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Some press quotes


“As far as Dark Ambient goes, Richard has this pretty much nailed on tracks such as ‘Witch Brogues’. The low-ends drag in an alternate direction to the soaring highs; and the space between is utilised as a playground for other effects.”

Black Audio (UK)


“Although Cut Worms' music clearly falls into the category of drone / dark ambient, Richard has a very pronounced, personal sound. The drones are rich and have a very open, almost orchestral character. This is not the kind of drone that kills your brains, instead it feeds them with imagery.”

Dark Entries (B)


“Krautrock-like harmonies meet darkly painted atmospheres and moods. This creates dark ambient without a mystical superstructure. There's also partially 'Kraut-electronica', but without the usual quest for the cosmos. An achievement that by far not all of his early colleagues could or wanted to fullfill. Tip!”

Sonic Seducer (D)


“This is music of dreams that border on nightmares, but allow in sparse glimmers of light. This is a monochrome CD in countless tones of gloom. However depressed the spirit may be, the tones radiate with an uncanny beauty. The heart flows over, but the ears wallow in this magnificence, even though my headset tends to resonate audibly with the forbidding heavyweights in the deepest sonic recesses.”

Gonzo Circus (B/NL)


“I think these dark, ominous synth pieces are heavily orchestrated beauties ... While the delicate ambient seems to be in abundance in these pages, good quality loud ambient isn’t. Cut Worms is surely one of the better ones in this field.”

Vital Weekly (NL)

"Out of streams of molten ore, he creates sublime walls of sound, sonorous roaring baritone-pillars.”

Bad Alchemy (D)


“Inventive drone music clearly showing Van Kruysdijk‘s sound design skills. Not only very pleasing to listen to but also interesting enough to try to distinguish the sounds you hear.“

Ambientblog (NL)


“Richard Van Kruysdijk – the man who alone is Cut Worms (and what an evocative moniker that is... not that the album title’s far behind) has spent a long time honing his craft, and Lumbar Fist stands alongside artists like Tim Hecker, Oren Ambarchi, Glenn Branca, Stephan Mathieu, Will Guthrie and Jim O’Rourke not just as an exemplar, but an outstanding example of atmospheric, drone-orientated ambience.”

Aural Aggravation (UK)


“Cinematic and atmospheric; Cut Worms manages the sound sources in an effective manner, that many people who flirt with field recordings fail to grasp. First and foremost, the project realises the essential ingredient is actual music and not just a wash of random noises.”

Black Audio (UK)


“It will not start a wild party, but your dreams will surely be a lot richer when you let this sink in before going to sleep.”

Dark Entries (B)


“By letting the music evolve in a thoughful manner, it grabs you in a merciless hold grip in which melancholy, reflections and dreams seem to play a role. It's all of an intriguing beauty. Recommended for fans of Stars Of The Lid, Dirk Serries, BJ Nilsen and Yellow6. What an overwhelming debut!”

De Subjectivisten (NL)


“Below the carefully constructed play of sounds, brooding emotions can be found, often forcefully suppressed. Listen with full attention and an open mind.”

Gonzo Circus (B/NL)


“Lumbar Fist is a solid and perfectly constructed album. It is a haven of peace and you should enjoy it.”

Liability (F)


“Nothing less than a great debut effort.”

Nitestylez (D)


“Like the mercurial sun greeting the alchemist, this albums meets the listener and plays out a holy work; not biblical but one of soul. There are moments where I felt a deep link between practitioner and receiver – Cut Worms broadcasting direct into my world. It was an intense experience and one I will revisit again and again.”

Sigil of Brass (UK)


“Brutalist ambient' is what you could call 'Lumbar Fist' by Cut Worms.”

Westzeit (D)


"The layered plateaus of dark sounds slowly cross the room, build harmonies, atmosphere and cinematic width ... With its fragmented and high contrast soundscapes, Lumbar Fist lies in the upper third of the genre. However, we wouldn't have expected less from Van Kruysdijk."

Sonic Seducer (D)


“There’s much to recommend about the care and attention with which this hard-working creator has built each piece, and there’s a very burnished quality to the sound – a sort of calm inner glow illuminating and suffusing each moment.”

The Sound Projector (UK)


“Great atmospheric, cinematic and intuitive music.”

Radio Nacional de España (ES)


“This music evokes images of old industrial landscapes, in sepia tones, using a healthy amount of reverb to create and emphasize tension in the music... This is all together a very refined release of some of the darker, sinister drone music of late.”

Vital Weekly (NL)

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