25.10.09

MaëRor Tri 'Myein' (Waystyx Records, 2005 Reissue)


I've met a fair number of Germans in my life mostly through chance encounters while visiting annual vacation spots or when traveling abroad, and in my experience I have never met a shitty one. In fact, whenever I meet a new German person I either end up dating them (just kidding Lucy, honey) or partying with them for a week. Maeror Tri, consisting of the lads pictured above are three Germans that I would have loved to hang out with, because after long sleepless weekends of pub crawls and partying, instead of retiring back into the mundane 9-5 life waiting for the next weekend to emerge, come Monday we would gather in our cramped yet comfortable jam space to pay homage to the drone Gods with nothing but effect soaked guitars and a unified understanding of the transcendental qualities of our particular brand of music.

Formed in 1988 and influenced by the right side of the brain, Maeror Tri, the trio of Stefan Knappe, Martin Git and Helge Siehl emerged from the shadowy corners of Leer, Germany. Quickly establishing themselves as a band worth knowing about, Maeror Tri began to produce a specific yet completely pure form of guitar music, their craft blossoming from the dark atmospheres of their effect laden strings and adolescent creativity. After nearly a decade, Helge left the band to form Tausendschoen while Stefan and Martin started the untouchable Troum in 1997. Stefan also went on to establish Drone records, a label almost entirely dedicated to limited run 7"'s from some of the world's best.



Myein, originally released in a triangle shaped sleeve (pictured above) on N D records in a run of 1000 copies, got a proper reissue in 2005 on Waystyx, and with good reason, as this is quite universally accepted as one of, if not the most seminal release by the German trio produced in their eight years of existence. Just listen to the opener Phlogiston, with it's slow building guitar plod and fuzzy interference. The track manages to be super heavy yet gauzy at the same time while maintaining a climactic incline that is such a golden example of the band's structurally improvised purity. The static blast at around the 14 minute mark is worth the price of admission alone, and it doesn't even end there.



It's Desiderium, the 10 minute slow burner that's the highlight for me. It opens with what almost sounds like drenched organ tones but is soon overtaken by a reverberated guitar wash, reminiscent of Mcguire's work in the more recent Emeralds' albums. Then a voice, or maybe it's more guitar that comes in adding to the now lushly unraveling soundscape. The 47 minute! title track closes out the album, commencing with a densely distorted ocean of fuzz. Just as quickly as it fills the air it dissipates with one motion of a leg bringing a foot down atop a distortion pedal, leaving behind an unfathomably long comets tail worth of endless space and time in the form of simplified elongated guitar drones left to float aimlessly in a blackened unforgiving Universe. This album helped pave the road towards a tonal movement that has been steadily gaining steam in many underground music societies across the globe. Totally essential and limited to 675 copies.

Listen to Phlogiston


Listen to Desiderium


Also, you can stream the entire album Ambient Dreams, one of the first Maeror Tri cassettes released on ZNS Tapes in 1990 here. (content: fulltime tapes, 4th one down) Raw.



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