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Heresy

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From the deepest vault at Soleilmoon, a much loved but long unavailable classic has been remastered, repackaged and re-issued. "Heresy", the album that launched and defined the dark ambient genre when it was first released in 1990, has been hailed by critics and fans as one of the most important works of its time. "Heresy" was recorded in various subterranean locations and manipulated in the studio with Andrew Lagowski (Legion, SETI, Lagowski, etc) providing engineering and additional programming. It was the first Lustmord album to feature extensive sampling and computer assisted sound design. Recent improvements in sound technology permitted Lustmord to re-master and significantly improve on the original recordings for this new version, which comes in a digipak and even bears a new catalog number. Brian Williams, the man behind Lustmord, currently works as a sound designer in Hollywood. His most recognizable musical contributions to soundtracks can be heard on "The Crow" and "Underworld", but he has contributed his talents to numerous films and computer games. His resume includes musical collaborations with The Melvins, Tool, Chris & Cosey, Coil, Paul Haslinger (Tangerine Dream), SPK, Robert Rich, Current 93 and Nurse with Wound. He has done remixes for Jarboe (Swans), Venetian Snares and Mortiis. From 1985 until 1999 he ran Side Effects Records, the label launched by SPK, releasing more than 30 albums. As Lustmord he has released 10 albums and singles, as well as additional works as Arecibo, Terror Against Terror and Isolrubin BK, all of which were conceived as means to explore different musical directions. "Heresy" stands as Lustmord's signature work, and this new edition shows even more why it's been a best seller for such a long time.

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Brian Williams has been operating as Lustmord for more than 20 years now, churning out an impressive number of albums, all of which have been classified, for want of a better term, "dark ambient." Not that it's an inappropriate term for what Williams does, creating rhythm-free soundscapes that evoke an oppressive atmosphere of loneliness, desolation and dread. Soleilmoon Though his work is understandably lumped in with his industrial cohorts SPK and Scorn, it actually has a lot more in common with the spacescapes of Tangerine Dream or the pioneering ambient work of Popol Vuh. Brian Williams is a consummate engineer and producer as well, and throughout his career has taken advantage of the latest technology to increase the presence and richness of his uniquely textural audio environments. 1990's Heresy was a definite high point in a career of high points for Lustmord, and Soleilmoon has just reissued the album in a nice digipack with a new re-master overseen by Williams himself. Heresy is an hour-long mind trip into massive, cavernous expanses of subterranean rock, into dark recesses filled with a sense of slow, abiding dread. Broken into six pieces each more consuming than the next, Heresy has a narrative arc from beginning to end, as Williams penetrates deeper and deeper chambers of bedrock, coming closer to the bubbling magma and frozen expanses of wasteland at the center of a dying star. Buried beneath the yawning industrial maw of these turgid reverberations and time-stretched, strangled screams are disquieting audio details: a convocation of monstrous Lovecraftian entities devouring the flesh of a corpse and releasing ancient, foul belches into the cold, stagnant air; the deep, bellowing laugh of a murderous tyrant standing victorious over the bones of his enemies; a muffled cry of terror from the center of an immense electrical storm. --Jonathan Dean, Brainwashed.com

This album was created from sound recordings made in many fear inspiring places, such as tombs, abandoned mine shafts, dark cellars and catacombs, together with material that has a seismological or volcanic origin. It makes a sublimely impressive hour of listening from a master of the art of the recording process; a metaphor for death, destruction, heresy, hell - nothing less than a soundtrack for Judgement Day, when Satan overthrows world order! Much time has been spent on sound production. If the listener permits himself or herself to wear headphones, they will be struck by the direction some of the sounds and synthesizer noises come from (something in common with Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut"), and I hope that the audiophile enthusiast will be rewarded with a Dolby Surround 5.1 CD in the future. With respect to the original year of 1990, I can draw the conclusion that Lustmord was far ahead of his time. He created a work completely opposite to everything the ambient genre then stood for - serenity, meditation and rest! "Heresy" is a masterwork! --Michel Scheijen - e-ditionmagazine.com

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  • Audio CD (September 19, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Soleilmoon
  • ASIN: B0007SME5O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,771 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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