Fuck yes! Finally, more Lurker Of Chalice music for us all to ingest, digest and trip out on. Now, I know what you all are wondering and no, this is not “new” music per say, for it is a compilation of early, demo material from this project. But much like some of Wrest’s other compilations that he has given us, it has been “edited, collaged, and compiled it, weaving together something more coherent and album-like.” (Via Metal Archives) So, basically it is all new to us, even if you got your hands on those early demos, somehow, this is a completely different beast, not entirely but still different.
Now, I know, there are some of you out there reading this that have no clue who Lurker Of Chalice or the aforementioned Wrest may be. But do not fret, for I will briefly surmise exactly what and who we are talking about here in this paragraph. Wrest(a.k.a. Jef Whitehead) is the main and only member of Lurker Of Chalice but is more widely known as the main and, again, only member of the great Black Metal outfit known as Leviathan. There, I hope that was enough of a description for all of you that do not know. For the rest of you, I am sorry for even including this part.
So, onto “Tellurian Slaked Furnace.” What we get with this compilation is more fantastic and otherworldly ambient, atmospheric, black tinged greatness for us all to enjoy. Wrest writes some of the most touching and alien music that you would ever hear in your life with this project here. The whole presence of this album is it’s atmosphere and feel, which was on full effect today as I listen to and write about this album. Today, in my area, we were being blanketed my a rather large and beautiful snowstorm. Just walking around in the falling snow while having “Tellurian Slaked Furnace” in my ears was a magical and marvelous moment, it really made the cold, dark elements of the work resonate just that much more.
Honestly, yes, I have written this review much like a fanboy of Wrest would do. And yes, I am a self admitted fanboy. But that does not take away from the greatness that this man produces. Lurker Of Chalice here is just one side of his persona, a side that includes the atmospheric ambient blackness but also adds some playing around with no wave sounds, a little tinge of noise and even a little post-punk, post-metal in there for good measure. It all adds up to an aura experience that you will never forget. (Ben Schultz)