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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Tape Tuesday: Field Lines Cartographer – Formic Kingdom (Woodford Halse) album review

Lancaster’s Field Line Cartographer revives 70s progressive electronics for a concept album about giant ants on his first outing for the essential Woodford Halse cassette label. Ah, the 70s – … Continue reading

February 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Techno Tuesday: Illuvia – Iridescence Of Clouds (A Strangely Isolated Place) album review

Illuvia’s Iridescence Of Clouds for the increasingly essential A Strangely Isolated Place is a gorgeous slice of ambient drum ‘n bass worldbuilding. Yr hovership descends, swooping in on a rose … Continue reading

February 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow vs Nordvargr – Partikel III (Cold Spring) album review

Two masters of noise, experimental electronics, and dark ambiance come together for a third collaboration, a highlight of both of their monolithic discographies. Merzbow is often at his best when … Continue reading

February 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Ambient Classics: Tangerine Dream – Aachen January 21, 1981 album review

On this classic ambient album, Tangerine Dream motor confidently into a new year with a new lineup, eschewing space ambient for a tighter, more song-focused prog ambient. Ah, the early … Continue reading

January 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Arca – Madre album review

Arca ditches the dread, leans into the digital sublime on Madre. Arca’s earliest music is the soundtrack of digital anxiety – sounds converted to shrapnel, endlessly whizzing past yr ears … Continue reading

January 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – E-Study album review

Like walking through a forest of rebar, getting caught in the crossfire of some BB battle, 1981’s E-Study is about as far from Harsh Noise as you can get in … Continue reading

January 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Mukomodulator album review

Two tracks of raw, unfiltered harsh noise from the master Masami Akita, recorded live at a gallery in Tokyo in November 2020. For noise fans, we’ve heard the same tired … Continue reading

January 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

9 Noteworthy Dark Ambient Albums Of November 2020

This dreadful year is creeping towards its close. It’s a strange time… the holidays are still approaching while much of the world is still hibernating in bunkers, waiting for a … Continue reading

December 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ryan Garbes – Tabbed View (Moon Glyph) album review

On his first solo album in 7 years, Wet Hair/Raccoo-oo -oon noisemonger Ryan Garbes returns with his most immediate, vibrant album to date. As part of some of the most … Continue reading

November 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Post-Punk Classics: The Fall – Grotesque (After The Gramme)

The Fall ring in a new decade with a new lineup, a new label, and Grotesque (After The Gramme), a firm fan favourite. The Fall’s third LP, Grotesque (After The … Continue reading

November 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

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