Release Date: 3/20/2023
FFO: Paradise Lost, Cathedral, Anathema
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Illuminated Void began as a dark ambient project fronted by Matt Schmitz (of stoner doom band Sleestak) and released their first self-titled album in late 2021, quickly followed by a second album in early 2022 entitled The Vesper Serpent. These albums incorporated haunting dream-like soundscapes with subtle hints of psychedelia and neoclassical traits and thematically revolved around alchemy, esotericism, and occultism. By mid-2022 the band was writing material for a third album as well as undergoing a massive shift in the overall creative direction - one that embraced the heavier side of music and paying homage not only to the influences of earlier works by bands such as Cathedral, Paradise Lost, and Anathema, but also the sounds of Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, and others. This melting pot of sounds allowed the forging of a new and unique style that still shone with the original dark ambient textures of the first two albums and yet elevated Illuminated Void to new sonic possibilities. The result is Veriditas - an esoteric listening experience wrought with dynamic twists and turns that invites the listener to go within themselves and their subconscious mind.
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