LUSTRE – The Ashes Of Light
On "The Ashes Of Light" the transformation from an ambient black metal project to an ambient project is complete. For all intents and purposes the album is 6 tracks of keyboards and samples, with long, repetitive compositions based on 1-2 melodies, such as the decidedly least compelling 10+ minute opener, Part 1 (Eyes Like Stars), where you will murder for a change, or tracks which sound like each other’s twins such as the pair Part 2 (A Silent Tale) and Part 4 (The Empty Black) or the aforementioned opener and the closer Part 6 (Lamentation at Dawn), with the only memory of black metal the raspy screams. In this very dreamy but frustratingly boring soundscape one track, Part 3 (Like Music in the Night), shockingly sporting more variety and even ebbing and flowing a little bit, has a potential of being something more than a mere afterthought of the reviewer’s active mind.
What was the point of releasing such a lackLustre effort I’ll never know, but what I do know is that this is hardly something I can recommend to a fan of rock let alone metal music. Perhaps, if one day I have a toothache, and unable to timely attend to a dentist due to the shortcomings of Polish socialized medicine, I might become desperate for a quick fix and play it, but I don’t see another compelling reason for keeping this on my hard drive beyond such an extreme and unlikely emergency.