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In a way similar to Zoviet France, they used only live instruments to produce music with enormous amount of effects applied. They disbanded in the late 1990s after releasing a number of limited-edition records. They released music on labels such as Old Europa Cafe, Ant-Zen, Staalplaat, and Soleilmoon.
German band Maeror Tri was founded in April 1988 by Stefan Knappe. The group consisted of three members who only used electric guitars and tons of processing devices to create their droning soundscapes. Their music borrowed elements from Industrial, Avantgarde, Minimalism and New Age meditation to reach a new form of transcendentalism.
Very little is known about their origins, even the identity of the band’s members remains vague, except for Stefan Knappe, the group's spokesperson and also owner of the label Drone Records. Nevertheless it is for sure that all three members origin from the city Leer in northern Germany and know each other since their time in school.
The name they chose is probably an incorrect Latin expression that may be better translated as "The Mourning Three" or "The Grieving Three".
"Dedicated To A New Dawn", their first cassette, was self-released on their own Baracken Records in 1988, soon followed by many more cassette works on labels like ZNS, Tonspur and Audiofile, and a lot of compilations appearances.
In 1993 Korm Plastics (a label ran by Frans de Waard) released the very first "overground" Maeror Tri album "Multiple Personality Disorder" a concept CD divided in four long parts recorded back in 1991 that fully showcase their mastery in distorting and layering guitar sounds. It was soon followed by "Meditamentum", a collection of selected tape tracks recorded from 1988 to 1993.
"Myein", a monumental work recorded between 1992 and 1993, was released on americal label ND in 1995. This work presented three long tracks that well exemplify some of the aspects of their art: the gothic droning of "Phlogiston", the ambient-electronica of "Desiderium", and the cosmic doodling of the 47 minutes long title track.
"Language of Flames and Sound", released on Italian label Old Europa Cafe in 1996, continued to chronicle the group's evolution into more abstract domains.
In late 1996, as the group was about to break into the growing experimental electronica scene, one member of the band, Helge Siehl, decided to quit, leaving Knappe and his other partner to continue as the duo Troum.
"Mort aux Vaches", a symphony in three movements and the group's installment in Staalplaat's series of experimental electronica, and "Emotional Engramm" (on Iris Light), probably their most accessible recording, were both released posthumous in 1997.
Archive material has continued to surface over the years after the group ceased to exist: a second volume of "Meditamentum", released on Manifold in 1999, salvaged more material from the early years limited edition cassettes, while the "Hypnotikum I" and "Hypnotikum II" LPs are valid examples of the group's live attitude.
Discography - LPs/EPs/singles
|1988||Dedicated To A New Dawn||MC (C-60)||Baracken Records||Private release|
|1988||Perception Kills||MC (C-60)||Baracken Records||Private release|
|1989||Peak Experience||MC (C-60)||Harsh Reality Music|
|1990||Peak Experience||MC (C-60)||Bestattunginstitut||Two tracks differ from prior version|
|1990||Somnia Et Expergisci||MC (C-60)||IRRE Tapes||split with Nostalgie Eternelle|
|1990||Ambient Dreams||MC (C-60)||ZNS Tapes|
|1991||Fragilitas||MC||Drone Records||only private presents were made|
|1991||Sensuum Mendacia||MC (C-45)||Direction Music|
|1991||Subliminal Forces||MC (C-60)||Tonspur Tapes|
|1992||Hypnobasia||MC (C-45)||Old Europa Cafe|
|1992||Venenum||MC (C-60)||Audiofile Tape|
|1992||Timeless Transcension||Video (VHS)|
|1993||Multiple Personality Disorder||CD||Korm Plastics|
|1993||Yearning For The Secret(s) Of Nature||MC (C-77)||Fools Paradise|
|1993||Mind Reversal||MC (C-60)||Hithlahabuth|
|1993||Archaic States||MC (C-60)||G.R.O.S.S.|
|1994||Ultimate Time||MC (C-60)||Old Europa Cafe|
|1994||Meditamentum||CD||Holonom HOL01, edition of 500 numbered copies||The only release of this label ran by Robert Osten, later continued as RAUM 312 and now EDITION AURINIA|
|1996||The Beauty Of Sadness||MC (C-70)||Direction Music|
|1996||Language Of Flames And Sound||CD||Old Europa Cafe|
|1997||Mort Aux Vaches||CD||Staalplaat|
|1997||Emotional Engramm||CD||Iris Light|
|1998||Simulationswelten||7"||Rendezvous Radikal||Together with Telepherique|
|1999||Meditamentum II||CD||Manifold Records|
|1999||Hypnotikum II||LP||Poeta Negra/Absurd|
|2000||Forazeihan/Broken Books and Wings||Pic-7"||The Disaster Area||Split with Crawl Unit|
|2001||Yearning For The Secret Of Nature||CD-R||EE Tapes||Reissue|
|2005||Hypnobasia/Ultimate Time||2CD||Old Europa Cafe||Reissue|
|2005||Peak Experience||CD-R||Blade Records/AFE||Reissue|
|2005||Sensuum Mendacia||CD-R||L White Records||Reissue|
|2005||The Beauty Of Sadness||CD||Tantric Harmonies||Reissue|
|2010||The A.V.E. - Tapes / Live in Nevers||CD||Zhelezobeton||Live recordings|
Discography - Compilation appearances
|Year||Track title||Appears on/Compilation name||Format||Label|
|1989||Wheel||The Final Compilation||MC (C-60)||De Koude Oorlog|
|1989||The Last Perception||Tape Rebel 9||MC (C-30)||Weed Music|
|1990||Growing Rotation||Detonator||MC (C-60)||Bestattungsinstitut|
|1990||Ecstatic Singing||Non-Nuclear War||MC (C-60)||ZNS Tapes|
|1990||Cursed Colours||A Tender Tension||MC (C-60)||Pharaoh Chronium Sounds|
|1990||Chirping||Crime On Family Bombed Mother And Son||2MC (C-90)||Black Death|
|1990||Endless Space||Three Into One Vol. 7||MC (C-60)||Clockwork Tapes|
|1990||Secret Ways Of A Pyramid||Three Into One Vol. 7||MC (C-60)||Clockwork Tapes|
|1990||Tranquilizer||Three Into One Vol. 7||MC (C-60)||Clockwork Tapes|
|1990||This Is Heaven||Three Into One Vol. 7||MC (C-60)||Clockwork Tapes|
|1991||Choir Of Transcendence||Devastating Templaric Sounds||MC (C-60)|
|1991||The Seven Signals||It's Time||MC (C-60)||Black Death|
|1991||Tremor||Paradoxical Paralysis||MC (C-60)||Bestattungsinstitut|
|1991||Arcana||Double-Mind||MC (C-60)||Tears Compilations|
|1991||From Where Comes This Fear?||Double-Mind||MC (C-60)||Tears Compilations|
|1991||Ankh||Double-Mind||MC (C-60)||Tears Compilations|
|1991||Prior||Magnetic Fields||MC (C-60)||SPH|
|1991||Love In A Vacuum||Magnetic Fields||MC (C-60)||SPH|
|1991||Omnium||Magnetic Fields||MC (C-60)||SPH|
|1991||Searcher||Ninians Night Elves||MC (C-90)||Love Is The Reason Why|
|1991||Ab Inferis||Motop 2||CD||If Records|
|1992||Amygdalae||A New Kind Of Torment||MC (C-60)||Linea Taktika|
|1992||Ingenium||Behind Mysterious Gates||MC (C-60)||No Control Torture|
|1992||Lacus Mortis||Allianz||MC (C-60)||Pallentin|
|1992||Entropy's Child In A Thoughtful Mood||Keine Einzelgänger||MC (C-90)||Cat-Killer|
|1992||Exiltas||Neue Muster Vol 8&9||2MC (C-40)||Tonspur|
|1992||A Storm Of Sparks||Metallverarbeitende Industrie||MC (C-45)||Bestattungsinstitut|
|1992||Ardor||Behind Mysterious Gates||CD||No Control Torture|
|1993||Inner Lightning||Nightporters Vol.2||MC||Jeremy Bamber Tapes|
|1993||Droning Souls||Macrocephalous Compost||Video (VHS)||Old Europa Cafe|
|1994||The Glowing Of Night||Vexatio Cerebri||MC (C-60)||Contaminated Productions|
|1994||Philemon||Bad Alchemy #23||MC||tape-magazine|
|1994||Suavitas||Outbreakers II||CD||Ebu's Music|
|1994||Subliminal Conversation||Atmosphere & Empathy||MC (C-60)||Ebu's Music|
|1994||The Reckoning Space||Notre-Dame Vol.7||MC (C-60)||EE-Tapes|
|1994||Searcher (Fragment)||Real Underground Vol.1&2||MC (C-90/60)||Progressive Entertainment|
|1994||Searcher (Fragment)||Auf Abwegen #16||MC||tape-magazine|
|1994||Spiritual Emanations||Auf Abwegen #16||MC||tape-magazine|
|1994||The Beginning Of The Unmeasured||Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy||CD||Fools Paradise|
|1994||Immersion In Emotion||From The Hills Of Dream||Video/MC||Direction Music|
|1995||Fragilitas||L'Ordre Et Le Chaos||CD||Actus Dei|
|1995||Inner Spheres Deceasing||Invisible Domains||CD||Malignant Records|
|1995||Neophobia||Pathological Resonance||MC (C-60)||Anomalous Records|
|1996||The Anaesthetise||Slumbermusic||CD||Universal Egg Records|
|1997||Terraformen 1||Rйgйnйration - Dйgйnйrescence||2CD||Cynistrose|
Some Maeror Tri material is available for free download.
ZNS Tapes, long defunct tape label from Germany is offering catalogue of all music released by the label during its existence from 1987 to 1993. Some of the offered works include "Ambient Dreams" by Maeror Tri and a compilation called "Non-Nuclear War" to which Maeror Tri contributed track called "Ecstatic Singing". Link
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