Friday, October 16, 2009

Lustmord and the Church of Satan

With Halloween almost upon us you'll be requiring some scary music for the occasion. Step out of the shadows Welsh prince of musical darkess, Brian Williams, aka Lustmord.

The Lustmord project began way back in 1980. Basically it consists of Williams recording dark, experimental, soundscapes, then allowing his listeners to interpret them as they please. These interpretations are often of the morbid variety as a quick scan of his internet fanbase soon demonstrates.

But Williams is no po-faced artist. Early on in his career he acquired a degree of notoriety for turning up at other people's gigs, sneaking onstage and performing, until security would get wind of what he was up to and eject him.

It was only a matter of time (1982) before he began working with noise terrorists SPK. His second Lustmord album, Paradise Disowned (1984), featured sounds recorded at his local abattoir in Bangor. His breakthrough album was Heresy (1990) which is now regarded as a milestone in the 'dark ambient' musical genre. At some point in the mid-nineties Brian upped sticks and moved to LA where he continues to work on soundtracks for movies (The Crow, Underworld etc) and various TV programmes.

Down the years the Welsh-speaker has worked on a wide variety of musical projects and has collaborated with such left-field luminaries as Robert Rich, Jarboe, Clock DVA, The Melvins and John Balance of Coil. My personal favourite Lustmord collaboration, however, was his link-up with the Church of Satan.

On 06/06/06 Brian played live for the first time in 25 years when he performed at the Church of Satan's historic first ever public Black Mass. What a gig! Even in LaLa land the ceremony raised a few eyebrows. A limited edition album, Rising, was released to celebrate the event. You can hear a track from it here.

Be sure to investigate Lustmord's other work on YouTube/Spotify - it is genuinely impressive stuff. And remember to play it very loudly when those pesky trick or treaters come knocking at your door.