Via Dolorosa is the 5th album by Dark experimental weirdoes Mamaleek, the band’s second for The Flenser. The album is the darkest, most experimental and orchestrated of Mamaleek’s albums, incorporating black metal, psychedelica, and electronic music. Via Dolorosa is the first Mamaleek record featuring live drums (along with the electronic fair) and is the band’s most organic. It sounds like a psychedelic-infused night at the darkest jazz club gone as wrong as a child’s nightmare. It is harsh, frightening, and beautiful.
Mamaleek is comprised of two anonymous brothers from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band is musically divergent from San Francisco’s nihilistic history of black metal (Weakling, Leviathan), however the band still approach traditional lack metal topics such as sorrow, death and nihilism. Like past Mamaleek releases, the track titles on Via Dolorasa are shared with traditional Slave songs and music is banded together with a melodic middle-eastern aesthetic.
Statement from the band: “It is at once, a solicitation and renunciation of the genres that are blended together to create something other...Traditional music turned against itself, in treasonous alliance with the barbarians at the gate whom it once hoped to keep out. May the acoustic ruin here documented compel you to turn to your lord. You may take these songs to your judgement day as a protest against the filthy oil pumping in your veins.”
Bask in sorrow and reflect on your pitiful existence