tracks in a patience-testing 74 minutes,this is strictly buff stuff for only the most monomaniacal minimalist" (The Wire, UK)

Following the way paved earlier by such legends as Illusion of Safety, Hafler Trio, PGR, using simultaneously the poles of mild guitar tones of industrial music - bright and light notwithstanding the nature, and rough severe ambient with absolutely heavy severe machine rhythmic scapes and guitar droning, obtruding possessions of the dark mind, Maeror Tri, harmonious and perfect, continued their study of influence of sound and its effect on the human perception, as a leading purpose of todays experimental music, formed by the leader of project Stefan Knappe in his manifesto "Archaic music" on the pages of american industrial magazine "Audio Drudge" in 1995: "last years nor one determination of any musical style did not dispense with the sector "industrial music" (sufficiently commercial and categorical now) or so called "noise-culture"... But where to refer a style, containing monotonous drones, gloomy thunderous peals of sounding, atmospheric relapses, repetitiveness, using "concrete" elements like the volcanic lava?.. In the cartridge clip with harmonious fragments and ambient sounding, there also possible some elements of so called death-industrial, and gothic and harsh-noise could be met "...

"If you are a newcomer to this: Maeror Tri produce music for the creative part of the brain. Hugh walls of droning sounds, processed guitar and gongs, never getting below the audible range (like other gong players sometimes did), drenched in a bath of effects. This music which similates you while working through your day. This music is like a drug: it will have a great impact on the mind. But in a much more positive way. Cherrisch the Maeror Tri's available. And don't be sad" (Frans de Waard, Vital # 99).

The last in discography of the quickly ascendant stars of industrial music became recorded in may 1996 live-sessions on dutch VPRO in the well-known program "De Avonden" (ex-"Grand Disco Classic"), released by Staalplaat in their "Mort Aux Vaches" series. Album carried a name "Hypnos/Trance" and as always in deep transformed reverberations, drowning in factory noises, mental spacelikeness, cascades of guitar droning "space rock" and shattering waves of progressing technology, this beautiful german trio showed as a possession the wholesome psychedelic suite in three parts, highly close by structure and sounding, as the most notorized trance repetitive music for dark mind. Guitar again, bouquets of tapes and samples, arsenal of hidden effects and prolongued rhythmic fluctuations...

[Igor Vaganov / Achtung Baby 1997]

Album Format Label & Cat. Number Description Year Price (incl. 19% VAT)  
Saltatrix (SOLD OUT) 7inch Drone Records DR-01 first vinyl-release by MAEROR TRI an the first Drone EP, came in hand-sprayed "wheel" covers 1993  
Meditamentum CD Manifold Records mancd044 re-release of the 2nd. M.T. CD from 1994, collecting favoured cassette material recorded 1989-1992... "a seamless, darkly grand proclamation of the wordless beauty and sorrow that was Maeror Tri" - comes in brown cardboard-envelope with embroidered cloth-banderole & re-print of original artwork & liner-notes by Lutz Schridde, a German philosoph now living in China; last copies back in stock from the now in-active label MANIFOLD Records 2005 €10.00
Multiple Personality Disorder CD Purplesoil PULSE ZERO: SIX finally an official re-issue of MAEROR TRIs debut album from 1993 (recorded 1991) ! Comes with beautiful new cover & new liner notes by FRANS DE WAARD & BARAKAH 2009 €13.00
Wheel. Collection of Rare & Lost 1988-1996 do-CD Waystyx Records WR39 the ultimate collection of rare & long lost compilation-tracks, spanning from 1988 (the very first 4-track recorded piece) to 1996, included are also four previously unreleased tracks that where made for compilations that never appeared; 2 CDs between two very special shaped cardstocks & hold together by a banderole, as fragile & rough as the music; lim & numbered ed. of 432 copies 2009 €19.50
Yearning for the Secret(s) of Nature CD EE Tapes EE13 second re-issue of the MC from 1993 (this time as "fabric-pressed" CD), remastered by ANDERS PETERSON (ex OBJEKT 4) with new great mandala-like 7" artwork from ALAN MC CLELLAND (silverprint on black cardboard), edition of 300 2009 €13.00
Hypnotikum I CD Nefryt N 018 re-issue of the LP from 1998 (Soleilmoon) - five long tracks created 1996 & 1997 based on loops used live in 1996; the mellow & harmonic side of HYPNOTIKUM. For the first time on CD, lim. & numbered ed 300, comes in nice oversized gatefold / cardboard cover 2010 €12.50
Hypnotikum II CD Nefryt N 019 re-issue of the LP from 2000 (Absurd / Poeta Negra) - four long tracks created 1996 & 1997 based on loops used live in 1996; the powerful & noisy side of HYPNOTIKUM. For the first time on CD, lim. & numbered ed 300, comes in nice oversized gatefold / cardboard cover 2010 €12.50
Mind-Reversal CD Infinite Fog IF-08 re-issue of this cassette-release from 1993 (Hithlahabuth Records), which was so far only re-issued as limited CDR and contains only BACKWARDS-sounds! Comes with bonus-track and in luxurious digibook-hardcover, and simply amazing new cover-artwork; lim. 270 copies 2011 €15.00
Emotional Engramm CD Zoharum ZOHAR 034-2 re-issue of MT's last (5th) CD with recordings made 1993-1996, released by IRIS LIGHT in 1997; showing their deeply droning spheric & harmonic side, mainly based on field recordings & guitar-sounds... unavailable for a long time, this lovely re-edition comes in a 6-panel digipack with excellent new artwork by MARCIN LOJEK... "...well, for God's sake, stop ... and stand and stare ... put your ear to the world, and listen to the song of the nightingale" [MARYTN BATES] 2012 €12.00
Mort Aux Vaches: Hypnos/Transe CD Raubbau RAUB-018 re-mastered re-issue of the fourth M.T. CD that came out 1997 in Staalpaats "Mort Aux Vaches"-series, with recordings made "live in the studio" in May 1995 at VPRO in Amsterdam with no overdubs; three movements of raw & contemplative power-ambience, symbolizing a 'different state of consciousness' = the expansion of the mind through sound; lim. 500 with new artwork by SALT (Ant-Zen) 2012 €13.00
Meditamentum (I & II) do-CD Zoharum ZOHAR 046-2 re-mastered re-issue of MEDITAMENTUM I and MEDITAMENTUM II - both were collections of favourite tracks from the MC-only releases (originally released 1994 & 1999); lim. 500 special oversized gatefold cover design, comes with 2 bonus-tracks and the original liner notes by LUTZ SCHRIDDE. May the Noise be with you! 2013 €18.00
Hypnobasia CD Zoharum ZOHAR 112-2 first ever CD re-issue of this early cassette from 1992, showing their more ritualistic & noisier side... now with three additional bonus tracks from rare compilations, + re-mastered by LUKASZ MIERNIK, lim. 350 copies 2016 €12.50
MYEIN CD Infinite Fog IF-56 21 years after its original release, here comes another re-issue of M.T.'s maybe most favoured and "classic" album, three epic tracks incl. the 47 min. long title track, all recorded on 4-track analogue machines in 1992/1993..."Its like an endless journey through forgotten catacombs that eventually leads to you own soul" [Bjrn Mascher]; deluxe "digi-book" design, edition of 300 copies 2016 €15.00
Sensuum Mendacia / Somnia CD Zoharum ZOHAR 113-2 re-issue of the third full length tape (C-45) from 1991, still regarded as one of their best releases by the group members; plus the five more lighter tracks from the split MC "Somnia et Expergisci" (1989!) with NOSTALGIE ETERNELLE (this material has never been re-issued before except one track); lim. 350 with new artwork, + careful re-mastering by LUKASZ MIERNIK 2016 €12.50
Archaic States CD Zoharum ZOHAR 163-2 first ever CD re-issue of this cassette from 1993 (M.T. ninth full-length tape), originally released on AUBE's labels G.R.O.S.S. in 1993; it contains with "Blowing Sounds from a Dome" an epic early track from 1989, using raw material from RUNZELSTIRN & GURGELSTOCK; +. one bonus-track not on the original tape; lim. 350 copies, all-remastered and with new cover design 2018 €13.00
Ultimate Time CD Zoharum ZOHAR 164-2 first ever CD re-issue of this rare cassette from 1994, containing recordings for compilations that were never published; some material is deeply otherworldly droning, some rather harsh; feat. one bonus track "Explosions of Silence" that was not on the original; lim. 350 copies, all material re-mastered and CD with new design 2018 €13.00
Venenum / Timeless Transcension CD / DVD Infinite Fog Productions IF-86 first full CD re-issue of MT's tape release from 1992 (Audiofile Tapes), plus a DVD with a re-stored version of the rare 1991 film "Timeless Transcension" VHS; lim. 300 hardcover digibook with excellent new design 2018 €22.00
The Singles CD EE Tapes EE42 special priced collection of all M.T vinyl. 7"es and one 10", recorded 1993-1996, re-issue as 6 panel digipak with new cover, 500 copies... "Traversing raw post-industrial noise and sublime guitar-generated dronescapes, this is essential stuff for fans of MAEROR TRI's dream-drift. and remains some of the best drone music ever made.." [Crucial Blast] 2020 €10.00