With the pulse of Liverpool’s music scene coursing through its veins, MAIRU has birthed their debut album ‘Sol Cultus‘, a piece of art that’s as ambitious as it is immersive. The post-sludge-metallers from the UK have sculpted a work that’s been four years in the making, a testament to their enduring vision and tenacity.
“[Mairu] somehow coalesce with vast atmospheres and spruces of psychedelia to create transcendent soundscapes that are simultaneously devastating and empowering.” ~ Astral Noize
The opening track, ‘Torch Bearer‘, serves as a fitting prelude, setting the stage for what’s to come. With the formidable layering of enormous sludge riffs and post-metal dynamics, the listener is drawn into the eclectic sea of this sonic journey. MAIRU’s prowess lies in their ability to weave together a rich tapestry of diverse musical elements; harmonised funeral doom riffs, shimmering shoegaze guitars, and atmospheric synth textures, all set against the rhythmic beat of pounding drums.
The tracks from ‘Sol Cultus‘ are largely instrumental, with vocals serving as an additional layer of texture rather than taking centre stage. The reinterpretation of MAIRU’s 2019 single ‘Wild Darkened Eyes’ stands as a resounding testimony to the band’s evolution, a centerpiece in their ambitious album.
‘Sol Cultus‘, which translates to “sun worship”, is more than just a nod to the sun that breathes life into our world. It’s an allegory for the band’s enduring passion for their craft, a testament to the years they spent honing their sound, keeping the flame of their artistry alive. It’s a reflection of their unwavering dedication and tireless pursuit of their vision.
“Mairu have an air of modesty about them; they stand without any pretension or gimmicks and bring their glowing audience to awestruck appreciation.” ~ Rockflesh
The creation of ‘Sol Cultus’ spanned the chaos of a global pandemic, marking both an ending and a new beginning. This journey from Southport’s now-dormant Vagrant Studios to the freshly minted Arch studio – a converted disused church, epitomizes the band’s resilience. Under the watchful eye of producer, engineer, and guest performer Tom Dring (of Corrupt Moral Altar fame), the album is a testament to the power of perseverance and artistic progression.
The release of ‘Sol Cultus‘ promises a radiant beacon amidst a world marked by turmoil. It is an audacious record that might pose a challenge to the casual listener. However, those who commit to this sonic pilgrimage are rewarded with an embodiment of radiance and warmth, a journey through a world of darkness and menace that ultimately finds triumph.
“We feel that each song stands alone as an example of the most impressive material we have to offer; but the intent is to savour it as an album experience, from start to finish.” ~ MAIRU
‘Sol Cultus‘ is set to be released on July 28th, 2023, through the leftfield metal and drone label, Trepanation Recordings.
For fans of Cult of Luna, Tool, The Ocean, Bossk, and Hundred Year Old Man, this album promises an exhilarating exploration of post-sludge-metal, a testament to the raw and vibrant energy of MAIRU.
A journey four years in the making, it is a well-crafted labour of love that stands as a potent testament to the resilient spirit of MAIRU and the burning flame of their artistic passion.