Stephen Parker – Guitar & Vocals
Kenneth Parker – Bass & Vocals
Sarah Beaulieu – Keyboards & Piano
Cordell Cline – Drums
Nathanael Kelley – Guitar
2. Black Oake
3. The Impotence of Hope
4. Knell of Solemnity
Maestus emerged from the Pacific Northwest with its forlorn black doom in 2013 and self-released their debut full-length, Voir Dire, two years later. In the spring of 2018, the band got signed with code666/Aural Music and reconvened to record their sophomore album Deliquesce in Eugene, Oregon.
What we have here are four very long tracks that are musically very interesting. Lots of soft, gentle moments, a heaviness that is crushing and at times, dual vocalists that both use their style of own cookie monster vocals. If this was an all-instrumental album, I would have given it a higher mark, but those vocals just kill everything enjoyable about the album to me. The band does show a lot of musical talent and if they ever do go instrumental, I would love to hear the album, but nope, not this. I did hear a very limited bit of clean singing on “The Impotence of Hope,” but it just wasn’t enough for me.
If this is your kind of poison, drink up, but I think that I will pass and go for another round with something less bitter.