Ahead of the release of ‘The Others – Lustmord Deconstructed’, a compilation album of Lustmord tracks reinterpreted by some of the spearheads of the contemporary heavy music scene and beyond, post-metal outfit The Ocean have released their version of Lustmord’s ‘Primal [State of Being]’. Guitarist Robin Staps comments,
“While getting to know Brian (Lustmord) through the ‘Alter’ release with Karin Park, we started fantasising about a Lustmord boxset, and for a few weeks I dove deep into his immense back catalogue. His timeless, primordial soundscapes have always resonated deeply with me.
One night last spring I drank a bottle of Malbec and picked up my guitar while listening to ‘Primal’, and intuitively started painting Ocean motives on Lustmord canvas… it felt natural and as the morning came, this track was born. We called it the ‘Malbec’ (Brian appreciates good red wine as much as I do), and it was the origin of the idea to ask other artists from the contemporary heavy music community to reinterpret Lustmord tracks.”
Listen now: https://youtu.be/-ZCjgac7FnM
Released by Pelagic Records on 1st April, ‘The Others – Lustmord Deconstructed’ features:
ULVER, ENSLAVED, GODFLESH, ZOLA JESUS, BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE, STEVE VON TILL, IHSAHN, JAYE JAYLE, JO QUAIL, SPOTLIGHTS, KATATONIA’s JONAS RENKSE , ALEXANDER HACKE’s (EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN) new band HACKEDEPICIOTTO, as well as fellow Pelagic artists MONO, THE OCEAN, ÅRABROT and CROWN.
LUSTMORD is the artistic moniker of Brian Williams. Born in North Wales, he started his musical career in 1980 and soon became a pioneer in the early industrial music scene in the UK. He was a former member of SPK during arguably their most crucial era, and went on to work with THROBBING GRISTLE members Chris & Cosey as well as appearing on early albums by CURRENT 93, NURSE WITH WOUND and others. After relocating to Los Angeles in 1993, Williams worked on dozens of motion picture soundtracks including The Crow, Underworld and Paul Schrader’s First Reformed. Additionally he created several video game soundtracks, television scores and solo albums, as well as collaborating with artists as varied as THE MELVINS, CLOCK DVA, JARBOE, John Balance of COIL, Paul Haslinger (TANGERINE DREAM), PUSCIFER, Wes Borland and more, including Grammy Award- winners TOOL on their much acclaimed effort Fear Inoculum. To this day, Lustmord is actively recording and releasing music, his latest release being the collaborative album Alter with Karin Park of ÅRABROT, and he is considered to be the founding father of the dark ambient music genre.
‘The Others – Lustmord Deconstructed’ is not only a tribute and an excellent entry point into the discography of the founding father of dark ambient. It is also a celebration of the most accomplished visionaries in the underground music scene of today, and a manifestation of what binds them together. As Brian Williams a.k.a. Lustmord himself often put it in interviews: “Copying someone you like with the right equipment isn’t going to be the least bit interesting. What matters is that you have good ideas and interesting things to say.”
Pre-order now: https://pelagic-records.com
Listen to the Godflesh reinterpretation of ‘Ashen’: https://youtu.be/xF-w3MMa2Yg
Bohren and Der Club of Gore’s version of Plateau’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqLY5nt0AUQ
Ihsahn’s take on ‘‘Dark Awakening’ – https://youtu.be/TWcMWuAr-Eg
Steve Von Till’s cover of ’Testament’ = https://youtu.be/kPmjPzoSKAY
Zola Jesus – ‘Prime’ – https://youtu.be/II3jKe9xIRk