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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

enereph/Production Unit Xero – Premoniss | Bukimi no Tani Genshō [HTX099] album review

Seattle’s enereph and Portland’s Production Unit Xero explore modern classic, ambient, and streamlined beats for this evocatively poetic split for Heterodox Records! Recalling a time when I was quite young, … Continue reading

February 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Markus Guentner – Extropy (A Strangely Isolated Place) album review

Markus Guentner rounds out his ambient science fiction trilogy for A Strangely Isolated Place with a dose of much-needed optimism on Extropy. Imagine, if you will… you are in a … Continue reading

September 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

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

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

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 – 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

Nightports W/ Betamax album review

Leeds-based sound experiment Nightport show how much can be done within the confines of a very simple premise on their second album, this time sculpted in conjunction with The Comet … Continue reading

June 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Best Dark Ambient Albums of March 2020

The streets are all empty. We are all living in quarantine. We are essentially living inside of a Dark Ambient album now. Now is the perfect time to listen to … Continue reading

April 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ringo Deathstarr – Ringo Deathstarr album review

On their first album in 5 years, Austin, TX’s Ringo Deathstarr trade in more mainstream shoegaze for more esoteric influences. When My Bloody Valentine were on an indefinite hiatus in … Continue reading

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

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