Active from 2001-2005, the highly revered side project of LEVIATHAN’s JEF WHITEHEAD, LURKER OF CHALICE, is mostly known for the 2005 self-titled full-length. Prior to that album, however, WREST recorded two CD-R demos under the Lurker of Chalice name, each of which was limited to approximately 50 copies or less and sold at a single record store in San Francisco, near where he was living at the time. Like the full-length, both demos were eponymous, though the first demo was identified only by the initials L.O.C. written in runes. While a few of the songs from the demo era bear indicia of black metal, the material from that period is generally far more experimental, defying any effort to be neatly categorized. For Tellurian Slaked Furnace, Wrest has distilled the best material from the early period of the project and edited, collaged, and compiled it, weaving together something more coherent and album-like. In this way, there seems to be something of his current artistic sensibility projected onto these recordings from nearly two decades earlier.

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