Lustmord – Much Unseen Is Also Here

Label: Pelagic (2024) Out 15-03-2024
Dark ambient pioneer, Stygian drone legend and near-mythical entity LUSTMORD pierces the veil once more with his latest, solo full-length release in a formidable, 40-year creative career at the forefront of industrial music.


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Dark ambient pioneer, Stygian drone legend and near-mythical entity LUSTMORD pierces the veil once more with his latest, solo full-length release in a formidable, 40-year creative career at the forefront of industrial music.
Urged by Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle to make music that captured his distinctive aura, Brian Williams assumed the mantle of Lustmord in 1980 and began wor-king with sound because the music he wanted to listen to simply didn’t exist. Nine years of field-recording experimentation and near-constant collaboration later, Lustmord released his third album, ‘Heresy’, which became a milestone in the industrial scene and is now uni-versally regarded as the origin of the dark ambient genre.
35 years later, ‘Much Unseen Is Also Here’ continues the legacy established by ‘Heresy’ and choes its enthralling narrative arc. Sequenced in three distinct parts; ‘Much unseen…’ is meant to be listened to in a single, uninterrupted sitting; transporting listeners away to an uncompro-mising parallel world that only exists within the music, before casting them back out at the end, forever changed.
Opening piece, ‘Behold a Voice as Thunder’, is an ominous droning fog that conceals something unspeakable. Glacial strings, a zither-like dirge and manipulated found sounds are cut short by a gargantuan pounding presence, whether looming footsteps or a colossal heartbeat; the choice is left entirely to the listener’s imagination. Elsewhere, ‘Their Souls asunder’ appears centred on a chorus of voices; a vital glimpse of humanity. However, as the piece continues, these voices wane, wither and warp until we’re left with something akin to the cries of a wounded animal, which begs the question: ‘were the voices we followed blindly into the darkness ever human at all?’
This sense of uncertainty and the terrifying unknown is an important and recurring theme within Lustmord’s work; “I chose to let the sound talk for me” says Brian. “My music is not meant to be explained – only listened to as a means of exposing the sheer insignificance of our primitive thoughts and actions within the vast scale of the cosmos – a scale which we as a species are ill equipped to comprehend.”
It should come as no surprise by now that the captivating narrative precedent of ‘Heresy’ was also the catalyst for an incredible career in production work and sound design. Alongside a plethora of solo albums at Lustmord, Williams has worked with artists and outfits including Tool, Isis, Jarboe, Coil’s John Balance, SWANS, Mortiis and Melvins; with his most recent release, 2021’s ‘ALTER’, being a collaborative record with award-winning singer-songwriter and Årabrot member, Karin Park.
Based in L.A. since 1994, Lustmord has also contributed as composer and sound designer to the music for iconic film and television properties including ‘The Crow’, ‘Strange Days’, ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’, ‘Underworld’… Still determined to push at the boundaries of sound, genre and media; Lustmord has also contributed to the soundscapes of video games such as Assassin’s Creed, League of Legends and H.R. Giger-inspired, survival-horror game, Scorn.

Tracks:
A1 Behold a Voice as Thunder
A2 Entrails of the God Machine
A3 An Angel Dissected
A4 A Shadow cast upon the Deep
B1 Invocation of the nameless One
B2 Their Souls asunder
B3 Hence shall they be devoured All of Them
B4 Other Woes are yet to come

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CD Digipack, Double-vinyl

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