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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow/Hyrrokkin – Faltered Pursuit album review

Merzbow meets metal on this excellent new collaboration with ou·tré rockers Hyrrokkin. Masami Akita is no stranger to metal. The much-celebrated Venereology is Merzbow doing extreme metal like death metal … Continue reading

September 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Winter Nights – Sky Burial album review

NYC death metalheads Winter Nights hit their stride on Sky Burial, their bleakest and most brutal offering to date.  New York City death metal quartet Winter Nights have been a … Continue reading

August 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tape Tuesday: The Voice of Saturn – Gratitude (WF35)

It’s all about the little things on Travis Thatcher’s most recent synth-driven odyssey for Woodford Halse! Let’s be real… for the most part the last almost 2 years have been … Continue reading

August 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mask of Satan – Underneath the Mire album review

Second album from Finland’s Mask of Satan blends Old School Thrash with death metal precision and a doomy pall on Underneath the Mire. It’s hard not to interpret Finland’s Mask … Continue reading

July 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Rainbow Electronics (Alchemy, 1990) album review

Culled from 21 hours of archival recordings, Merzbow’s Rainbow Electronics is a noise symphony in 4 movements. Noise albums can come in two varieties – major and minor releases to … Continue reading

July 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Triwave Pagoda (Elevator Bath) album review

The old meets the new; the sacred meets the profane on Triwave Pagoda, an excellent new noise cassette from Merzbow on Elevator Bath. Masami Akita‘s love for junk is no … Continue reading

July 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Remblandt Assemblage (Merzbox Disc 3, 1981) album review

One of Merzbow’s earliest recordings nods to the theoretical underpinnings of the project as well as his earliest improv techniques. Speaking on the influence of pioneering German Dada artist Kurt … Continue reading

June 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Collection Era Vol. 3 (Merzbox Disc 6, 1981)

This collection of the Collection era, compiled as disc 6 of the Merzbox, is more of a historical curiosity than essential listening.  Before the harsh noise, the sheets of damaging … Continue reading

June 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Scandal (Room40, 2021)

A trio of lost recordings from 1992 to 1995 flies in the face of the idea that Merzbow is overly-prolific.  If you’ve ever read any reviews of Merzbow, or any … Continue reading

June 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Door Open at 8 a.m. (Alien8, 1999)

Make a jazz noise here Although many claim for hip-hop or various kinds of electronic music to be the spiritual successors to jazz, especially the more far-flung variants like free … Continue reading

May 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

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