US progressive doom metal solo project Illuminated Void released the third full-length album »Veriditas« via Altrusian Grace Media
Milwaukee, Wisconsin based progressive doom metal solo project Illuminated Void by Matt Schmitz (Sleestak, ex-The Hippie Revolt) has just released the third full-length album »Veriditas« on March 20th, 2023 via Altrusian Grace Media.
01. The Maze Of Sleep
02. Virgo Lucifera
03. The Narrow Gate
04. God Is An All-Consuming Fire
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.
Every download of this album includes a 50-page PDF booklet of art and lyrics.
All songs written and recorded by Matt Schmitz at House Of The Rising Sun Studio, Hartford, WI.
Mixed and Mastered by Matt Schmitz.
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well