1. The Ardour of Autumn (Part 1)
2. The Ardour of Autumn (Part 2)
3. Welcome Winter (Part 1)
4. Welcome Winter (Part 2)
Lustre are an ambient black metal band on the Morrowless Music label. Their first of two compilation albums, ‘Another Time, Another Place (Chapter One)’ was released on 29th March and consists of the never before released 2013 EP ‘The Ardour of Autumn’ and the highly praised 2009 EP ‘Welcome Winter’. The tracks were selected to represent the changes of seasons from Autumn to Winter, and even though there are just four of them, the anthology lasts a good 40 minutes.
It kind of sounds like relatively early, cheap keyboard produced, ambient Burzum stuff. The Norwegian black metal band’s track ‘Rundtgaing av den transcendentale egenhetens stotte’ springs to mind, Lustre have just added screams and distorted guitars. The production is neither harsh and ultra lo-fi, neither is it over-produced. It’s somewhere in-between and consequently lacks character, it could be said. It also sounds somewhat amateurish. It sounds like the everyday stuff people who are vaguely familiar with music programs such as Logic produce.
Like with Burzum, the ideas on Another Time get repeated A LOT and are clearly intended to be hypnotic. They are often a bit dull, but when two keyboard melodies play in counterpoint with each other, particularly in the song ‘Welcome Winter (Part 1)’, one could quite happily listen to the material for extended periods of time. It would have helped the music if the chord progressions were more interesting more often. Sometimes they work, again Welcome Winter’s backbone is strong, but when boring harmony gets combined with uncreative melodies, something is wrong. The album’s theme of weather changing can be compared black metallers Drudkh’s ideas, but it is far from the same quality because of the reasons just given.
In conclusion, if you like underground stuff that is far from mainstream, this album may be for you. However, Burzum has a stronger knack for composing surprisingly good, catchy and classic music as brainless as it may sometimes seem. To be fair, Burzum is similarly hit and miss too, just not quite so much. Burz’ also features far more variety which you may expect to get from an artist with such a deep musical vision based on transformation. Lustre’s stuff isn’t too bad, but it could be much better.