Gazing Too Long Into The Abyss: A Soundtrack to Nightmares

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“What the hell are you listening to?!” is the most common reaction. “That’s creepy, man” is another. I’ve also heard “Sounds like a horror movie where someone is about to get killed.” Understandable. What is it about specific soundscapes that evoke such a visceral reaction? Unfamiliarity? Years of pop culture conditioning about serial killers and post-apocalyptic wastelands? Or, a general curiosity about hearing something that seems like it wasn’t meant to be heard? Why not all of ’em?

Heavy metal and disturbing sounds are inherently linked. The thunderstorm at the beginning of Black Sabbath. The icy, echoed churning that introduces In The Nightside Eclipse. The reverberating scrapes, whispers and far-away rumbles that occupy the backgrounds of countless song breaks and bridges, preparing the listener for a searing guitar solo or the final closing crescendo. With that in mind, here are three artists who embody and fully exploit the haunting side of sound.

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Many of you may already be familiar with the murky sound experimentation and sinister atmospheres Lustmord (aka Brian Williams) has been crafting since the early 80s, or more recently you may have seen his name attached to Guillermo del Toro’s series The Strain. Employing deep infrasound frequencies and utilizing field recordings from crypts, sewers, morgues and other naturally unpleasant places, Lustmord’s offerings feel less like they were created by a man with an ear for audible shadow and more like he simply happened to be in the right awful place at the right terrifying time, witnessing a gathering of indescribable forces, coaxing layer upon layer of cold, colorless sound to bleed straight from the rock walls of a forgotten subterranean god’s tomb. Thorough listening is rewarded as Lustmord tracks can shift in tone and intensity from beginning to end, occasionally featuring a few brief moments of somber melody, which doesn’t last long before you’re once again faced with the unending black void indifferent to your mortal plight.


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If Lustmord mines his inspiration from the tectonic depths, then HOST (ex-The Amenta) seems capable of wrangling his straight out of an unknown electromagnetic spectrum. Clad in the sketchy static and squelching radio frequencies of an abandoned communications outpost, tracks like Active Resistance paint a picture of a world bleached of life, where our omnipresent digital signal-spewing devices big and small wind down over the course of decades, autonomously playing themselves off the planet to no one in particular, the spaces between their ones and zeroes growing longer by the day. HOST tracks are at once deeply rich and disturbingly lo-fi; certain sounds and drones cut through crystal clear, while others sound like they’re survivors of an over-zealous digital compression designed to eliminate them before they reach human ears.


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Taking a slightly different approach, Big China & Little Trouble (no, that’s not a typo) stitch together washes of echoed white noise, musical fragments, analog blips & chirps, effect loops, buzzing feedback and sounds that have been digitally stretched waaay past the point of coherence to create a brutal, musique concrete David Lo Pan: seemingly benign at first (the “little ol’ basket case on wheels” phase), but much more sinister when given time to reach its full potential (the “ten foot tall roadblock” phase). Equal parts Metal Machine Music and experimental film score, a staggering amount of depth and detail is woven into the densely-packed compositions, some of which is outright frightening, some subtle, and some which may not reveal itself even after repeat listens. Don’t let the the track titles taken from the John Carpenter film fool you, these are sounds for a bleak environment.


Got any other suggestions? Share & discuss in the comments. We didn’t need to sleep tonight anyway. Really.

 

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  • Christian Molenaar
    • Negrodamus

      Christian I think at this point I would have to stop communicating with you entirely to have any hope of ever getting through all of the recommendations from you for this kinda stuff within the last couple of weeks, or just stop commenting on the Toilet Ov Hell. Lol.

      • Stockhausen

        Right??

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Oooh, cool sounds

    • CyberneticOrganism

      APPROVE ┼ ┼ ┼ thanks man!

  • Beunhaas

    This. This I like. This I dig. No Flushes.

  • Beautifully written, you cybernetic fuck.

    • Negrodamus

      As someone who is a n00b / on the fringe of this style of music, I have to say I appreciate getting some more introductory information.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Thanks MSD m/

  • This is George’s most furious live version of Mr.Scary.

    NO ambient noise here! I literally got goose bumps the first time I saw this video

    GL

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5mdNW756fo

    • RuIN?

      That is also George’s most furious samurai ponytail ever.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      George you are the real deal man, a shredder with soul who can write songs that i still hear in my head without listening to it, It’s just there in my psyche. If a person don’t like DOkkEN they don’t like metal.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        ……

  • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

    Can’t listen to this stuff yet, but DAMN was that a well-written piece.

    • Agree. Good stuff.

    • Yea this stuff is a little to uh, out there for me atm, but it is a hell of a piece of writing.

      • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

        I meant more like I can’t listen to this stuff right now because I’m at werk, but it seems like something I wouldn’t really listen to for fun.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Thanks ACFP ┼ ┼ ┼

  • Tyree

    This guy scares the shit out of me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9HEoCbzZH0

    • NO FUCK THIS DUDE.

      • Tyree

        I know.

    • Christian Molenaar

      Yo @disqus_4E0xQtrX2p:disqus, if you aren’t on this already…get on it, along with his other projects Cloak of Altering, Aderlating, Atrocious, Astral, De Magia Veterum, the Nefarious Cult and Ophiuchus.

      • Tyree

        Excellent! I know this guy is involved with other projects that I have not heard yet. I’ll get on it.

        • Christian Molenaar

          He’s got some other sort of doomy bands he’s been in as well but I’m not so into all of them.

      • Stockhausen

        Thanks for ruining any hope of free time I’ve ever had now.

        • Christian Molenaar

          I live to serve!

      • Negrodamus

        Cloak of Altering is a sweet name for a band or noise project.

        • Christian Molenaar

          A sweet band, too! Weirdo noisy black metal. You’ll like it.

          • Negrodamus

            I mean, I just wanna check out Whitehouse.

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        I got into Ophiuchus and De Magia Veterum before Gnaw Their Tongues, think Spikes Through Eyes remains my favourite Mories release.

        • Christian Molenaar

          Do you like Cloak of Altering? It’s literally just Ophiuchus under a different name. He put out a new album this year on Crucial Blast, and while I haven’t spent a whole lot of time with it it’s definitely going to be one to remember at the end of the year.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve heard, sounds like some of his most fully realised songwriting. I’ve not heard all that much though, need to get better acquainted.

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          i am thinking of starting a horror/sexy women blog, but i don’t know how to do it, you have any knowledge on that kind of thing.

    • Stockhausen

      WAT

      • Christian Molenaar

        Brah:
        http://theauditor.bandcamp.com/track/betrayer-of-sleep
        P.S. Dude’s playing bass for Aevangelist on their upcoming tour, if they come near you, go see them. That’s an order, and it goes for all of you.

        • Tyree

          Aevangelist is a harsh band but I can actually sit through a whole album of theirs.

          • Christian Molenaar

            Their new one is coming out in a couple months! Stoked on that, and like I said, if they come near you, ya gotta go. They’re touring with a full band this time which should be really cool.

          • Tyree

            Do they have tour dates posted yet? I’m not finding any.

          • Christian Molenaar

            The tour won’t be until next year so it’ll probably a while before dates get finalized. They put out a call for a drummer recently asking for open availability from February to June, so assuming at least a month is devoted to rehearsals that’s still a pretty lengthy tour. Should be big!

          • Tyree

            Aw, gottcha. Thanks, I’ll keep an eye out then.

          • W.

            The trailer for their upcoming album was spooky.

        • Stockhausen

          Dude, I like that feel a lot. I hope that tour comes near my area!

      • Stockhausen

        Dude, I like that feel a lot. I hope that tour comes near me!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Oh man, gonna have to listen to this for sure, nice.

  • Artificial Brain has some really creepy vibes that I dig in their songs.

    • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

      wanna talk about creepy vibes….spin that new belphagor…

      • I have yet to hear that one, but it is on the massive to hear list.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I was planning on calling out some in-song ambient/noise sections like this for the next entry, seems like there’s so, so many to find in metal songs.

  • Stockhausen

    Great piece of writing! You made me pause Dodecahedron to listen to this stuff and I’m not even mad. I will definitely be jamming (not an accurate word at all) these dudes.

    Anyone ever listen to The Caretaker? It’s a one-man project inspired by The Shining, and it’s right up this alley.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtoqwWYnu24&list=RDTOCn5tPwd4s&index=2

    • Negrodamus

      Dubya, Tyree, and Luc Lemay put me onto that Dodecahedron and it’s solid stuff, too.

      • Stockhausen

        I really like it, it’s rare that a band with that sort of vibe can have that amount of anger in the vocals.

        • Howard Dean

          Dodecahedron are one of the better “DsO-styled” bands (I hate to use the word clone, especially with DsO, because nobody is even in their league). But like the others, they can never quite capture the same intensity and downright emotion as the mighty Deathspell.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Thanks man, I heard about The Caretaker via Pandora a year or two ago and never checked it out, but will now.

  • BTW, I’m adding everyone who comments on this one to a special watch list.

    • Stockhausen

      We’re fine.

      we…………

      re…………………….

      fine………..fne…………in…….fine…………….f……………….ne

      • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

        [REDACTED]

    • Deputy Dipshit

      Mighty Joe Thrashnkill! m/

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        i think i’m on the list for toilet terrorism involving boobs and other lady parts.

        • TrickleDownTacoRiff

          F.B.I…..iron on shirts circa 1977…lol.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            that brings back memories, hahhahhaha

    • God

      What kind of watch list?

      • Negrodamus

        Chemtrails… whoosh

        • Paris Hilton

          Clintons did the okc bombing. Wake up libtard sheeple!

          • HA! Forgot to add libtard to the word trap. I guess we should keep it.

          • Paris Hilton

            I love using that word ironically haha has Captain Tomato Sauce been here yet? How come all libertarian/anarchy type dudes are so into South Park? Why must I live in this existence where such a funny show attracts so many jobless dweebs and their half-baked social theories? Jerk off on the pages of Atlas Shrugged again and leave that show alone!

          • IIRC, the South Park creators are libertarian types.

          • Paris Hilton

            Ew, groce :/

          • KJM

            It’s why I lost interest in that show a long time ago. I’d rather watch Adult Swim because it’s more concerned with making me laugh than preaching to me.

            Atlas Shrugged isn’t even worth using as toilet paper since it would probably give you diaper rash. Don’t even get me started on Ayn Fucking Rand.

          • Paris Hilton

            People who praise Ayn Rand are the fucking WORST!!!

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            Hey you are talking about the beliefs of neil from rush here, blasphemy to we canadians missy ! Take it back or i am telling joe !

          • Max

            There’s some great stuff on the ‘net about libertarian micro-nations, ie: places where stangry tycoons and mercenary types claim or purchase territory (usually a Pacific island or something) and set up a pure free-market economy where they can do what they like and pay little or no tax to a nightwatchman minimal state.

            Practically without exception, these micro-nations collapse quickly. Mainly because, in the memorable words of one article, “whenever your entire population thinks they’re John Galt, it’s hard to find someone to fix the sewage pump.” (http://www.businesspundit.com/the-17-most-interesting-micronations/)

            Of course, very often these places also fail because whichever real nation is nearby simply re-annexes their territory through military intervention – an action totally justified when you’re dealing with an entire population of people possessing the ethics, skill-set and worldview of Jordan Belfort.

          • Negrodamus

            I meant to get back with you sooner, and this is not about libertarianism, but since I played that Sutcliffe Jugend album I have wanted to play it again. That says something about the album, however I am not exactly sure what. Lol. It’s crazy that your boss told you to take if off the air, but I am pretty sure there was a passage on the record I heard where he just kept saying SHUT THE FUCK UP under the cacophony of noise.

          • Max

            Well, to provide some context, I was playing Track 2 (“First Victim: With Knife…”), which is basically a monologue of a murderer yelling at his victim (presumably female – a lot of SJ seems to be rather misogynist). So when the irate station manager called me up, I was assuming she was appalled from a feminist perspective or something. I later found out through discussing it with her that she hadn’t picked up on that aspect at all; she was just going through the McDonald’s drive-thru with her 8 year-old son in the passenger seat when I put it to air, and he started laughing hysterically at all the “FUCK!!!”s.

            More context: I was in a nighttime “Adults Only” slot, but in Australia during summer, it’s still basically daytime at about 8:30 pm. So here’s this respectable middle-aged woman with a child in tow trying to deal with the McDonald’s clerk in broad daylight, and she’s got this shit blasting out of her car. I guess it must’ve been awkward. But there were no hard feelings; we laugh about it now.

            At any rate I’m pleased my recommendation has apparently had such impact upon you. I’d give you more, but I know you’ve got a massive backlog of stuff as it is! Still, I owe you: The next time you ever make a recommendation to me personally, I HAVE to give it a thorough listen.

          • Negrodamus

            If you haven’t heard The Sun Through A Telescope’s I Die Smiling, that would be mine. Doom / drone / noise / etc. I consider it to be a bizarre and brilliant masterpiece, not sure why I love it so much lol. I’m just running out to work it is 5:46 am here; there is more context but I’ll leave you with the album. If you have heard I can think of something else!

            http://tstat.bandcamp.com/album/i-die-smiling

          • Max

            Well, I love the cover art for starters. Ooh, and I see it’s mastered by the guy from Old Lady Drivers!

            Just starting to listen now. Full report within 24 hours.

          • Negrodamus

            Even though it has been my go to recommendation / album to harass people about, I want to do a TOH post about it and put the damn thing to rest. Then I would need another ace up my sleeve I suppose, lol

          • Max

            Just finished! Initial thumbs-up, but I’ll give it a few more run-throughs tomorrow! Gotta do you justice, man.

          • Max

            Verdict – I like it! It’s quite a cohesive encompassing of several genres but not in a way that appears forced. He hasn’t done this half-baked!

            Favourite tracks would be 1, 3, 6 and 7. Track 5 is good too, if a little overlong for me. But none of it is bad.

            I like a record that balances compositions and ambient movements. This guy really knows what he’s doing in that regard. It’s not a record you really get tired of at any point. I also like his evil guitar tone and vocal sounds (especially his harsher vocals). The drums are perhaps a little rawer than what I usually prefer but really, they suit the atmosphere perfectly.

            Cheers for the recommendation, man!

          • Negrodamus

            Sure, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I just finished writing a Toilet Ov Hell post about it and referenced you by name, lol.

            He has some other stuff I enjoy, but, nothing as much as I Die Smiling I think that is his most complete and thorough work.

            This weekend I’m gonna listen to a couple records that sound more like music!

          • I know it’s just a video game, but as a thought experiment, that’s basically the background history of the Bioshock universe: failed society based on objectivism.

          • Deputy Dipshit

            I spotted Hair Metal Police and replied with a link over to our porcelain palace. I remember there were a few people who were looking for him, but I can’t remember who.

          • Deputy Dipshit

            Coal rolling libtard Prius’ since 2014 n/

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            CONAN LOVES WOMEN WEDNESDAY !
            My favorite all natural model penthouse pet.
            Yes, conan knows her personally (to some extent).

        • crazytaco_12

          *sprays vinegar into the air*

          • Negrodamus

            OBAMA IS A REPTILIAN SHAPESHIFTER

          • Pierre Generic

            Another thing that’s been annoying the shit out of me about MS lately, besides PedoVince, is that one poster with his Alex Jones conspiracies. Bad enough I have to hear that shit from my Micheal Savage listening co-workers. I don’t need to hear it from some random asshole on-line.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            are you talking about zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ? he’s been around since the old blabbermouth days, he’s cool actually, its his schtick and it can be entertaining once in awhile.

          • Negrodamus

            I like your username.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            non smoke roller

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I watched you type that. I’ve always been watching.

    • Matt Damon

      MATT DAMON

      • Negrodamus

        NegroD

        • Deputy Dipshit

          Deputy Dipshit!

          • Negrodamus

            Deputy NegroD!

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      ………..

      • Cock of Steele

        Late to the party sidenote: Big Trouble in Little China=One of my favorite Kurt Russell films.

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          I like almost all kurt russell movies, everyone hated death proof but he was great, it was the script that sucked. A serial killer with a car as a weapon, that was cool, plus the chicks were smoking in that.

          • Cock of Steele

            It was a Quentin Tarantino script, I thought that meant it was automatically good.

    • The Satan ov Hell

      I don’t just listen to this stuff, I make this stuff.

  • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

    there was an entire second disc that came with a morbid angel CD I bought once that sounded a lot like the lustmord. I admit to littering that CD out my car window on the side of the road somewhere. I immediately stomped on the gas and rolled coal on a Prius after chucking it. man it felt good

    • one million upvotes!!!

      • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

        instagib!

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      While driving me and my friends would listen to my friends burned cd’s and for fun throw them out when one of us heard something we didn’t like. St anger was one of the first, and i hate to say it when i heard the mighty peter steele say i like GOILS in that NY accent that disc went out the window with extreme prejudice.

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      On the matter of Alan Dubin, the mighty O.L.D.! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC5ux44Bxog

      • Sight Vnseen

        Haha! Way late but thanks for mentioning them. Gonna check out the bands 365 mentioned.

        Where are my dentures? Ha.

  • Sponge Of Mystery

    i started listening to that first Lustmord track and realized that i should save this article for later tonight when it’s pitch black outside. Creepy stuff

    • CyberneticOrganism

      DO THAT, it’s fun and terrifying.

      • Sponge Of Mystery

        that’s the best kind of fun!

    • Pitch black and snowing is the best.

  • silent hill soundtrack shit up in here

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I will most likely cover a couple of those in the next entry; I listen to those soundtracks on a regular basis and some of those songs are pretty goddamn creepy.

      • Gloryhole Castration

        Half-Life 2 soundtrack?

  • NDNOvHell

    Those Lustmord tracks. I’m interested in looking deeper into stuff like this. Awesome!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Definitely do; his stuff takes a bit of time to gain momentum, i.e., it won’t jump out at you right away, but the Heresy album in particular might be his most “visual,” it just mentally transports you away from whatever you’re doing.

      • NDNOvHell

        Sounds great. I’ll check it out asap. Thanks for sharing good sir

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    What do you mean, my subconscious will be heavily influenced by these? Music is a lovely thing, it can’t hurt me! My dreams are wonderful…gruesome, hellish landscapes filled with shit that wants to rape my ass!

    On a serious note; this is like a good horror movie/story. You know it’ll make you check around every corner and leave on the lights, but it’s just too damn saucy to leave alone! I’ll remember this post for when I need music to freak people out.

    And I agree with others, the writing is superb and really helped pull me in.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Thanks! m/

  • Deputy Dipshit

    *rocking back and forth uncontrollably*

    • Deputy Dipshit

      For the record, I am still listening to Lustmord. Dear God.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        It’s addictive isn’t it?

        • Deputy Dipshit

          It really is. Just couldn’t stop!

  • Gorgasm

    It’s not very noisey, but it’s great ambient music to play Mass Effect to.

    Or even just to sit and dream for a bit. The name Atlantis Purge makes me think of the last minutes before Atlantis was destroyed, and i can kind of hear that happening in the second of this tune.

    http://vcorecordings.bandcamp.com/track/atlantis-purge

  • Gorgasm

    Fook ya, do i love me some noise!!

    Hail the Toilet!!

  • Howard Dean

    Awesome article and nice recs.
    As far as creepy sounds/uncomfortable soundscapes, I’ve always been a sucker for Blut Aus Nord (the industrial/ambient/noise strain). The first time I heard the mechanical ambling (shambling?) of The Work Which Transforms God, I was listening over headphones during a walk. I nearly shit myself.
    Tangentially: Memoria Vetusta III soon! Can’t wait! As much as I love creepy BAN, the soaring and icy majesty of the Memoria Vetustas (and Ultima Thulee) are my favorites. MVIII is going to kick so much ass!
    Byyyyyyyaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!

    • Negrodamus

      The melodies on Ultima Thulee are mind boggling.

      • Howard Dean

        Seriously. And Vindsval was like 15 years old when he wrote that album. Fucking ridiculous!

        • Negrodamus

          GTFO Howard Dead. You can’t be serious now.

          • Howard Dean

            To quote Eric Cartman, I’m seriously, you guys. His exact age when forming the band isn’t known (he had the band under the shortly-lived moniker of “Vlad” before it was BAN) but it was estimated that he was 15 or 16 when he wrote Ultima Thulee, which was their debut recording as BAN (no friggin demos!) Serious contender for the best debut album ever.
            Also: I think Ihsahn and company were only 16 when they wrote In The Nightside Eclipse. The art some people are able to create at such a young age is mindboggling.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I’ve thought about this for some time and the conclusion I keep coming back to is that Ihsahn, Vindsvak et al are wizards.

  • FeelTheDarkness

    I find that this is what the Apocalypse is going to sound like:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TICmWym9DmU

  • Gurp

    I don’t know if this counts, but Sunn O)))’s “Decay2 [Nihil’s Maw]” is one of my favorite ambient tracks I’ve ever heard. Bonus points for having Attila Csihar guest appearing on the track helping to croak out Indian scripture of the Age of Kali.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RqpPNOUzHs

  • W.

    Have you ever listened to Nihil Novi Sub Sole?

  • Mother Shabubu III

    Good music to explore the dark oceans of the mind and recovering things to bring to the surface. Enter the realm of the Cuckoo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zL6eMcRZ_s

    • W.

      These guys should be turning up in a post soon enough.

      • Mother Shabubu III

        I’m not one to tell an ex-president how to do his job, but please do a dual one and mention The Old Wind. They rule as well and stemmed from the same awesome band, Breach.

  • Mother Shabubu III

    Also, NON is right up your alley and the shadow following you through said alley. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XJ_n2p4HCc

  • Cthulhu

    Terra Tenebrosa own these fuckers.

  • Xan

    Holy fuck that was some dark shit. I believe I have found my new horror story writing music for the next month.

  • RuIN?

    Where’s the upvote button for this whole thread?! This stuff is freaky and y’all are sucking up my day this stuff. Woop Woop.

  • Gloryhole Castration

    Autechre has some creepy stuff, its a little more beat driven though. Kid 606 is fucked up too, super glitchy!

  • Xan

    Thomas sat in his room, alone. The rain
    propelled itself down upon the metal roof which covered his
    disheveled home. On his lap sat a book and a octagon shaped stone
    that was smooth and perfectly black. The book was open. Upon the
    damaged yellowed pages were drawings and scribblings that one might
    see in a serial killer’s diary. Drawings of horrifying beasts with
    cruel claws and sinister expressions were littered about the pages as
    Thomas browsed through. The smell of decay was about. Mold and mildew
    permeated the thick air and the stench of cigarette smoke slithered
    it’s way into the nostrils of all who dared to draw near it. Thomas’
    head pounded with pain. He hated the smell of cigarettes. His parents
    had smoked as far back as he could remember. He stole a pack from
    their dresser when he was eleven and had smoked one in the back yard
    but it caused him to become violently ill for nearly three days. An
    infernal buzzing kept Thomas’ concentration from focusing. He
    suspected it was either the lighting system that had been haphazardly
    thrown together or perhaps a wasps nest somewhere in the ceiling.
    Thomas came to a page which had an image of the stone that sat
    menacingly on his lap. He couldn’t read the writing. It didn’t appear
    to be written in the English alphabet. The page showed a hand held
    above the stone dripping down a viscous red liquid onto the stone.
    The picture on the next page showed a red electrical charge emitting
    from the stone. This peaked Thomas’ interest. He had already planned
    his suicide for tomorrow night. The note was already written, tucked
    away in the pocket of his faded and ripped jeans. The clock on the
    wall illuminated as the hour hand hit the 4:00 mark. Thomas went to
    sleep.

    The clock on the wall illuminated as
    the hour hand hit the 7:00 marker. The sky had darkened by then.
    Thomas had gone for a walk through the woods all day. He had climbed
    his favorite trail up to the peaks of the mountains and meditated
    upon the rocks as the day became humid. He traveled to a shack where
    he and his friend often hung out. It wasn’t exactly a pretty place
    but they had enjoyed coming up here and listening to music and
    experiencing the highs that drugs provide. Those times had been long
    over. Now the shack was in disrepair and nature was in the process of
    taking back what was rightfully hers. Thomas had then traveled down
    into the the large pipes which led deep into the sewers. The smell
    was atrocious but he was able to deal with it. It was better than
    cigarettes at any rate. He didn’t know why he came here. This place
    provided nothing but bad memories to him. He had come out of the
    sewers at about 5:00 and decided to head home. He had showered so
    that he wouldn’t look wretched when his parents inevitably found his
    corpse. He ate the dinner his mother cooked for him and quietly went
    off to his bedroom. He picked up his knife, sharpened just that
    morning, and proceeded over to his bed. He drew the blade across the
    palm of his hand. A gleaming stream of blood trickled down and
    covered the stone. Nothing happened. Another disappointment. Sighing,
    Thomas placed the blade in a position to stab into the carotid
    artery. His muscles tensed and his mind screamed in agony, every
    instinct in his body telling him not to do it. Just as the blade
    began to pierce the skin, the stone began to shake. Thomas stopped
    the knife. The shaking became more violent and glowing red cracks
    began to show in the stone. Small wisps of ethereal electricity began
    to emit from the stone. Cracks of thunders could be heard from the
    tempest that had been brewing. The lights in the house began to dim.
    The stone became searing hot. A gust of wind launched itself through
    Thomas’ window, breaking the glass. He vaguely heard a pounding on
    the door and cries from his parents to let them in. The stone was so
    hot that the comforter on the bed caught on fire. Thomas threw the
    stone against the wall, burning the cracked pattern into the palm of
    his hand. Upon impact, the rock shattered and a crimson void tore
    through the fabric of reality. Thomas’ eyes pinned in fear as the
    void began to suck violently causing Thomas to be pulled ever closer
    to it. He tried to get a grip on his bed but it was too late. His
    legs passed through the void and Thomas passed out.

    Thomas awoke to the stench of sulfur.
    The sky was blood red. He lifted his head up an looked around a
    landscape that was bare. The ground was cracked and covered in salt.
    Great black mountains of jagged rock rose in the far distance. It was
    very hot. Thomas sat in the plains, alone.

    • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

      I read that while the 1st Lustmord track was playing in my headphones. Very cool combination.

      • Xan

        Thanks. I wrote that while listening to the first Lustmord track (as well as the second and several others on their Bandcamp).

  • HERE, HAVE SOME HAPPY MUSIC BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6afS8Hwfx3g

  • FalseKvlt

    I’ve been looking for some bleak dissonant ambient like this lately. I tried exploring random albums in the ambient section of bandcamp but stopped before I found anything truly dark and vacant. I’m listening to the 2nd Lustmord track at the moment. Lustmord is a definite purchase for sure so I can fall asleep to it tonight. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Not sure exactly why but I’m gravitating more torwards ambient and somewhat away from heavier music. Appreciate these selections and very well written Cybernetic. More of this please.

    • Xan

      I’m also in search of more ambient music in the vein of Lustmord. I didn’t really dig the other two. They made my head hurt. Sunn O))) has some ambient stuff but it is more in the vein of drone metal. The same goes with Boris and Earth.

      • FalseKvlt

        Trent Reznor’s the girl with the dragon tattoo soundtrack is worth checking out.

    • Gloryhole Castration

      Boards of Canada is pretty bad-ass. Download(side project of Skinny Puppy) as well.

  • crazytaco_12

    Damn dude, I have way too much music to listen to. I’m still chewing on the “Unique Leader tech death badassery” and “DSBM” articles from yesterday.

  • FalseKvlt

    Lustmord does appear to be on Spotify except for the Carbon/Copy album that immersion is from. Time to see how this affects my dreams.

  • Gloryhole Castration
    • Disqus will embed video for you just by pasting the youtube URL. You don’t need to add the embedding code.

      • Gloryhole Castration

        Haha sorry man, my bad! New to this disqus thing!

        *flushpalm*

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  • Metaphysical Anus

    Scott Walker’s Drift or Bish Bosch are quite creepy.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I4ibT3Dp24A

  • Mook Styfawker

    Missed this from yesterday. Yay Lustmord, and the rest of this stuff would be great for any horror movie, instead of the usual drek like William Control.

  • heyaqualung

    The entirety of Excavation by The Haxan Cloak is insane; it’s a concept album of the journey after death. If you guys dig WIFE (James Kelly of Altar of Plagues’) new project, this is the guy who produced it. You can definitely hear trappings of this style on the WIFE record. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZhhdnegHSA