The Monstrous Soul

The Monstrous Soul

(3 customer reviews)


Last updated on 24 - 06 01:34 Details
SKU: EA48B721 Category:

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37.8 x 33 x 2.4 cm, 466.35 Grams


Burning World (Cargo Records)


Burning World (Cargo Records)

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3 reviews for The Monstrous Soul

  1. modd

    se non sei appassionato del genere, lascia perdere. se lo sei devi averlo

  2. Steven MĂŒller

    Brian Lustmord ist sowas wie der Gottvater des Dark Ambient Genres. Da diese Art von Sound (leider) nicht unbedingt den gleichen Bekanntheitsgrad wie Rock, Metal oder Hip Hop hat, eine kurze Anmerkung zur Orientierung in welche Richtung das Ganze ĂŒberhaupt geht: Tieffrequentes Dröhnen mit gelegentlichen Poch- und/oder KlopfgerĂ€uschen, vereinzelten Stimmen, Feld-Aufnahmen aus unterirdischen Stollen, GrĂŒften u.Ă€. – also so ziemlich genau das, was maximal weit entfernt von gĂ€ngigen Musikvorstellungen ist 😉
    Wenn genau das das ist, wonach man schon immer gesucht hat, sind die Alben ‘Heresy’, ‘The Place Where The Black Stars Hang’, ‘Purifing Fire’ (eine Art Best Of) und ‘The Monstrous Soul’ uneingeschrĂ€nkt zu empfehlen. Die Perfekte Musik zu TrĂ€umen , SChlafen oder einfach mur zum Dahin siechen.
    Mein Tipp Kaufen !

  3. batman144

    If `Heresy’ is a tormented journey through Hell, then `Monstrous Soul’ is its re-interpretation. While `Heresy’ was an almost literal journey with its Dante-esque soundscapes, `Monstrous Soul’ takes a more surreal path, where we first conjure the dark realm, then step inside it. Starting with this release, Lustmord left behind the idea of recreating a literal Hell. While still hellish in a general sense, he is seemingly instead trying to put us into a more surreal, almost sci-fi realm. This new place, while still very dark, is much more introspective. At least, he takes a step in that direction; this notion is more fully realized in his next full-length work, `The Place Where The Black Stars Hang.’ Were it not for the electronic sound he began using here, and would continue to use to greater extent with each successive release, much of the esoteric, sci-fi feel would be gone. Being more electronic in sound, `Soul’ seems to be a somewhat less direct experience. While the atmospherics are very similar to `Heresy,’ Lustmord seems more preoccupied with demons this time around, even to the extent of having voices comment on the nature of Demonology, demons about to attack, and even what sounds like a clip from a staged exorcism — some of which is buried underneath the sonic landscapes.

    Yet, the demonic themes themselves seem to be only surface content to the idea Lustmord is really presenting to us with this release: existentialism. Both in the liner notes and in spoken word during the tracks, the central theme is of dreams and reality being one, an equivocation between imagination and actuality, the opposites somehow co-existing on some far off, hidden plane. In fact, this theme preoccupies much of his work immediately following `Soul’ and goes hand-in-hand with his more electronic, abstract, sci-fi sound. All the philosophizing is probably too heady and obscure to be of any concern to anyone but Lustmord himself. The real draw here is the atmospherics.

    `Monstrous Soul’ is a strong work that I would, in fact, rank second only to `Heresy.’ While I do not share Lustmord’s fascination with evil, I do share his passion for dark ambient minimalism. If you do as well, Lustmord is hard, maybe even impossible, to beat.

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