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This article is about the dark ambient musician. For the Cradle of Filth song "Lustmord and Wargasm", see Cruelty and the Beast. For the crime, see Lust murder.
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Lustmord playing at Norbergfestival, 2011.
Background information
Birth name Brian Williams
Origin North Wales[1][2]
Genres Dark ambient
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Synthesizer, programming
Years active 1980–present[2]
Labels Hydra Head, Soleilmoon
Associated acts Tool, Puscifer, SPK, The Melvins
Notable instruments
Mac Pro
Logic Pro[3]
EMS Synthi AKS[4]
Ableton Live[5]

Brian Williams is a Welsh industrial musician, sound designer and film score composer. He is often credited for creating the dark ambient genre with albums recorded under the name Lustmord. His experimental work has been described as "not traditionally 'musical'" with "more clearly visual aspects".[6]


Williams was raised in rural Wales, before relocating in London in his late teens. In London, Williams befriended Throbbing Gristle members Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter, who urged him to make his own music.[1] He started recording as Lustmord in 1980 before joining SPK in 1982.[1][7] Lustmord has extracted field recordings made in crypts, caves, and slaughterhouses, and combined it with occasional ritualistic incantations and Tibetan horns. His treatments of acoustic phenomena encased in digitally expanded bass rumbles have a dark ambient quality. Some of Lustmord's most notable collaborations include Robert Rich on the critically acclaimed[8] Stalker, Jarboe, John Balance of Coil, Monte Cazazza, Clock DVA, Chris & Cosey, Paul Haslinger, and experimental sludge group The Melvins on Pigs of the Roman Empire.

Williams released the album Heresy, considered a milestone of the genre of dark ambient,[9] in 1990.

Williams collaborated with Graeme Revell and Paul Haslinger to contribute as "musical sound designer"[6] and occasionally as additional composer to 44 Hollywood film soundtracks, most notably on The Crow and Underworld.

Sample of Lustmord "Black Star", from Purifying Fire CD (2000).

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Around 1999, Lustmord was also involved with the video game Planescape: Torment—his work eventually went unused when the project changed direction.[10] He provided music and sound design for a variety of other projects since, such as Far Cry Instincts, Underworld or NVIDIA demos, many of which include collaborations with Haslinger.[11]

Lustmord worked on Tool's DVD singles and remixed versions of "Schism" and "Parabola," which were released on 20 December 2005. Lustmord also contributed to Tool's 2006 album 10,000 Days with the atmospheric storm sounds on the title track, "10,000 Days". He later worked again with Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan, collaborating on Keenan's project Puscifer debut album "V" is for Vagina, as well as providing several remixes for "V" is for Viagra. The Remixes. Lustmord eventually generated a collection of dub remixes of several '... Vagina' tracks, known as "D" Is for Dubby - The Lustmord Dub Mixes. The nine track LP was released as a digital download on 17 October 2008, available directly from the Puscifer website. He also did some additional music including the track "The Western Approaches" feat. Wes Borland on guitar for the documentary Blood Into Wine.

Lustmord appeared live for the first time in 25 years as part of the high mass observance by the Church of Satan. The ceremony took place on 6 June 2006.[1][12] A recording of the performance entitled "Rising" was released. Lustmord himself noted that the offer was "one of those things that was just too funny to say "no" to".[13]

Lustmord released the album [ O T H E R ] on California-based label Hydra Head Records in July 2008. It features guest appearances by Adam Jones, King Buzzo, and Aaron Turner.

Lustmord performed for the second time in 29 years at Unsound Festival Kraków on 22 October 2010.[14]

Lustmord performed at Art's Birthday celebration (initiated by Robert Filliou) at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden, on 15 January 2011.[15] He performed at the Unsound Festival in New York for the first time on 9 and 10 April 2011.[16] Lustmord's first performance in the Netherlands was in September 2011 at the Incubate Festival.

Lustmord played for the first time in Moscow, Russia, on 8 April 2012, at Cinema 35mm. Bad Sector played the first act of show.

Personal life[edit]

In early 1990s, Williams relocated to California from London with his wife Tracy, who is a recording studio manager.[1] He is an atheist.[1] He noted that while his ominous music gives an impression to some people that he's "somehow dark and [he] live[s] in a castle or in a dungeon", and that he's "very serious about certain aspects of [his] work", he's "not that serious about [himself]".[13]


Year Title Label
1981 Lustmørd Sterile Records SR 3
1982 Lustmordekay Sterile Records cassette SRC 6
1984 CTI (with Chris & Cosey)
1985 Vhutemas / Arechetypi (with Graeme Revell)
1986 Paradise Disowned Soleilmoon
1990 Heresy Soleilmoon
1991 A Document of Early Acoustic & Tactical Experimentation
1992 The Monstrous Soul Soleilmoon
1992 Psychological Warfare Technology Systems (as Terror Against Terror)
1993 Crash Injury Trauma (as Isolrubin BK)
1994 The Place Where the Black Stars Hang Soleilmoon
1994 Trans Plutonian Transmissions (as Arecibo)
1995 Stalker (with Robert Rich) Fathom/Hearts of Space
1996 Strange Attractor/Black Star
1997 Lustmord vs. Metal Beast (with Shad T. Scott)
2000 Purifying Fire Soleilmoon
2001 Metavoid Nextera
2002 Law of the Battle Of Conquest (with Hecate)
2002 Zoetrope Nextera
2004 Carbon/Core
2004 Pigs of the Roman Empire (with Melvins)
2006 Rising (live album)
2007 Juggernaut (with King Buzzo)
2008 [ O T H E R ]
2008 "D" is for Dubby - The Lustmord Dub Mixes
2009 [ T R A N S M U T E D ]
2009 [ B E Y O N D ]
2009 [ O T H E R D U B ]
2010 Heretic
2011 Songs of Gods and Demons (Compilation)
2013 The Word As Power
2014 Krakow


  1. ^ a b c d e f Needham, Alex (16 March 2013). "Lustmord: ambient's dark star". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Neyland, Nick (12 June 2013). "Lustmord - "Chorazin" (Extract)". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "L U S T M O R D". L U S T M O R D. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  4. ^ "L U S T M O R D". L U S T M O R D. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  5. ^ "Lustmord: the last heretic—FACT magazine: music and art". 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  6. ^ a b Richardson, John; Gorbman, Claudia; Vernallis, Carol (2013), The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics, Oxford University Press, p. 367, ISBN 978-0-19-973386-6 
  7. ^ "Lustmord: The Last Heretic". Fact. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Brenholts, Jim. "Stalker – Lustmord". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  9. ^ "Lustmord – Heresy (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  10. ^ "L U S T M O R D". L U S T M O R D. 2001-07-31. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  11. ^ "L U S T M O R D". L U S T M O R D. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  12. ^ Lustmord Rising, 26 June 2006.
  13. ^ a b
  14. ^ Lustmord to perform for the second time in 29 years at Unsound Festival Krakow. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  15. ^ Lustmord performance, recorded by Swedish national radio. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  16. ^ "Unsound". Retrieved 2011-04-03. 

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