LUSTRE

Atmospheric Black Metal / Non-Metal / Metal Related Genres • Sweden
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Lustre is an atmospheric / ambient black metal band project from Östersund, Sweden, formed in autumn of 2008 by the only member Nachtzeit.

(Biography written by Vehemency, August 2010.)
Thanks to Vehemency for the addition and UMUR, adg211288, tupan for the updates

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Nordvis 2017
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Nordvis 2015
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LUSTRE Night Spirit album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Night Spirit
Atmospheric Black Metal 2009
LUSTRE A Glimpse of Glory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Glimpse of Glory
Atmospheric Black Metal 2010
LUSTRE They Awoke to the Scent of Spring album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
They Awoke to the Scent of Spring
Atmospheric Black Metal 2012
LUSTRE Wonder album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Wonder
Atmospheric Black Metal 2013
LUSTRE Blossom album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blossom
Atmospheric Black Metal 2015
LUSTRE Still Innocence album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Still Innocence
Atmospheric Black Metal 2017

LUSTRE EPs & splits

LUSTRE Serenity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Serenity
Atmospheric Black Metal 2008
LUSTRE Welcome Winter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Welcome Winter
Atmospheric Black Metal 2009
LUSTRE Of Strength and Solace album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Of Strength and Solace
Atmospheric Black Metal 2012
LUSTRE Feigur / Lustre album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Feigur / Lustre
Atmospheric Black Metal 2012
LUSTRE Vixerunt album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vixerunt
Atmospheric Black Metal 2013
LUSTRE A Spark of Times of Old album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Spark of Times of Old
Atmospheric Black Metal 2013

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LUSTRE Neath the Black Veil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Neath the Black Veil
Non-Metal 2009

LUSTRE re-issues & compilations

LUSTRE Lost in Lustrous Night Skies album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Lost in Lustrous Night Skies
Atmospheric Black Metal 2013

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The First Snow
Metal Related Genres 2018

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LUSTRE Lost in Lustrous Night Skies

Boxset / Compilation · 2013 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Genre: dark ambient

A compilation of sorts, this release features tracks from hard-to-come by EP and cassette releases from the Swedish atmospheric black metal act Lustre, and should thus be quite valuable to fans.

The five tracks lean more towards dark ambient than black metal, and are rich in both atmospheric keyboard effects and melancholic melodies also performed on keyboards. There are black metal elements, to be sure, in the form of heavily distorted guitars and what sounds like programmed drums. The black metal instrumentation is, however, not ubiquitous and serves more of a background function. In terms of vocals Nachtzeit - the only member of Lustre - makes use of harsh screechy vocal noises and tortured screams.

So, yes, there are black metal elements, but this release is primarily a dark ambient one, and there is more Depeche-Mode-gone-Satanic atmosphere than proper black metal mayhem on "Lost in Lustrous Night Skies".

Fans of Lustre specifically, and of dark ambient music in general, should definitely track down this collection of Lustre rarities. If you are not into, or do not understand, dark ambient music, then your money is better spent on something else.

LUSTRE They Awoke to the Scent of Spring

Album · 2012 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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'They Awoke to the Scent of Spring' - Lustre (6/10)

Especially since it became a larger part of my musical diet, I have stood by the belief that there is a style of black metal for just about any occasion. Although the typical surface black metal image evokes equal parts cheese and Satanism, just about every mood and energy has been touched upon by someone. With that in mind, it should be less of a contradiction to say that Lustre’s “They Awoke to the Scent of Spring” is one of the mellowest albums I have heard in ages. Although the production and guitar tone tends to indicate something that would fit under the black metal umbrella, the direction, tone and lilting atmosphere all give the impression of tranquility- something rarely seen in metal to begin with. Slow, gloomy and brooding, Lustre has created a notably ungrim soundtrack for meditation. It’s great when it suits the mood, but if a listener isn’t in the mood for something so ambient, the ponderous approach will wear out fast. Don’t forget to bring your sleeping bags, gentlemen.

In an album structure seemingly optimized for a vinyl release, Lustre has split the album into four pieces. More importantly, the first and latter sides take a separate approach to achieve the dreary ambiance. While the first half adopts a melodic, depressive sound, the third and fourth segments eschew black metal entirely in favour for a much cleaner sound, halfway between traditional dark ambient music and post-rock. This separation aside, “They Awoke to the Scent of Spring” has a pretty uniform mood throughout. The atmosphere betrays sadness and grief, but not to the extent where hope escapes completely. Regardless of style, Lustre creates a feeling that requires no effort or challenge on the part of the listener. For a year that’s seen quite a few cerebral black metal albums released, Lustre offers a refreshing change of pace.

That’s not to say, however, that Lustre’s music is entirely mindless. Although each composition tends to stick with and exploit a couple of ideas each, Lustre mastermind Nachtzeit builds these compositions well. While there’s not quite enough depth to satisfy an attentive listener, the gradual changes in percussion and synth textures are subtle and effective. The first half is very strong in this regard- although there’s enough repetition here to make Varg Vikernes check his watch, occasional changes (in the case of the drum pattern) or additions (in the case of the pleasant synth arrangements that pop up at the end of parts one and two) are a thoughtful bolster to the otherwise monotonous structure. The instrumental production is well-chosen; the music has an incredibly soft touch to the ear. Even the vocals- practically inaudible whispers that barely survive the mix and reverb-sound designed to wash over the listener. Nachtzeit’s vocal work has been tweaked with atmospheric effects to the point where it barely sounds like a human voice, and more like a subway train passing by. It’s unsettling to hear at first, but the completely declawed sound of it doesn’t warrant more than a moment’s consideration.

Although the first side’s listless approach leaves something to be desired from the wakeful listener, it is a well-composed and executed ambient twist on the black metal formula. The second half is even more listless however, and this is where the conscious interest seems to drop off completely.”Part III” adopts a similar compositional approach to the first two, albeit with a clean guitar this time. “Part IV” takes the ambiance a step further, throwing out the drums and guitars and introducing a pleasant rain sample to pair up with the synth. Once again, there is absolutely nothing offensive or jarring to the ears, but Lustre doesn’t create enough tension in the sound to make it all that interesting. Side B lacks the stirring melodies of the first half, but the melancholic atmosphere remains.

I guess I would tend to call this ‘sleeptime metal’ if I were to give it some sort of arbitrary label. The slow, slothlike music is an effective soother, and the rain sample that ends the album is proverbial icing on the cake. It’s not an album that excites in any way, but it’s a pleasant piece of ear candy that demands nothing of its listener. As an ambient album, it succeeds, although I wouldn’t recommend listening to this while driving or operating heavy machinery.

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