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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Low – I Could Live In Hope album review

Released on February 18, 1994, Low’s debut album is the Duluth, Minnesota trio in their purest state – quiet, sparse, haunting and chillingly beautiful. On November 5, 2022, the indie … Continue reading

November 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Bit Blues (Slowdown Recordings) album review

The most recent Merzbow album to receive the digital reissue treatment from Slowdown Records recalls the adage from the Scottish play “all sound and fury… signifying nothing.” Recently, Japan’s Slowdown … Continue reading

August 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Kotorhizome album review

Three brutal koto recordings get their first digital reissue on Slowdown Records on Kotorhizome. Merzbow never stops. He never sleeps, he just keeps pumping out pummeling, grinding, obliterating noise albums, … Continue reading

July 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow & Lawrence English – Eternal Stalker (Dais Records) album review

Two titans of noise music take us on a guided tour through a postindustrial purgatory on this essential collaboration for Los Angeles’ Dais Records Imagine finding yourself wandering through some … Continue reading

June 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow & Arcane Device – Merzbow & Arcane Device (Important Records) abum review

Two titans of ambient noise come together to show what’s possible with the genre on this new collab for Important Records Remix albums offer an opportunity to both showcase the … Continue reading

June 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow + Oren Ambarchi – Cat’s Squirrel (2013) album review

Two titans of noise come together to find the sweet spot between noise, ambient, and drone on Cat’s Squirrel. As we so often say here on Merzbow Monday, the act … Continue reading

January 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Rainbow Electronics II (Dexter’s Cigar, 1996) album review

Merzbow returns to his Dada roots on Rainbow Electronics II from 1996. The idea of making definitive noise albums seems a bit nonsensical. After all, this is a genre that … Continue reading

January 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Red 2 Eyes album review

Red 2 Eyes is an early exploration with the EMS Synthi but its as noisy as you please. When you hear the phrase “modular synth,” you might think of clean, … Continue reading

January 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

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

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

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