act 302 · lustmord · purifying fire · cd
cd gatefold sleeve - heavy black cardboard with anthracite print plus silver
legendary sound artist lustmord (brian williams) creates the sound that gave birth too and epitomizes the genre known as dark ambient. williams began working under that name in 1980, and since then his dark sound sculptures have been highly influential not only in music genres such as ambient and industrial, but also in film and games.
lustmord's sound investigations are exquisitely crafted manifestations of horror that balance sublime sound references with the body's natural queasiness about ultra-low frequencies. lustmord has previously extracted the eeriness from field recordings made in crypts, caves, and slaughterhouses, and combined it with sonic incantations and the haunting wail of tibetan horns. his seamless treatments of acoustic phenomena encased in digitally expanded bass rumbles have the quality of nightmares from the the blackest abyss.
purifying fire is a highly anticipated collection of rare and unreleased tracks. covering the years between 1995 and 1998, it includes tracks previously given to a diverse range of labels, including plug research, side effects, cold spring and dry lungs. this compilation documents a portion of the history of this legendary project and its ongoing development. full of echoes, deep dark droning tones, noise and sounds which weave and spiral in and out of caverns and voids, this music breathes and broods - culminating in an organic tapestry of natural sounds and electronic combined. this can be music to disappear into, and although it is disturbing and dark, it also contains sheer beauty.
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