Los Angeles, USAThe alias of Welsh-born, California-based Brian Williams, Lustmord first emerged as an associate of SPK in the early ‘80s, before embarking on a solo career that has yielded such classics as Heresy (1990), The Place Where The Black Stars Hang (1994) and (with Robert Rich) Stalker (1995). Often seen to epitomize “dark ambient”, it would be more accurate to say that his work simply goes deeper, further, than conventional ambient dares, or is able, to go.
His last major work was 2008’s [Other], which gave rise to two companion albums, [Beyond] and [The Dark Places Of The Earth], and for the past two years he has been engaged with TRINITY, a live project inspired by the first nuclear weapons tests in the New Mexico desert. Lustmord has also contributed to numerous Hollywood films as music and sound designer, and over the past 30 years has collaborated with the likes of Clock DVA, Chris & Cosey, Geir Jenssen, The Melvins, Tool, Aaron Turner, Monte Cazazza and Coil’s Jhon Balance.
The Word As Power was released by Blackest Ever Black in June 2013 on 2xLP and CD formats. Half a decade in the making, it’s an exploration of ritual music without dogma. For the first time in his 33-year career Lustmord places vocals at the centre of his abyssal ambient creations, coaxing incantatory performances out of Aina Skinnes Olsen, Jarboe (ex-Swans), Maynard James Keenan (Tool) and Soriah.