Lustre – Wonder [Review]

Lustre – Wonder

Ah, Lustre returns with its much-anticipated fourth full-length. Its name says it all in terms ov music; powerful, distorted guitars, methodical drumming, perfect coldness and gloriously immersive atmospherics permeate each song that frontman Nachtzeit meticulously crafts. One might even be so bold as to say it is reminiscent ov true wonderment. Exquisite, delicate, finite, yet with a touch ov sadness spread throughout in realization ov such rare and fleeting beauty; that is what I’ve come to expect with each release. And Wonder doesn’t disappoint.

Nachtzeit delving into the depths ov his psychoses to bring us mighty anthems ov yesteryear!

Much in classic Lustre style, we’re first greeted with Moonlit Meadow, a song that has slow, fastidious percussion and is primarily driven by the ambient keys and warm, vibrant guitars. Along with the bulk ov the song’s structure come these soothing, heedless interludes ov what I assume is harpsichord synth, much akin to how later Summoning constructs their style ov music.  And if you’re no stranger to either band, when done right, it makes the song or songs all the more immersive!

Green Worlds kicks the harpsichord synth up even further by primarily starting off with it before unleashing faster-paced drumming and the same fuzzy, homogeneous riffing we all know and love. Hyper-immersive ambience is the way ov Lustre, ever since his first release, “Serenity,” and though no different in his style, I feel that there was no need for vocals in any ov this. Let the listener just immerse him or herself in the already dense, structured music. Out ov all these faces Nachtzeit has shown me, A Summer Night is potentially my favorite. About halfway through the song, the guitars cease entirely and leave only the percussion and synth. And though some wouldn’t like it, gods, it was such an amazingly deep and emotive piece. Furthermore, when I heard the vocals kick up, I felt that only in parts like these were they even necessary. A truly innovative stroke ov musical genius!

The L stands for “Last to Disappoint”!

I doubt it even needs to be said, but Lustre will keep delivering on the promises it laid out for its listeners until the end ov time. Highly recommended for anyone who loves Summoning or Hypothermia!

– S.

Noteworthy Tracks: Green Worlds, A Summer Night, Petrichor

Score: 96%

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