Through its tumultuous existence, Twilight has struggled to define just what it was. Actually, it’s been the public struggling to define the band. Black metal supergroup? The members would scoff at this. Originally started by N. Imperial (Krieg), Wrest (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice), Malefic (Xasthur), Blake Judd (Nachtmystium) and Hildolf (Draugar), one would argue this being the ultimate kult supergroup. Their debut album was recording by mailing cassette tapes back and forth between the members. Shortly after it was released they announced they broke up. They never played a show and never planned on it. Most of the members refused to do interviews for the project, if that’s what one would call it.
Almost 5 years later a second album was announced, as was new members. Monument to Time End saw Hildolf and Malefic not in the fold but Sanford Parker (Minsk, Corrections House), Stavros Giannopolous (The Atlas Moth) and Aaron Turner (Isis) contributing to the project. Was ‘project’ the best way to describe Twilight? Demand for the band to perform was extremely high though quickly shot down. Promotion again kept to the minimum. Twilight seemed like it was more of an outlet for some of the most creative musicians in the underground to get together and jam than anything else. Did anything else matter?
The Twilight lore started to grow even strong when it was rumored that Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) had joined the band. Moore had mentioned in interviews his taste for USBM and through mutual friends, was put in touch with Parker. A few months later, N. Imperial, Wrest, Giannopolous, Parker, Moore and Judd got together in a Chicago studio and wrote and recorded III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb. Released as a digipack and LP (1000 pressed worldwide, 500 on purple vinyl, 500 on black) on March 18th, once again it will leave fans wondering what Twilight is. III is much more an experimental album than its predecessors. It’s a dark, uncomfortable listen.
Twilight has already announced they are breaking up and, Judd, one of the founding members is absent from the album. In the end, Twilight’s legacy will be shrouded in mystery and debate but whatever Twilight is, band, project or collaboration, they have undeniable released some of the most unique albums in the underground ever.
III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb:
1. Lungs (Whitehead/Jameson)
2. Oh Wretched Son (Giannopoulos/Whitehead/Jameson)
3. Swarming Funereal Mass (Whitehead/Jameson)
4. Seek No Shelter Fevered Ones (Giannopoulos/Whitehead/Jameson)
5. A Flood of Eyes (Giannopoulos/Moore/Whitehead/Jameson)
6. Below Lights (Parker/Jameson)
• N. Imperial – vocals
• Wrest – drums/bass/vocals
• Stavros Giannopoulos – guitars/vocals
• Sanford Parker – synths/electronics/production
• Thurston Moore – guitar/vocals