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“The Memory Institute” is now reality! The much anticipated debut full length album of Belgian audio-visual artist Pieter Coussement who has been working for some years on refining the specific LLUMEN sound. This first album offers a diverse palette of sounds blending old school EBM elements with more contemporary modern electronics. It portrays a wide variety of styles, all bound by LLUMEN’s love for complex layered arrangements, pulsing bass and steady beats.
Strong from the resonant success of the “Cold In December” EP released in March 2016, LLUMEN delivers a much varied album that encompasses many of the current trends in dark electronic music, mixing solid EBM roots, emotional melodic Wave and modern electronic trends and which should please fans of ASSEMBLAGE 23, BRUDERSCHAFT, HAUJOBB and FRONT 242.
If the opening track “The Memory Institute” reveals LLUMEN’s love for orchestral pieces, the following “New Moon Rise” pays tribute to fellow countrymen SUICIDE COMMANDO with a distinct old-school vibe. Next to the unmatched mega club hit “Cold In December”, LLUMEN’s dancefloor potential gets nicely confirmed by songs like “Where We Collide”, “Force of Nurture”, “Death Walks on High Heels” or yet “World on Mute” which all showcase impressive diversely layered club-oriented elektro arrangements. But LLUMEN is definitely more than up-tempo music and tunes like “Silicon Cinema” and “Huntress” prove that this one-man project can also write music with a heavy emphasis on more gothic inspired sombre melodies and lyrics.
LLUMEN is a new force on the Belgian dark electro EBM scene we can all count on! A band to discover without hesitation!