Pillorian are an act with an impeccable pedigree: formed in 2016m the band combines the talents of Stephen Parker (Maestus, Arkhum), John Haughm (Agalloch), and Trevor Matthews (Uada, Infernus). However, the band, whose debut album Obsidian Arc comes out on Eisenwald Records on March 10th, is very much its own entity, without musical precedent. Its goal from the outset has been to create a unique, sinister, and twisted style of dark/black metal, fusing together elements of folk, noise and the avant-garde.
Pillorian literally means “…of scorn and condemnation” and the band is the perfect embodiment of its name.
Obsidian Arc is a monolith, dark and massive and inscrutable. Even the title allows many paths for interpretation: a blackened, brittle object hardened by age, a crescent of live electricity, or the power of the arcane whose effects continue to resonate. That mystery and the space it creates for exploration through sound forms the thread for the conceptual cord that binds the album together.
The core of Parker, Haughm and Matthews are joined on one track by Alison Chesley of Helen Money and was engineered by Parker and Tad Doyle (of Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth and TAD).